Our Doctors can help with Season Allergies and Allergy Relief
Showing signs of Allergies, and unsure of what’s causing it? You'll fight allergies more effectively if you know what you're allergic to. A skin or blood test from an allergist will narrow down your particular allergens, so you can avoid them. There are many different factors that can come into play when talking about allergies and, also tons of ways that they can infiltrate your domain. Finding the root cause of your allergies can help alleviate your spring suffering. Also understanding different habits that can cause your allergy symptoms to worsen such as:
- Stressful Environments- Stress is your body’s response to certain situations which can cause virtually all of your body systems like digestive, cardiovascular, immune, and nervous system to make adjustments in response to the stress. An adjustment that your body makes in response to stress is releasing hormones and other chemicals, including histamine, the powerful chemical that leads to allergy symptoms. Though stress doesn’t actually cause your allergies to happen, it can make your allergic reaction worse by increasing the histamine in your bloodstream.
- Alcoholic Beverages- Mainly with beers and wines can cause your allergy symptoms to worsen. One of the compounds in alcohol that can cause your allergies to go haywire is sulfites. The most common adverse reactions, including wheezing, chest tightness and coughing and symptoms are more likely when asthma is poorly controlled.
- Waiting too Long to Take Meds- When it comes to taking a medication to relieve symptoms, like the itchy eyes or sneezing of allergies, we tend to think that we should take it when we have the symptoms, and not take it when we don’t. But it turns out that allergy medications work best when you take them consistently — and can take a while to kick in. So while it’s understandable that you would want to hold off on medications until things get bad, and skip them on good days, you will actually do better if you get them started at the first sniffle — and continue until allergy season is over (check with your doctor as to when you should stop).
- Skipping an Evening Shower- When being outside all day your clothing and hair can collect pollens that could be causing your allergy flare ups. When you avoid taking that shower in the evening you are increasing the chances of transferring pollens to your pillow, bed sheets, couches, ect. This can cause your allergies to stick along with you for longer periods of time.
- Leaving Doors or Windows Open- Understanding when there is a high amount of pollen in the air and keeping the doors and windows closed is a great way to decrease the chances of an allergy flare up.
- Not Changing Home AC Filters- These ac filters were made to catch the dust particles and such from being circulated through your air vents. Change them as often as the maker recommends, or more often if it seems to help.
These days, most of these medications are available without a prescription, so it may not occur to families to call their doctor when allergy season hits; they just head to the pharmacy. If what you buy is working, great. But if not, give your doctor a call — because sometimes changing to a different medication or dose, or using it a bit differently, can make all the difference. Your doctor can also be sure that there isn’t something else besides allergies going on.