Bless You Child! How To Manage Upcoming Spring Allergies

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Winter blues fade away into spring joy! It's a time of renewal and hope. A time when flowers bloom and spring pollen counts jump sky high.

And that brings along one thing you could do without. Spring allergies.

The number of people suffering from hay fever type allergies in the United States is over 26 million. It's a miserable feeling that makes it hard to enjoy the fresh spring air. So, managing those symptoms is important.

Here's a quick guide to help you manage your spring allergies during the coming season change.

How to Manage Your Spring Allergies

There's no doubt that spring allergies make you feel miserable. But there are some ways to help ease your symptoms. Read on for options in treating yours.

Natural and Home Preparation

The best way to prepare for allergy season is to start with your home and your body.

Change out filters in your heating and cooling unit to HEPA certified ones. Dust your home and vacuum well. Get your carpets cleaned at least once a year to remove lingering allergens.

Next, work on your diet and vitamin intake. Get a lab screening to be sure your vitamin and mineral levels are all where they need to be. If not, take supplements to put your body in peak position for allergy season.

Some essential oils are helpful in managing allergy symptoms. Start with lavender or sandalwood. Diffuse them into the air during the peak allergy season.

Over the Counter Medications

This may seem like a treatment method that you do when you already have symptoms. But, that's far from the truth. You can start these medications before symptoms strike.

The most common treatment for allergy symptoms is over the counter medication. There are plenty of options, but which one do you choose?

Antihistamine, Decongestant or Steroid?

Your over the counter choices include three types of medication. Each one treats a certain symptom, so you might need more than one. Here's a breakdown of what each type does for your allergy symptoms.

Antihistamine

Antihistamines are good if you have sneezing, sniffling and itching. Those symptoms usually affect your eyes, nose, and throat. An antihistamine can help relieve them.

Decongestant

Decongestants are good for your stuffy nose. They reduce the swelling inside your nasal blood vessels. You can take them by mouth or get a nasal spray.

Steroid Nasal Spray

Steroid nasal sprays work like an antihistamine, but you spray it into your nose. It can relieve those sneezy, itchy, runny symptoms that frustrate you the most.

Seek Professional Help

If you know your spring symptoms become hard to handle, seek professional help early. You can talk to your doctor about immunotherapy. This is an exposure therapy to help you overcome reactions to some allergens.

Another great option is to visit an allergy center. These are clinics that specialize in treating only allergies. Because they only deal with allergies, they're a great source of help. 

Read more now about how allergy centers can help you manage your spring symptoms!

Don't Suffer, Get Prepared!

You don't need to suffer during allergy season. Prepare before those peak pollen counts hit. Take steps to help yourself feel well in the face of spring allergies.

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