4 Summer Allergy Relief Tips
Summer is a time to enjoy outdoor activities. Swimming, playing sports, fishing, camping, hiking, and many others are at the top of our list. While some people may not like the heat, millions of Americans would gladly sweat if they could only avoid the itching, sneezing, and coughing caused by allergic reactions. Those who suffer from itchy eyes, runny nose, and scratchy throat all have something in common, "Allergic Rhinitis". According to WebMD, Rhinitis is caused by allergens like pollen. When they are inhaled, they cause the above symptoms and more. There is good news for those who are affected. Take a look at these 4 tips that can help reduce your suffering and allow you to spend more time outdoors enjoying the fun in the sun.
Limit exposure to pollen in and around your home
One of the biggest offenders of allergy sufferers is Pollen, mold, or other allergens that we are exposed to when we walk outside. Did you know that some plants don't release pollen? If you have a garden, choose your plants wisely, selecting geraniums, daises, or even irises. These plants don't have pollen. Grass is another tough one. Most of us have grass that needs to be cut. Pollen and mold are disturbed and thrown into the air when cutting the lawn so wear a mask or get someone else to cut the grass for you.
Finding the right time to be outside
It can make all the difference in the world. The time of day will determine how many allergens are in the air. Watch the allergy reports and you will see that pollen counts are lower in the morning and evening hours. It is no coincidence that the winds are lower during those times too. Windy days usually mean higher pollen counts. Days that are cool and rainy usually have lower counts. Not only is the time of day important, but know your seasons. For example, if you are allergic to cottonwood trees, you might want to avoid spending time outside during the 2 week period they shed their seeds. So, knowing what you're allergic to can help you avoid going outside at certain times of the year.
Wearing the right clothes can protect and provide added relief
"Protecting your skin from exposure to allergens."
Regardless of your outdoor activity, protecting your skin from exposure to allergens can help reduce exposure and symptoms. Yes, protecting your skin and eyes does help. Sunglasses will reduce allergens from being collected through your eyes. Long-sleeved shirts and long pants will help reduce exposure to the skin. Did you know there are specially designed garments made to protect your skin and allow you to breathe? Take a look at some of the popular sport fishing clothing available to learn how lightweight and comfortable long-sleeve shirts really are.
After you have been exposed
Dr. Hansa Bhargava recommends changing clothes and showering after you have been exposed to allergens. For example, ragweed pollen can attach to your clothes, hair, or skin while outdoors. Coming inside might help but you are still potentially carrying the pollen with you. Getting out of those clothes and showering will remove the allergen from your skin and provide added relief. The sooner you do this, the quicker the relief will be.
When all else fails, take an over-the-counter antihistamine allergy medicine. This medication will provide temporary relief from itchy, watery eyes. It can also help the runny nose and scratchy throat caused by drainage. If you know you are allergic, and plan to spend time being exposed to pollen or other allergens, you may want to consider taking the medicine before you go out. As always, consult with your physician before taking any medications.
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