Allergy season is already starting in many parts of the country, especially in the South. Pollen is plentiful and so are the reactions to them. Sneezing, red eyes, asthma, and more are in full swing. Allergy sufferers do not have to rough it through the season, though, but can prepare to reduce the symptoms. It is expected that as many as 50 million people will suffer in some way from allergies this spring. People with allergies often discover new allergies when they move from one location to another.
Successfully dealing with allergies first necessitates that an allergy test be given. This only takes a few minutes and the allergies are determined by placing typical allergens on the skin, such as pollens from trees, molds, grasses, and some dander from pets. Once that is done, then the next steps can be taken. Knowing what you are allergic to will help you to avoid some allergens. For instance, in the case of being allergic to cats, you will know to not have them or go near them.
Even if you don’t know which allergens you are allergic to, you can still take some steps to reduce your symptoms. This includes keeping your windows and doors shut in your home and car, getting an air filter for your HVAC system that is fine enough to trap pollen and allergens, and taking showers after you have been outside. It is also necessary to ensure that your pets are pollen-free, too. After you take a walk with your dog, wipe them off to get the pollen out of their fur. Be sure to keep them out of your bed, too,
Another thing you can do is to keep a supply of allergy relief medications nearby. You will have to experiment to see which ones work best for you. The stronger ones are apt to make you sleepy, and the 24-hour variety may not be strong enough. Eye drops can relieve the itchy eyes and take out the redness. Prescription medicine can also be obtained, such as inhalers, for those who have asthma.
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