Most people look forward to the arrival of spring, tired of the long and overcast winter. The lengthening of daylight hours, the first warm rays of the sun and the awakening of nature contribute to a good mood and set you in a positive mood. However, some people meet the changes of the seasons with a certain fear, as they risk getting an exacerbation of chronic ailments.
One of the spring health complaints is seasonal hay fever is an allergic disease caused by flowering or pollen, accompanied by acute inflammatory changes in the mucous membranes. Mayo Clinic experts told how to relieve allergy symptoms and welcome spring fully prepared.
The symptoms of seasonal allergies can greatly ruin your life and reduce your productivity. It usually appears sneezing, watery eyes, nasal congestion, runny nose the like. Every person with an allergy knows what exactly in nature or everyday life causes such conditions in him. In the spring, this is due to the flowering of certain trees or flowers.
Despite the fact that it is impossible to influence the awakening of nature, there are several ways to prepare for the arrival of spring and try to minimize unpleasant symptoms.
Reduce the impact of triggers
During the active flowering period, if possible, stay at home in dry weather, when the concentration of allergens in the air is highest. It is best to go outside after the rain, which washes away more pollen.
For a while, give up work in the garden or garden.
Wear a mask when going outside.
After returning home, immediately take off your clothes and take a shower to wash off possible allergens.
Do not hang washed clothes outdoors, as pollen can settle on them and enter the house.
Try to anticipate the development of an allergy
Stay tuned for news reports about changes in weather patterns and pollen concentrations in the air.
To protect yourself from a complex disease, start taking anti-allergy drugs even before the start of its active phase.
Always close doors and windows, and refrain from walking in the early morning, as this is when the concentration of pollen in the air is highest.
Watch out for mucous membranes
Flush your nasal passages frequently with saline as this is an easy and effective way to clear the mucous membrane of mucus and allergens.
Use distilled, sterile or boiled water to prepare the solution, and remember to thoroughly clean and dry the washer.
Purify the air
To reduce allergens around you, use air conditioning in your car and at home, and don’t forget about timely filter changes and thorough maintenance.
Keep the air dry and use a vacuum cleaner with a high retention of microscopic debris.
Take special medications
Some allergy medications are available without a prescription and can help relieve symptoms. The main ones include:
oral antihistamines: help with sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes.
decongestants: can relieve nasal congestion and relieve swelling. It should be noted that they should be taken for only a few days, since addiction can only aggravate the course of allergies.
nasal spray: best relieves hay fever symptoms if you started using it before the active phase of the disease.
combined preparations: combine antihistamine and decongestant action.
If your allergy is severe, you should see your doctor for a more serious treatment. Specialists may order skin tests or other tests to help pinpoint the allergen and counteract it, or suggest an allergy shot that reduces the immune system’s response to irritants over time.
Allergy symptoms can be quite bothersome and even debilitating. However, following certain tips will help prepare for the arrival of spring and help the unpleasant manifestations of seasonal hay fever.
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