Ah-chooo! Excuse me. Sniff, sniff. I’m having a hard time seeing the computer through my watery eyes and pile of tissues blocking the screen. It’s allergy season. Not my favorite time of the year, and I think your friendly Dallas Medical Courier would agree, spring is rough for those who suffer from allergies. This spring will be especially rough, though. Turns out all that late winter weather we had is really going to kick allergy season into high gear. Once the trees and flowers start to recover from the late freezes, they will be in a rush to pollenate, working overtime producing spores, ragweed, and pollen. While there’s nothing you can do to prevent nature from creating these allergens, there are some things you can do to ease their effects on your body. Our Dallas Medical Courier is here with some tips on how to keep allergy-free, or at least allergy reduced this season.
Get Allergy Tested: You really can’t fix the problem until you know what the problem is. You can have your primary care doctor or an allergy specialist perform a series of tests to find out your triggers. The skin is slightly pricked, allowing certain allergens to enter the outer layer. After 15-20 minutes, your doctor will check for redness or hives, indicating your allergy. Once you know, specifically, which allergens affect you; you can try to avoid your triggers.
OTC Allergy Medication: You don’t need a prescription anymore for certain meds that are known to ease allergy symptoms. These medications block histamine, which is the culprit behind sneezing, itchy/watery eyes, and runny noses. If these don’t work for you, your doctor can prescribe medication, as well. The best part is, no matter which meds you choose, there’s no need to cross paths with those flowers or fight off the ragweed, Dallas Medical Courier can bring your medications straight to your front door.
Take Care of Your Sniffer: Probably the biggest complaint of allergy sufferers is nasal discomfort and congestion. There are a few different ways to cope with nasal allergies, depending on your specific problem. Antihistamine sprays work to block histamine, just like the medications discussed above, but the spray delivers the medication directly to your problem area. Steroid nasal sprays, on the other hand, reduce swelling inside the nasal passages, which provides relief from congestion. Then, there’s good old-fashioned saline spray. A few drops in your nostril and some solid nose blowing will help to keep your nose clear of pollen and other yucky allergens.
Close Up and Clean Out: If you’re like the Dallas Medical Courier folks, you want to enjoy the beautiful spring weather, so you open up the house and let the fresh breeze blow through. The problem is, that fresh breeze brings with it all of your biggest allergy enemies. It may help to close the windows and switch on the air conditioner. It will also benefit you to you have clean air filters before turning on your a/c system. Try a high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) air filter, which works to trap some of those airborne allergens.
Get a Head Start: Allergies are inflammatory. Once they start, the “fire” keeps getting kindled. Start your meds early, before symptoms hit, to keep that fire at a low smolder instead of raging flare.
Our Dallas Medical Courier team loves spring flowers and green grass, but we could do without the nasty side effects of all those blooming beauties. As we’ve shown you, there is no need to suffer in silence. There are some ways to combat those allergy symptoms. We hope these tips help bring you a clear-eyed, sneeze-free start to spring.