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5 Tips for Beating Spring and Summer Allergy Attacks

Just because we live in SoCal doesn’t mean that we aren’t ready for some warmer weather. But if you’re one of the 50 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, then spring also means seasonal allergies and all of the symptoms that go along with them. 

At Southern California Ear, Nose, and Throat, we’re here to take care of you when your allergies start acting up. That’s why we’ve compiled this helpful guide, with tips on beating your spring allergies. 

How you become allergic

Your body has a natural defense system in place known as the immune system. Part of this system are histamines, which are hypersensitive entities that protect you from outside invaders. However, histamines are also what trigger allergic reactions. 

So when you find yourself experiencing symptoms like a runny nose, sinus congestion, and itchy or watery eyes, then that’s your body having an allergic reaction. These symptoms help to clear the allergens out of your system, but they can also prove a nuisance.

5 tips for preventing your spring allergies

Unfortunately, spring is right when the most common of these outside invaders, pollen, dust, and spores, are rife in the environment. Follow these tips to keep allergies under control. 

1. Take allergy medicine regularly

This is probably the best way to prevent spring allergies. Before the season even starts and your allergies become a full-blown problem, start taking allergy medication regularly. And, because most allergy medications like Benadryl make you drowsy, they can also help you sleep if taken at night.

2. Avoid going outside during the day

Pollen is highest during the day, and this is because flowering plants react most to sunlight. One thing that you can do for your allergies is to avoid going outside during the day.

3. Monitor pollen counts

You’ll want to also check the pollen count before going outside in general. If pollen counts are high, then avoid going outside and keep your doors and windows closed.

4. Shower after pollen exposure

Anytime after you go outside, be sure to wash your clothes and shower as soon as you can. This is especially applicable if you spend a lot of time walking to the subway or to work.

5. Turn to professional allergy testing

If all of these steps don’t work and you still find yourself frustrated, then it may be time to consider professional allergy testing. With testing, we can pinpoint the exact cause of your allergies, allowing us to better treat them.

To learn more about professional allergy testing and your options when it comes to treating your allergies, call us or request an appointment right on our website today. 

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