3 Ways to Alleviate Allergies This Season
By Genevieve Cunningham
Allergy season is the worst. Between the headache, stuffy nose, and watery eyes, it's hard to get anything done. We just don't feel well. All we want to do is get in bed with some medicine and a box of tissues, but allergies don't allow this kind of behavior. Since it's just allergies, we have to get up, keep moving, and pretend like we're perfectly fine. But we're not! If you need help alleviating and managing allergies long-term, take a look at these tips to get you moving in a healthier direction.
See Your Doctor
A lot of people say they have allergies -- and they're probably right -- but they've never actually been to the doctor to confirm. While it's not a necessity, it can be really beneficial to know exactly what's stirring up your symptoms. Are you allergic to a certain type of grass? A certain tree? Or do you have multiple allergies happening at one time? Understanding your allergies is the first step to managing them, and you can only get a true understanding by seeing your doctor and getting the proper care.
Once you know what you're allergic to, you can make a plan to avoid them. While a lot of allergens are simply in the air and impossible to avoid, there are things you can do. If you're allergic to a certain pollen, try not to spend a lot of time outside when there's a lot of that particular pollen in the air. Watch the weather, which shows you which allergen levels on a daily basis, and make a plan accordingly. The more you avoid the allergens, the less your symptoms will pop up and make you miserable.
Make a Long-Term Plan
Since you won't always be able to avoid allergens, it's also important to make a long-term plan. This may include avoidance as well as a medication routine. Your doctor may put you on a specific medication, or they may recommend a rotating schedule of allergy medicine through the season. Even if your allergies are present, it's empowering to have a plan. Make a plan, stick to it, and help keep your allergies to a minimum.
Allergies happen to everyone. They can make us feel so miserable! Luckily, there are things that can help us along the way. Use these tips to manage your allergies, and feel better about your daily health starting today.
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