Healthy Living: Brace Yourself – Seasonal Allergies are here!

Healthy Living: Brace Yourself – Seasonal Allergies are here!

Are you starting to sneeze, itch, and tear? It’s that time again. The fall season is a time of misery for 30 percent of the population who experience seasonal allergies.

Seasonal allergies can have a significant impact on quality of life. Besides the common symptoms, many patients experience difficulty sleeping and chronic fatigue. This can lead to decreased work productivity, less activity, and feelings of depression.

In order to defend against allergies, you need to know what you are allergic to. Early summer allergies are triggered by grasses while fall allergies come from weeds and molds.

Once you know what you are allergic to, do your best to avoid the offending allergens. If they are outdoor and seasonal, keep windows and doors closed as much as possible. Keep track of pollen counts, and stay inside on high pollen days.

If you have dust mites or pet allergies, look for ways to reduce the indoor allergens in your home. In other words, allergy proof your home! For instance, vacuum frequently to remove pet hair, dust and clean carpets, as they can sustain allergens. Keep your pet out of your bedroom. Air purifiers may also be helpful.

While avoidance is helpful, it is usually not enough to manage significant allergies. It may be worth seeing a specialist such as an otolaryngologist or allergist. They can recommend prescription medications and immunotherapy if necessary.

Don’t let seasonal allergies keep you down. Take proactive prevention methods or contact one of our specialists today to alleviate your symptoms.

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