It’s been a beautiful summer. Unfortunately, with gorgeous weather, comes pollen allergies, produced by flowers and trees at full bloom in the summer. Pollen allergies are one of the most common allergic reactions in the United States. If you’re like me, these allergies can be a pain, especially the runny noses, scratchy throat, and the watery eyes. I wanted to share some tips with you to get rid of those allergy pains, as well as some of the signs that you may have an allergy.
Pollen Allergy Diagnosis
How do you know if you have a pollen allergy? You can usually visit a doctor, and he will be able to diagnose you. Sometimes doctors might even refer you to an allergist to confirm their diagnosis. Usually if referred to an allergist, they will perform a skin prick test. This test uses small doses of different types of allergens and pricks you with them around your body. If any of the areas swell up, that’s how they determine what you’re allergic to.
The best way to treat allergies is to avoid the allergens altogether. Minimizing the exposure to pollen is the best way to do this; however, this isn’t an easy feat. Staying indoors on dry, windy days can help you avoid being caught up in a pollen-pushed wind. When pollen counts are high, it’s important to wear a dust mask to block out exposure to high pollen amounts. Remember don’t leave your windows open! If avoiding pollen is an issue, you might want to try some over the counter medications. There are antihistamines, such as Zyrtec and Benadryl, decongestants like Sudafed and Afrin nasal spray, and medications that combine both, such as Actifed and Claritin- D.
I leave you with some home remedies to help relieve some pollen allergy symptoms. One solution is to rinse with saline before symptoms strike. If you spritz your nose at least once a day, it should wash away any pollen. There’s also fish oil supplements. Taking these supplements for at least a month helps lower levels of leukotrienes, the chemical that contributes to the allergic reaction. If you want to try something more natural, butterbur has a great track record among herbs to help clear pollen allergies. Some studies suggest it can be as effective for nasal symptoms as an antihistamine with no accompanying sleepiness. Lastly, be sure to clean all soiled clothes. Your clothes drag pollen into your home without you even knowing, so it’s important to stop it trailing door.
As aforementioned, visiting your doctor is the quickest way to determine if you have a pollen allergy. However, if you don’t have health insurance, then a skin prick test may be more than you’re willing to pay. Contact a licensed representative today to find an affordable health plan that enables you to get the healthcare that you need.
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