Spring is right around the corner and so are the allergies that it brings. Are sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and a runny nose your biggest nightmare during the spring months? Are you one of those people for whom this season means constant fatigue, headaches and an inability to fully enjoy your life? At RiteCare Urgent Care in Hialeah, we help dozens of people throughout the year with fast and effective allergy relief. If you are like 30% of adults in the US and struggle with seasonal allergies, you may find our today’s article helpful. We’re sharing 4 tips on how to beat spring allergies.1
Take your medication regularly
This is the No. 1 piece of advice for you: Never forget to take your medicine. Allergy drugs bring relief in less than an hour by blocking your body’s response to the allergens. They will ease your sneezing, runny nose and cough to a great extent. In some cases, you may also use a nasal spray; however, its downside is that it doesn’t start working right away. It may take up to several days to see its effects. A corollary piece of advice: Never take more than the recommended dose to avoid nosebleeds and dryness. If your symptoms are severe, you may ultimately be prescribed allergy shots. They include a tiny amount of pollen which, once injected, will trigger your body to build up pollen resistance. Sometimes, it takes time to find the best medicine that will work for you; that’s why we recommend visiting RiteCare Urgent Care in Hialeah, where we will help you out.
Limit your time outside
In spring, trees will inevitably release tons of pollen. It can be hard to spot it in the air, yet it’s so easy to breathe it in, which results in the allergic reaction in your body. Limiting your exposure to the irritant is a good way of avoiding getting teary eyes, itchy nose, and any other symptoms you usually experience. You must be wondering whether it means that you have to lock yourself in the house for the entire spring. The good news is that you don’t have to take such extreme measures. The pollen counts vary depending on the time of the day. At RiteCare Urgent Care in Hialeah, we usually recommended our patients stay home in the early morning hours when pollen counts are the highest. If you have to leave, bring a pair of sunglasses as a precaution to protect your eyes. When you come back, even from a brisk or short walk, you should jump in the shower immediately to wash away all the pollen on your skin and in your hair.
Implement these changes around your house
You may not believe it, but making small changes in your house is significant. Make sure that the inside is thoroughly clean and free from as many allergens as possible. Vacuum a few times per week (it’s important to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter so as not to shoot the sucked-up allergens back into the air), use a damp cloth when cleaning, don’t use any scented cleaners and detergents that may trigger your symptoms, don’t air-dry your laundry as it may pick up pollen, wash your sheets weekly, and, if possible, wear a mask when tidying the house. Additionally, to keep the pollen out of your house, don’t open the windows when you need to cool the place down. Instead, switch on the air-conditioning, and clean the filter regularly. Using a window fan isn’t a good idea, either, as once you turn it on, it will suck the pollen inside. Last but not least, don’t smoke, as it will definitely aggravate your allergy symptoms. If you have visitors who smoke, ask them politely to have a cigarette outside.2
Use natural remedies
We often suggest our patients try natural remedies. Incorporating probiotic-rich foods in your diet supports the immune system. Try having more green leafy vegetables, as well, as they are a great source of vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes that help reduce inflammation. Take a hot shower rather than a cool one; besides having relaxing properties, the steam will clear your sinuses. Additionally, the use of neti pots will help clear your nasal passages by flushing out the mucus. You can try pouring several drops of eucalyptus oil into your neti pot for an extra effect, or inhale the oil through a diffuser. These are just a few examples of natural remedies that you can try in your fight with seasonal allergies. If you’re in the Miami-Dade area, swing by our Urgent Care in Hialeah, where we will be happy to give you even more ideas on what you can do to beat your allergies!
Do you suffer from allergies? Visit RiteCare Urgent Care in Hialeah!
If you are an allergy victim, don’t wait until your symptoms get worse! At RiteCare Urgent Care in Hialeah, we will provide you with the care that you need as well as find an allergy treatment tailored just for you. We value our patients’ time, so we’re open after business hours, 7 days per week! Never again will you have to leave work early or rush through the afternoon traffic to get to us before 5 pm. Contact us today or schedule your appointment online.