Spring season is a season of blooming trees and flowering of buds and if you are the kind of individual with seasonal allergies, then it means that you shall experience spring allergy symptoms such as running nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, coughing, itching of nose and eyes, watery eyes and other symptoms that generally bothers you.
Most people know the condition as hay fever but health practitioners call it seasonal allergic rhinitis.
The biggest trigger to spring allergy symptoms is the liberation of pollen grains in the air by grasses, weeds and trees in order to fertilize other plants.
When the tiny pollen grains go into the nose of an allergic individual, his or her immune system becomes hyperactive.
The immune system erroneously views the pollen grains as strange encroachers and therefore releases antibodies.
The antibodies will then liberate histamines into the person’s blood. The histamines then trigger the symptoms of spring allergy.
The symptoms have a tendency to be high during windy days and drop during rainy days.
If you have spring allergy, here are some systematic and elaborate ways of keeping your allergy under control.
Lower your vulnerability to allergy triggers
In order for you to lower things that trigger your allergy symptoms, you should:
- Delegate weed pulling, lawn mowing and any other gardening chores that agitate allergens (signs and symptoms).
- Stay indoors on windy and dry days – the advisable time to go out is after a rainy period. Rain aids to clear pollen grains in the atmosphere.
iii. You should not hang your laundry outside during spring as most pollen grains stick to towels and sheets.
- Shower to rinse the grains from your hair and skin or remove the clothes that you wore while you were outside.
- Put on a dust mask while doing outside duties
Take cautious steps during spring seasons when pollen grain count is high
The signs and symptoms of spring allergy increase when the pollen count is high so you should take the following steps to lower the amount of exposure.
- Check your local newspaper, internet, radio or television stations for current pollen levels or pollen forecasts.
- If there is a large pollen forecast, you should start taking your allergy drugs before the symptoms begin.
iii. Close windows and doors at any time when the pollen grain count is high
> Avoid any outdoor activities
Keep the air in the house clean
There is no particular way of keeping the air in the house clean but these propositions may help:
- Use a dehumidifier to keep the air clean
- Use air conditioning systems in your car and house
iii. When using forced air conditioning or air heating equipment in your house, you should try to use efficiency filters and comply with steady maintenance schedules.
> Use vacuum cleaners with filters to clean floors.
Try getting an over the counter treatment
Various types of non-prescribed drugs can help you alleviate spring allergy symptoms. These include:
Oral decongestants like Sudafed and Afrinol give temporary alleviation from nasal stuffiness. Some decongestants come in the form of nasal sprays but you should only use nasal decongestants for a short time. If you use nasal decongestants for a long time, the symptoms can worsen.
2. Oral antihistamines
These drugs help alleviate itching, sneezing, watery eyes and running nose. Such kinds of drugs include cetirizine (Zyrtec Allergy), loratadine (Alavert, Claritin) and fexofenadine (Allegra Allergy).
iii. Nasal sprays
Cromolyn sodium spray alleviates allergy symptoms though you should use it before your symptoms begin.
3. Combinational medication
Many allergy treatments combine decongestants with an antihistamine. An example is Drixoral that merges pseudoephedrine sulfate decongestant with dexbrompheniramine maleate antihistamine and a nasal spray called Claritin-D that combines pseudoephedrine sulfate and antihistamine loratadine.
You can rinse your sinuses
Washing your nasal passages using a sterile saline solution is an inexpensive and quick way to alleviate nasal congestion. The rinse flushes out allergens and mucus from your nasal passage.
You can use distilled water in a squeeze bottle to rinse your nose. After using your rinsing equipment, always rinse the equipment with distilled water and allow it to dry in an open area.
If you have spring allergy symptoms and you have never been diagnosed or when your symptoms persist after taking the above remedies.
Visit a medical practitioner for more blood and skin tests. For some people, a regular allergy shot is the best option for lowering the immune system reactions to allergens.