Dealing With Those Springtime Allergies

Dealing With Those Springtime Allergies
12 September 2016
Spring is the most beautiful time of year, as the Jasmine plants in our gardens begin to bloom and the world fills with colour again, after a chilly winter. But there’s also the sneezing.

If you suffer from a pollen-related allergy, you’ll know that spring can be a little uncomfortable. As new flowers bloom, pollen is released and hay fever begins.

Symptoms
You’ll know it too, by the sudden onset of a sneezing attack, itchy or runny eyes and a generally feeling of discomfort, especially when you venture outdoors. As your body reacts to the presence of pollen in the air, it treats it as harmful, releasing antibodies to fight off any danger. These are called Histamines, and they’re your body’s way of responding.

Causes
But it’s not just pollen that can set off a sneezing attack, as certain trees, grasses and weeds can also contribute towards causing your allergies. Grasses, in particular, can also cause rashes and other allergic symptoms.

Treating Your Allergies
While it’s advisable to stock up on tissues when spring is approaching, there are other ways you can prevent or treat your allergies. Chat to your doctor about the best treatment for you, and you may need to undergo an allergy test to ascertain the root cause of those springtime sniffles. Antihistamines are usually available for purchase over the counter at your local pharmacy, along with nasal sprays and decongestant medications. Eye drops may help to ease the itchiness you experience, but your doctor may also be able to prescribe other medications for you too, depending on the severity of your symptoms. 

What Else Can Be Done?
Of course, the best way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid being exposed to the allergen in the first place. So, if you are battling the effects of your springtime allergy, we’d recommend you limit your time outdoors and start taking any preventative medication a week or two before the big allergy season begins. Most of all try and prevent coming into contact with pollen or whatever allergen is affecting you, by minimizing your exposure. Take a look at your home and garden and see if there are ways to decrease the amount of pollen present in your immediate environment. It’s not possible to remove all the allergens from your home and garden, but there are ways to decrease the amount thereof.

LifeDoc Can Help
Figuring out what causes your springtime allergies is important, and LifeDoc™ can help. LifeDoc™ helps you keep notes to track any patterns, and record health events on the go. You can also easily share this information with your doctor. LifeDoc™ makes it easy to plan your appointments, log important health-related events and it’s easily accessible, from wherever you are. Register here or like the LifeDoc™ Facebook page for regular updates. You can also stay on track with LifeDoc™ developments on Twitter.