The weather is finally warming up! When Spring arrives in Metro Detroit, it brings all sorts of wonderful things with it — chirping birds, budding plants, fresh air and sunshine …
If you’re one of the many people who suffer from seasonal allergies, you know how inconvenient they can be. An itchy nose, watery eyes, and sore throat can really make the already lengthening days even longer.
Luckily, we’ve put together some tips for you to beat your allergies.
- Spend less time outdoors. After being cooped up all winter, we know that it’s tempting to go out and enjoy the sunshine. However, the pollen in the air can often do more harm than good. Opt for limiting your time outdoors, especially on windy days where the pollen will be carried more easily.
- Try salt water. Salt water has a bunch of benefits when it comes to coping with your spring allergies. A neti pot or spray can help to relieve congestion or nasal symptoms by removing pollen from your nose. Gargling with salt water can also help with sore throats. Just make sure not to swallow it!
- Keep your home clean. This means taking your shoes and work clothes off as soon as you get home. This will help to minimize the amount of pollen you track through your home. Keeping your house clean and showering every night will also help to keep your bed clean. If you have outdoor pets, wipe their paws off as well.
- Wear a mask when cleaning. A surgical mask will help keep pollen and other allergens out of your system. This is especially important during tasks like dusting, or outdoor maintenance, where you are disturbing allergens and making them swirl through the air.
- Take your allergy medicine at night. During the day, the concentration of allergens is at its highest. In some cases, once you are exposed, the medicine may not be effective. Taking your allergy medicine at night when the concentration of allergens is at its lowest allows the medicine to work effectively and gives you a better night’s rest.
- Find the allergy medicine that works best for you. Some allergy medicines won’t work for everyone. There are several generations (or classes) of antihistamines. Older generations like Benadryl have the highest effectiveness, but also have the highest sedation properties. Newer generations have moderate effectiveness and the lowest sedation properties.
- You should start taking your allergy medicine before your symptoms flare up! That’s the best way to get ahead of them.
These seven tips will help to minimize the damage that your allergies do. But, of course, there is no replacement for getting professional advice about what allergy medications are right for you.
If allergies are interfering with your life, it’s time to talk with your doctor.
Dr Rob recommends that you call Dr. Annie Arrey-Mensah at the Asthma Allergy and Immunology Institute in Southfield, Michigan. Dr. Annie is board certified and has practiced medicine for over 17 years. Find out which allergy medicine is right for you. You can reach Dr. Annie at (248) 304-8904.
If you need to pick up an allergy prescription, all you have to do is #AskDrRob at Meds Direct Pharmacy, conveniently located on 19 Mile Road behind Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. Open Monday through Friday until 5:30 pm and Saturdays until 2pm.
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