Spring is almost here, and with it comes beautiful flowers, warmer weather, and unfortunately, pollen allergies. For those of us who suffer from pollen allergies, the coming of spring can be a dreaded time of year. Luckily, there are treatments available to help reduce the effects of seasonal allergies. Let’s take a look at why pollen allergies occur and what types of treatments are available for relief.
What Causes Pollen Allergies?
Pollen allergies occur when your body’s immune system mistakes pollen as a harmful substance in the environment. When this happens, your body releases histamines as a defense mechanism which causes symptoms like sneezing, runny nose or eyes, coughing, and congestion. If you have pollen allergies, these symptoms can last for weeks or even months depending on how severe your allergy is.
Fortunately, there are many treatment options available to help relieve the symptoms associated with pollen allergies. Over-the-counter medications like antihistamines can provide relief from itchiness and sneezing while decongestants can help clear out nasal congestion. Some people may also benefit from using nasal sprays or eye drops to reduce redness and irritation in their nose or eyes. Additionally, allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) may be recommended if standard treatment options don’t provide enough relief. This type of treatment involves administering small doses of allergens over time in order to desensitize your body to them so that you no longer experience allergic reactions when exposed to them.
Other Methods for Relief
In addition to medications and allergy shots, there are other methods you can use to reduce the impact of seasonal allergies on your life such as avoiding peak times when pollen counts are highest (typically early morning), wearing sunglasses outdoors and showering after being outside for long periods of time to wash away any allergens that may have been picked up during outdoor activities. Also consider investing in an air purifier for your home if you suffer from severe pollen allergies; this will help keep the air inside your home free from allergens that could be triggering your symptoms.
Pollen allergies can make springtime miserable but with proper treatment they don’t have to ruin your season! There are various medications and treatments available that can provide relief from symptoms like sneezing; plus there are lifestyle changes you can make such as avoiding peak times when pollen counts are highest and investing in an air purifier for home use that will further reduce the impact of seasonal allergy symptoms on your life! For those suffering from more severe cases of pollen allergies, allergen immunotherapy may be recommended by a medical professional; this type of treatment works by desensitizing your body so that it no longer experiences allergic reactions when exposed to certain allergens such as pollens found in nature during springtime months! With the right treatments and lifestyle adjustments, pollen allergies don’t have to stop you from enjoying the beauty of spring!
If you suffer from pollen allergies during the springtime months make sure to make an appointment with Prime Care of Georgia and Dr. Kharod to discuss available treatments that can help reduce symptoms and keep your allergies under control. With the right remedies and lifestyle changes, you can enjoy all that spring has to offer!