Spring is officially here, which means it’s allergy season. Seasonal allergies are one of the most common health conditions that affect kids in the US, and they can be bothersome to deal with both as a child and an adult.
Fortunately, there are a few key ways you can go about getting your allergies under control so you can enjoy the warmer weather:
- Wear a face mask outdoors: While many people are wearing face masks and social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, wearing a face mask outside even when you’re not around other people can be beneficial for reducing allergy symptoms. Face masks help keep you from breathing in pollen, dust, and other allergens. Of course, it’s essential to make sure you don’t touch the front of your mask and to make sure you wash or dispose of the mask after it’s been worn.
- Use over-the-counter antihistamines: Antihistamines are a great way to help control your allergy symptoms before you go outside. These over-the-counter medications help to prevent itchy, watery eyes and nasal congestion.
- Monitor pollen levels: When pollen levels are high during the day, it may be a better idea to stay inside for the sake of your health and well-being. Consider using a pollen-monitoring app to track pollen count throughout the day. Plan events during times of the day when the pollen count is lowest to reduce your risk of agitating your allergies.
- Visit a family practice: When over-the-counter medications and other methods of allergy symptom prevention don’t seem to work, it’s a good idea to visit your local family practice. Osteopathic doctors can help you get a clear diagnosis of the allergies that may be affecting you. For instance, you may know that pollen affects your sinuses, but you may also be allergic to dust mites, weeds, and more. A family practice can help you find the answers and treatment you need.
If you’re experiencing seasonal allergies that are keeping you from enjoying your daily activities, contact your local family practice today. General practitioners will be happy to help you find the allergy relief you need.