Tips for Allergy Relief
If you are experiencing a runny nose, sneezing and watery eyes, you may be among the millions of people suffering from allergies. Don’t let allergies prevent you from participating in the activities you enjoy. Joel Gallagher, MD, with Allergy and Asthma Center of North Carolina, a member of Cone Health Medical Group, shares tips for allergy relief.
Seasonal vs. Perennial Allergies
There are two categories of allergens: seasonal and perennial. Examples of seasonal allergens include:
- Tree pollen, which is prominent in March through April.
- Grass and weed pollen, which is prominent in May, June and July.
- Ragweed pollen, which is prominent in August through the first frost of fall.
Perennial allergens can affect us year-round, and can include allergens like:
- Pet dander.
- Molds (both inside and outside our homes).
- Dust mites.
Once you figure out what you're allergic to, you can take steps to avoid those allergens. For example, to avoid pollens, you can:
- Keep your windows closed and use your air conditioning instead.
- Change clothes and remove your shoes when you come indoors.
- Wash your pets with a damp rag when they come indoors.
- Use a dust mask when you are doing yard work.
You can also use nasal saline rinsing to help manage your allergy symptoms. The salt water in these rinses thins out your mucus, which helps it to drain from your sinuses and your nose better. The rinses also flush out the pollens and allergens in your nose, which helps to stop your allergic reaction.
When to Consider Allergy Testing
You should consider allergy testing when you've tried over-the-counter medications and they are not giving you relief. Allergy testing can provide a basis for allergy shots, which can provide a permanent cure for environmental allergies.
Allergy and Asthma Treatment at Cone Health
If you’re affected by allergies or asthma, count on a Cone Health specialist to help you breathe easier and feel better.
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