Did you know that seasonal allergies such as hay fever impact millions of people in the United States every year?
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 19.9 million people were diagnosed with hay fever and seasonal allergies within the last 12 months. In addition, 5.7 million children reported having hay fever while another 8 million reported other types of respiratory allergies.
As spring rolls around the corner it is beneficial for patients to understand some of the best ways to prevent, manage, and address seasonal allergies. Especially during springtime, allergens like dust mites and pollen travel farther distances as they are carried by dry and windy air.
Thankfully, it is a relatively straightforward process to prevent and manage seasonal allergies. Here is a list of factors that patients can control when it comes to their allergies and other tips on when to start professional allergy treatment.
Manage household allergy triggers, especially during days with high pollen counts
Household allergy factors can significantly increase your risk of triggering a seasonal allergy. The good news is that these factors are controllable and easy to manage.
Common respiratory allergy triggers in households include dust mites, pollen that enters from the outside, and mold among many other types of riggers. A list of activities and prevention techniques to help control household allergy triggers is as follows:
- Limiting outdoor activities and chores when days have higher-than-normal pollen counts. Ask a friend or family member to assist with outdoor chores during high-pollen days.
- Keeping windows closed during windy days in springtime to help reduce pollen entry in your household.
- Washing bedding in hot water at least once a week helps to reduce the spread of triggers. Additionally, using hypoallergenic linens also helps reduce the prevalence of allergy triggers.
- Frequently cleaning and dusting household surfaces, including countertops, can reduce build up of dust and similar triggers.
Get treatment with over-the-counter drugs and visit your primary care doctor or an urgent care center for longer-term allergy treatment options
Even with a bonafide prevention plan, most patients are still likely to experience some seasonal allergy symptoms such as sneezing, watery eyes, nasal irritation, and coughing.
For mild symptoms, try using over-the-counter drugs such as antihistamines and nasal decongestants. Make sure to consult your primary care provider before using these medications even though most of these medications are generally safe for use. Additionally, always follow the directions of these medicines and don’t go above recommended dosages.
If your symptoms are hard to manage, or don’t seem to improve with over-the-counter medications, then it may help to get an allergy shot. An allergy shot helps provide long-term immunity and resistance for patients that are prone to respiratory allergies and similar ailments.
Allergy shots and similar treatment options are usually available in urgent care centers at a fair costs and shorter wait time than other medical facilities. For patients in the Tysons Corner, VA and surrounding areas, try visiting Synergy Immediate Care for your seasonal allergy needs!