Don't Let Seasonal Allergies Defeat You: 10 Tips To Keep Allergies At Bay
In Georgia by this time of year flowers are blooming, trees are budding, grass is sprouting and allergies are bursting out all over.
It’s frustrating that just when the weather is perfect, seasonal allergies can make you too miserable to be outside.
But you’re not alone. About 50 million Americans have seasonal allergies -- also called hay fever -- according to the
Asthma and Immunology. American
While the symptoms of allergies -- sneezing, stuffy and runny nose, and watery eyes -- often resemble a common cold, if it happens every year at this time, it's most likely to be allergies.
So if you're one of those 50 million, it's important to know the things that trigger your allergies so that you can take steps to avoid them.
Here are some tips:
- Monitor pollen and mold counts, and stay inside during mid-day and afternoon hours when pollen counts are highest.
- Take a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes after being outdoors.
- Keep windows and doors shut at home and use air conditioning, which dries the air (High humidity increases the chances for mold and mildew spores to grow, which can also trigger allergies.)
- Keep your car windows up during allergy season.
- Wear a mask when doing outdoor tasks such as mowing the lawn. (Ask your doctor about the best type of mask.)
- If possible, have someone else mow the lawn, rake leaves and spread mulch. These activities stir up pollen and molds.
- Don't hang sheets or clothes outside to dry.
- Take allergy medications before symptoms begin and use them as prescribed.
- Talk to your doctor about which medicines are best for you, and about whether allergy shots might be helpful.
- And if you decide to take a medicine, start it early. It’s harder to stop the allergic reactions once they’re in full swing.
How GMC Can Help
In the past, little could be done to counteract chronic or seasonal sinus conditions. But today, physicians offer a range of helpful options, including Balloon Sinuplasty™ and other minimally invasive procedures. Learn more about allergies and sinus solutions at gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/sinus. Or find a physician near you.