Treat and Prevent Spring Allergies

Spring is in the air, and so is the pollen! While the flowers and trees are a sight for sore eyes, quite literally, for many of us, spring also marks the onset of seasonal allergies. If you find yourself reaching for the tissues, fear not. Here is your guide to tackling spring allergies head-on.

What Causes Spring Allergies?

Treat and Prevent Spring Allergies

Spring allergies, often referred to as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, are primarily triggered by pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds. As these plants begin to bloom, they release pollen into the air, which can wreak havoc on sensitive individuals. When this pollen is inhaled, the body’s immune system mistakenly identifies it as a threat and releases chemicals like histamine, leading to the classic symptoms of sneezing, itching, and a runny nose.

Treatment and Prevention: A Spring Survival Guide

  1. Be Aware of The Pollen Around You

Stay informed about the amount of pollen in your area. On days when there is a lot of pollen, try to stay indoors, especially during the early morning hours when pollen levels are highest.

  1. Allergy-Proof Your Home

Keep windows closed, use air purifiers with HEPA filters, and regularly clean and vacuum to reduce pollen and other allergens indoors.

  1. Nasal Rinse

Consider using a saline nasal rinse to flush out pollen and irritants from your nasal passages. Simply fill the device

Treat and Prevent Spring Allergies

with saline solution, tilt your head slightly, then squeeze the solution into your nostril. It may feel a little weird at first, but it will be worth it to get all of that gunk out of your system!

  1. Antihistamines

Over-the-counter antihistamines can ease symptoms like sneezing, itching, and a runny nose. Be careful though – you might find yourself a little sleepy as a side effect.

  1. Natural Remedies

Sometimes a natural solution is all you need. People find relief from allergies with natural remedies like honey, quercetin supplements, or stinging nettle.

  1. Talk to Your Doctor

Treat and Prevent Spring AllergiesAre natural remedies not enough for you? Don’t worry! For severe allergies, your doctor may recommend prescription medications or allergy shots to help manage symptoms. Baylor Scott & White has great resources for allergy treatment with allergists on staff.

  1. Maintain Hygiene

Nobody wants pollen all over their skin, face, and eyes. Prevent it from spreading by washing your hands frequently, especially after being outdoors.

  1. Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of water can help thin mucus and flush out allergens from your system.

Spring allergies may be annoying, but with the right approach, you can enjoy the season to its fullest!

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