You recognize the symptoms as soon as they start—coming on with the emergence of buds on the trees and the first signs of tulips and daffodils. You’re sneezing and your nose is runny and stuffed. Your eyes water constantly. You’re miserable. What should you do?
1. Know the Stats: Seasonal allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness, affecting more than 50 million adults and children in the US.
2. Know the fundamentals: Though there’s no cure for seasonal allergies, you can manage through prevention and treatment.
3. Know your team history: Seasonal allergy symptoms often begin when the thermometer hits 60 degrees or higher. Take account of when your allergies affect you. Does a high pollen count bring tears to your eyes, or do you react most when the lawn is mowed?
4. Know Your Opponent: With all the options for treatment, take a look at they kinds of symptoms you have. Often, good results are the results of some trial and error in which option works best for you. Also, Know your triggers. With the help of an allergist, you can identify those triggers and curtail the suffering.
5. Take care of your teammates: For seasonal allergies, many professionals recommend starting treatment very early in the season. For example, if April brings new growth and buds on trees, it’s a good idea to begin your treatment in mid-March.
6. Keep your equipment in good order: Now there are many options for the kinds of treatments that work best for your allergy. Over the counter medications, available without prescription, work well for many allergy sufferers.
7. Good offense is a good defense: Monitor pollen counts; keep windows and doors shut during allergy season; shower after outdoor activities; and vacuum rugs more often. Simple changes like these can help make a real difference.
8. Prepare a training regimen: Allergies can develop and change throughout your life. Take note of your symptoms and the reactions and track what works for you.