Things That Can Make Seasonal Allergies Worse

seasonal allergy treatment in Tysons, VAAfter the snow clears, pollen is your worst enemy next to Old Man Winter.  

Spring time is notorious for being the next season that leaves many with a runny nose and itchy eyes due to seasonal allergies.  

Nip your seasonal allergies in the bud this season by knowing and avoiding the culprits of your flareups.

The Weather

Dry, windy days are ideal conditions for trees to thrive and release pollen, forcing you to stay indoors for yet another season.  

Before stepping outside for the day, be sure to check the pollen count for the day to see if you’re better off staying indoors.

Contact lenses

Soft contact lenses are prone to absorbing airborne irritants like pollen, and wearing them can be the source of your allergen-caused eye pain and irritation.

Allergy season calls for special tactics to keep your eyes happy such as:

  • Opting for your glasses
  • Keeping your lenses moisturized with artificial tears
  • Keeping your lenses clean with using a preservative-free contact solution
  • Switching disposable contacts that you can throw out daily to prevent pollen build up

Your clothes

That sweater that you wore three times before laundry day?  You might want to throw it in the washer if you found yourself sneezing all day each time you wore it.

Dust and pollen cling onto fabrics like wool, making it essential to do laundry after every wear during allergy season.  If you have the tendency to forgo laundry day for weeks at a time, use this time of year to revamp and add onto your wardrobe!

Not bathing at the end of the day

Nothing is more refreshing than ending the day with a nice shower, but cleansing your skin and hair during allergy season is necessary to avoid the onset of an allergy flareup.

Pollen not only sticks to your clothes, but it also sticks to your hair and skin, and hopping into bed without showering means that your bed is also harboring pollen (another laundry day).  

After spending time outdoors, washing your skin and hair is the best way to cleanse yourself of pollen that might be lingering.

Produce with pollen

Any health expert would encourage you to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, but if you’re sneezing and sniffling during this time of year, produce might be to blame.

A protein found on the surfaces of raw produce such as apples, tomatoes, and cantaloupe can trigger flareups, as your body can confuse eating produce with swallowing pollen.  This can lead to bothersome symptoms such as an itchy throat and mouth.

Thoroughly washing and even cooking the produce can reduce your chances of a reaction.

Taking the wrong medicine

When you have an aisle full of medicine that promises to get your symptoms under control, it can be difficult to know what product will best treat your symptoms.  

Most over-the-counter products can be antihistamines, which relieves sneezing and itchiness while decongestants work to combat swollen nasal passages.  Be sure to consult with an expert about which medicine will work best to treat your symptoms.

Seasonal Allergy Treatment at Synergy Immediate Care

When you’re unsure of what will work best to treat your seasonal allergies, a visit to Synergy Immediate Care will give you the relief you need to get your seasonal allergies under control. We treat seasonal allergy symptoms such as:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny Nose
  • Puffy/Itchy Eyes
  • Congestion
  • Post-nasal Drip

For more information about our treatment for seasonal allergies or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 703-942-5331.

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