Allergies in Colorado are not just a springtime problem. While flowers and trees tend to bloom in the spring, ragweed, sagebrush, and tumbleweed can become a literal headache for allergy sufferers in the fall. If allergy symptoms plague you throughout the year, you are not alone, but you don’t have to suffer in silence. These five tips can help you manage your allergies and decrease your discomfort.
1. Avoid the outdoors
Staying inside can be almost impossible in a state as beautiful as Colorado, but it does reduce your exposure to pollen and other allergens that take over the atmosphere in the fall and spring. Work indoors if you can and leave any outdoor chores to people who are less likely to have an allergic reaction. You should also keep your windows closed to keep allergens outside. Wearing a mask when you’re out of the home or office may also help you breathe easier, so don’t be shy!
2. Keep it clean
Once allergens get into your house, they can be recirculated through your HVAC system or settle on upholstered furniture, flooring, and other surfaces. Cleaning your home regularly can remove most of the pollen, dust, and other particles that trigger your symptoms. You can also invest in a quality HEPA-filter to rid the air of allergens. Mattress and pillow covers may protect your sleeping spaces as well, and if need be, replace your carpet with hardwood or tile flooring which is easier to clean.
You should also keep yourself clean; remove shoes, hats, and jackets as soon as you step inside so that you don’t track particles throughout your home. You may even want to take a shower and change clothing if you were in contact with anything that causes your symptoms.
3. Take your allergy medicine
After you have taken steps to minimize your exposure to allergens, you may find your symptoms are still present. Over-the-counter and prescription medication can lessen the severity of your runny nose, painful sinuses, and sore throat. You may need to try several to see what works best for you, or even combine several, such as a daily allergy pill with a nasal spray, to find better relief. Schedule your appointment with a VCS eye care specialist for the relief of your itchy, watery, red eyes due to allergies. Eye drops and other treatments are just what you need.
4. Try a saline nasal rinse
Some allergy sufferers swear by this method of flushing out their sinuses with a saline nasal rinse. This technique can become a daily habit, much like washing your face or brushing your teeth; you can even do it in the shower. Look for nasal rinse squeeze bottles, saline nasal spray, or neti pots at holistic health stores, drug stores, pharmacies, and grocery stores.
5. See an allergy specialist
If you’ve tried everything you know and still have irritating allergy symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with an allergist who can evaluate the severity of your allergies and determine an appropriate course of treatment. Allergists may be able to identify exactly what causes your allergies through testing as well as provide immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots, to alter your body’s reaction to allergens. Immunotherapy may not be for everyone, however, so it is a personal decision you should make without any pressure from your medical provider or family.
Allergies can make you feel miserable, and you should eat a healthy diet and get plenty of rest to avoid feeling too rundown. If you need more ideas about how to cope with your allergy symptoms, you can schedule an appointment with Vision Care Specialists. We offer Denver eye care with seven convenient locations for your vision needs. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you.