Defend Yourself Against Springtime Allergies!
Find out how to fight back against your persistent allergies this season.
Now that Spring has finally sprung you may have noticed that the sneezing, itchy eyes and scratchy throat have become a daily occurrence for you. Don’t let allergies ruin the beautiful weather and outdoor activities you have planned.
Managing allergies with over-the-counter medications
Some patients may find that their allergy relief is no further than their Simi Valley drugstore. Opt for the over-the-counter antihistamines that are non-drowsy, which will make it easier to fight off allergies without also having to fight off the urge to fall asleep at your desk.
If you suffer from nasal congestion, then you may also want to consider taking a decongestant or using a nasal spray. However, always follow the medications exactly as they are directed. If your nasal congestion doesn’t clear up or get better after a couple days, then it might be time to talk to your Simi Valley ENT doctor about a corticosteroid spray.
If you are suffering from a sore throat due to irritating postnasal drip, try soothing it with throat lozenges.
Managing allergies without medications alone
Besides going the medication route to treating your allergy symptoms there are also other things you can do to prevent your symptoms from surfacing. While sometimes this might seem easier said than done, it’s important to avoid your triggers as much as possible. This means following these little tips to keeping your allergy symptoms at bay:
- Keep windows closed if you are sensitive to outdoor allergies.
- If you do spend time outside, be sure to take a shower immediately after coming back in
- Wash your bedding, pajamas and clothes as much as possible to keep allergens down during the Spring.
- Vacuum carpets, rugs and furniture at least once a week.
However, sometimes these simple acts alone aren’t enough to eliminate your allergies. If you are still suffering, put an end to it by seeing your Simi Valley ENT doctor at West Coast Ear, Nose and Throat.