It’s beautiful outside! Trees and flowers are starting to bloom and the grass is starting to green up. Only trouble with enjoying the great outdoors is the runny nose, nasal congestion, and itchy eyes that accompany you. The warmer winter we had in Texas this year means that the spring allergy season will be longer and stronger than previous years. So what can one do besides suffer through it?
Lucky for us relief is right around the corner with a few new habits and health insurance tips that are easy to adopt.
Stay Indoors: Pollen counts are at their highest early morning. If you must go outside, try to limit your exposure to the evening or on non-windy days. Keep windows closed to keep pollen from entering your house and run the AC – don’t forget to replace air filters every few months!
Shower in the evening: Moving your shower to the evening will help wash off any allergens you picked up during the day and will keep them off of your bedding.
Saline Irrigation: Look for a squeeze bottle or Neti pot at the pharmacy with saline packets that you mix with distilled water. This offers instant relief to congestion and keeps post-nasal drip at bay.
Try over-the-counter allergy relief: There is a wide variety of allergy relief you can pick up at your local pharmacy including antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal sprays. Be consistent! It will take a week of steady use for the pills and nasal sprays to become effective in your system. If you know allergy season is upon you, it is best to get the meds in your system a few weeks before symptoms arrive.
If you are still feeling miserable after a few weeks, visit your doctor to see if you need further allergy testing or treatment. More than 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from allergies each year. Your doctor is waiting to help you.
If you have chronic allergies and need specialized serums or treatments or just know your seasonal allergies are likely to result in a few visits to an allergist each year, it can be difficult to find a health plan that will cover your needs! At TakeCommandHealth.com, we make it super easy to see how plans in your area will cover your allergies. Just search for “Allergies” in our condition search bar.