Spring season is synonymous with it’s warm days and blooming plants. For allergy suffers this means the return of red eyes, and congested lungs. Let’s take a look at how you can avoid these annoyances and enjoy the outdoors, and sunny days.
Cultivating good habits to avoid allergies
Before going for a walk make sure you check out the pollen percentage for the day. It usually peaks early in the morning. This varies according to your region, so trust yourself and your local pollen forecast.
If you have severe pollen allergies you might want to avoid going out during the morning or you can take allergy medicine before participating in your daily outdoor activities: Gardening, walking, golfing, biking and etc. The suggested recommendation for over-the-counter allergy medication is one tablet at breakfast in the morning for outputs and one at lunch. As said, depending on your allergy severity you may also want to take one in the afternoon or evening for the next morning. Always ask your pharmacist about the proper dosage for your case.
If you’re an avid gardener, consider adapting your gardening schedule to suit your allergies. You may be required to change the landscape: Remove selected trees and shrubs, replacing them with ones that wont be as potent. This will also help reduce your allergic reactions. Try not to mow the law yourself because mowing increases pollen counts. Another wise decision is to choose plants whose pollination is primary insect based rather than wind based. This will help lower pollen saturation in the air in your gardens and around your home.
If you have an extreme case of pollen allergies, stay indoors during dry and windy days. Wash your hair and clothes every day, and do not leave them outside to dry.
Know your allergy triggers
A great way to prepare for allergy season is to know exactly what plants and trees trigger your allergies. Do your research, and get to know the plants and trees to a point where you can recognize and avoid them. As well, skin tests done by a doctor can help pinpoint which ones you are most affected by.
There are alternative treatments that you can try to help you cope with the season. These treatments include: Acupuncture, herbal medications, homoeopathy and others. Homoeopathy treatments have become increasing popular. Some of the most classic ones provide 5 granules of lung histamine 15 CH, CH 9 Sabadilla, and Euphrasia 9 CH three times a day for the entire season. This can be done at the onset or at the first signs of budding plants. It is recommended that during a severe reaction you take your treatments up to six times a day.
Sabadilla helps to fight against serial sneezing, watery eyes and rhinitis. Euphrasia helps deal with red eyes and allergic conjunctivitis, while Lung Histamine helps decrease lung inflammation. Consult a physician before beginning any treatments to ensure it will work for you.
Hay fever or allergic rhinitis is caused by tree pollen, grass and herbaceous, all dispersed by the wind. Not all allergies are caused by pollen, they could be from the proteins or antigens transported by it.
Temperature is an important determining factor that influences the amount of pollen in the air. A cool Spring will extend the period of pollen dispersion and usually have a short end. Rain also plays a favourable role in controlling pollen dispersion because it helps keep the pollen on the ground.
If you live in Quebec you should know that Quebec Springs are known for carrying pollen from the trees and shrubs until late June. During the Summer months to mid-October grass is the primary cause for allergic reactions. Herbaceous can be found in the air in late summer.
Remember to take care of your allergies; notice what you’re affected by and ask your doctor how you can best deal with these annoyances so you don’t have to miss out on the fun during the Spring and Summer months.