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Seasonal Allergies 101 – Top Ten Prevention Strategies and Coping Tips

From warmer weather to more daylight, spring brings a welcome relief from winter.  However, these changes do come with a cost, and among them is an increase of pollen throughout the air, which can result in seasonal allergies that can drag even the brightest spring days down.

The tiny plant particles that compose pollen irritate the nasal passageways, causing a stuffy nose, swollen eyes, tender throat, and more. More than 100 million Americans are affected by pollen-related allergies annually, but luckily, there are some proven methods to prevent the worst effects, and failing that, numerous ways to effectively cope.

If you have questions about how best to handle seasonal allergies yourself then contact Community Pharmacy now. Our trained team can recommend best practices and health support products that will prevent pollen from disrupting your enjoyment of spring.

Proven Prevention Tips

As with most health issues, it’s easier to prevent the problem than it is to fix it. Taking proactive steps to limit your exposure to pollen can reduce or outright eliminate their most harmful effects.

Some proven prevention tips include:

  • Become aware of the daily pollen count and wind levels in your area via this interactive map provided by the National Allergy Bureau
  • Wash clothes and bedding frequently, especially after exposure on high pollen count days
  • Keep windows closed or covered with screens
  • Wear a mask and sunglasses while outside during peak pollen times
  • Maintain a high level of health through hydration, diet, and health supplements so your body is better equipped to fend off pollen’s effects

Even with a high level of awareness and prevention strategies, pollen is persistent and the microscopic grains do tend to eventually seep into living spaces. When this occurs, it’s best to deploy some healthy coping strategies to offset pollen’s detrimental effects.

Healthy Coping Strategies

If you start to notice some early signs of seasonal allergies like a runny nose, itchy throat, and watery eyes, then it’s time to enact some practices to help cope and overcome them.

Some recommended courses of action include:

  • Medication like antihistamines and decongestants for immediate nasal relief 
  • Herbal tea like peppermint, ginger, or turmeric for throat relief 
  • Rinse the nasal passageway through a neti pot or inhale steam via a humidifier, hot shower, or sauna
  • A classic spring clean throughout your home, car, and other living spaces to remove the collected pollen and stop symptoms from compounding
  • For severe and persisting symptoms, allergy shots can be considered 

Before taking any major measures, it’s wise to consult healthcare providers like our trained staff of pharmacists. After describing your issues or concerns, we can provide a personalized recommendation for you and your family.

Don’t Let Pollen Become a Nagging Problem

Spring is far too beautiful to let pesky problems like pollen and seasonal allergies dim its glow. By taking just a few steps to prevent, and if necessary, help cope with the issue, you can free up both your nose and time so you can maintain a high level of health throughout this season and the next.

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