Preparing For Spring Allergies
It might sound odd to say that it’s time to start thinking about spring allergies in the middle of January, but in some places, winters are very mild and things start to bloom fairly early in the year. This is especially true when we have very mild winters that see very little freezes or snowfall. Your allergies may not have even slowed down this year! There are many different things that can cause these irritations, including the amount of pollen in the air. Here are a few different ways you can deal with your allergies.
Find out exactly what it is that you’re allergic to.
What are you actually allergic to? A doctor can do a skin allergy test to help determine what it is that triggers your allergies. This test actually exposes you to a number of different things you’re allergic to by rubbing them on your skin. The doctor then observes the reaction. This may sound unpleasant, and it often is, but it’s done in a controlled environment and is necessary to determine what it is you’re allergic to.
Note that you may need to have skin allergy tests done several times throughout your life. This is because you may become allergic to new things or stop being allergic to things. Many people actually outgrow their allergies only to develop new ones.
Once you’ve had this test done, you can do your best to avoid these things. Sometimes these items are things that aren’t connected to the seasons, but sometimes they are. Knowing what triggers your allergies doesn’t always mean you can avoid the trigger, but it can help.
Watch the Weather
Try to avoid going outdoors when it’s really windy or when someone has done something to really stir up different allergens. Mowing the yard, for example, can really kick up the pollen from different weeds in the yard, and that can aggravate allergies. High winds can blow pollen up into your face, causing you to inhale it. Avoid touching your face if you’ve been outdoors or around things that you know you’re allergic to.
Many people suggest taking allergy medications such as antihistamines. While this can provide some relief, remember that your body may build up a tolerance to these medications. This means you’ll have to swap to another type after a few months. Some of these antihistamines can be very expensive, too, and not all of them are going to work for you in the same ways. Some are even prescription strength, but you may find that they don’t really do that much for you after several months.
You may also want to start taking a supplement that contains graviola. Research has shown that a graviola supplement may be able to provide you with a number of benefits.
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