Spring means trees are blooming and the flowers are budding, but for many people, spring also means the itchy eyes, a scratchy throat and a runny nose from seasonal allergies. If you are like many others who love spring but dread the symptoms of allergies that go with it, the good news is with a little preplanning, you can reduce the symptoms of allergies. Aubrey Pharmacy has gathered some tips to help you be prepared to fight against the symptoms of seasonal allergies.
Reduce Your Exposure to Triggers
The first line of defense is to reduce your exposure to the allergens that may trigger your symptoms. You don’t necessarily need to stay indoors all spring, but it is helpful to stay indoors on days that are windy and dry. The best time to reduce the risk of encountering triggers is to go outside after it has rained, which helps to clear the pollen from the air. Consider delegating the lawn and gardening chores to family, friends or hiring someone to do the work for you and if you do have chores that need to be done outside, wear pollen masks.
Take a Few Extra Steps
The symptoms of seasonal allergies can flare up when there is a lot of pollen in the air, but with a few simple steps, you can reduce your exposure.
- Check local television stations for current pollen levels
- If high pollen counts are in the forecast, take your allergy medications before the symptoms start
- Don’t leave windows and doors open when the pollen count is high
- Avoid planning outdoor activities in the morning, which is when the pollen counts are usually the highest
- Use the air conditioning in your car and home
- Use a dehumidifier to keep indoor air dry
- Clean floors frequently with a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter
One of the most effective ways to be prepared for seasonal allergies is to be armed with the appropriate over-the-medications that can be used to ease your symptoms. There are several options to choose from, including oral antihistamines, decongestants and nasal spray. If you aren’t sure which over-the-counter medications will be the best suited for your symptoms, be sure to talk with your Aubrey Pharmacy pharmacist for suggestions. If over-the-counter medications aren’t enough to ease your symptoms, visit your doctor to discuss your other options, such as prescription medications.
Aubrey Pharmacy is proud to be a health care partner to our friends in Aubrey, Pilot Point, Little Elm, Savannah, Paloma Creek, Providence and the 380 corridor. Please ask us about our Med SYNC program. Also, remember we do mail service and home deliveries. We are always ready to help our friends and customers with their health care needs.