Effective Ways To Combat Seasonal Allergies

Aside from climate change causing spring to start early than usual and fall ending a little later, a study at Rutgers University conducted in 2014 showed that from 1990 until 2010, the pollen season in the borders of the United States began three days earlier on average.

It was also found that the total airborne pollen observed daily increased at 40 percent every year due to this change.

A more recent analysis by the Climate Central revealed that more than 80 percent of 201 U.S. cities surveyed noticed their non-winter seasons extend by two weeks since the 1970s.

Along with the changing seasons are health nuisance caused by allergens such as pollens. So, how can you cope with the impact of the seasonal allergies? Dr. Peter Grinspoon, contributing editor at Harvard Health Blog and staff at Massachusetts General Hospital has pieces of advice for you.

  • First off, consult your doctor. Collaborate with your medical provider on treatments for your allergies. Your doctor may advice you of drugs like antihistamines, eye drops, nasal steroids and asthma medications. Tell your doctor of the over-the-counter medications you are taking for your allergy such as Benadryl or Sudafed since they may have drug interactions with what your doctor will prescribe.
  • Talk to your doctor about prevention methods that will condition your immunological response to allergens, which works by exposing yourself to substances that trigger hypersensitivity under controlled conditions such as allergy injections or sublingual immunotherapy. Ask whether allergy testing or a referral to an allergist will be advantageous to you.
  • Avoid allergy triggers without cutting back on your daily workout. Develop an exercise plan you can carry out indoors rather staying outside on high pollen days.
  • Shower right after being outside during pollen season. Wash your clothes to remove the allergens it harbored.
  • Keep windows closed not only windy days, but during peak allergy season, too.
  • When outdoors during peak pollen days, remember to wear a mask. Also, roll up car windows when driving.
  • Be wary of molds if your house has been flooded since the fungi could germinate. Contact home services that inspect houses for molds and have it removed if it is harmful.
  • Ultimately, grow and protect trees since they absorb carbon dioxide and produce a cleaner air.

Allergy Season Whether or not you have allergies may have to do with the time of year you were born. Photo courtesy of Getty Images/ Philippe Huguen