With spring right around the corner, you may be planning vacations, picnics, barbecues, or other outdoor activities to welcome the warm weather – or you might be dreading the seasonal allergies to pollen that leave your nose runny and your eyes watering. Springtime allergies don’t need to dictate your life this season. Don’t hide indoors while your family and friends are enjoying the sunshine. Learn to recognize and treat your allergy symptoms.
Do You Have Allergies?
Many patients don’t even realize that the symptoms they experience come from allergies. Seasonal pollen sensitivities can develop later in life, making you think you are just struggling with a cold until a pattern builds up over the years. Newcomers to the area might be sensitive to new pollens that weren’t prevalent in their last location. If you notice the following symptoms as spring develops, you may have seasonal allergies:
- Sinus problems
- Watery eyes
It is easy to mistake spring allergies for a cold. Determine what you are suffering from by observing whether your symptoms worsen outside and tracking how long your symptoms prevail. If your symptoms come and go as the pollen count rises and falls, you should start looking for an allergy treatment that works for you.
Finding a Solution
There are many solutions for allergies, ranging from behavior modifications, to natural remedies or over-the-counter medicines. It may take some trial and error to find the most effective treatment for you. Keeping a clean home can also help keep your environment free of irritants while you’re indoors. Over-the-counter solutions, such as antihistamines, will help dry you out and lessen inflammation, but they may not be a long-term solution. When you do enjoy the outdoors, try to avoid the mid-day hours when pollen is at its highest, and avoid lawn work, such as mowing the grass.
If seasonal allergies are holding you back from the activities you enjoy this spring, and at-home remedies aren’t providing the necessary relief, see a doctor to learn more about prescription options, allergy shots and other allergy therapies. Contact Denton Regional Medical Center today with any questions about the services we offer or call 1-855-477-DRMC for a physician referral.