How to Avoid Seasonal Allergy Symptoms
Imagine, you wake up one morning excited to get your day started. You checked the weather forecast the day before and it said it would be warm and sunny. Oh joy!
Finally, summer is HERE!
You hear the birds chirping; you feel the rays of sun warm up your face; life is great. All of a sudden you realize that you can’t stop sneezing and you feel like you want to scratch your eyes with sandpaper.
For those who suffer with seasonal allergies, you know how annoying they are. You may have awakened one day with your eyes so swollen and irritated that you couldn’t even open them. Or, they may have been so red that you looked like you had the worst case of pink eye.
Some cities are worse for seasonal allergies than others. If you’re wondering if you live in one of the worst offenders, here’s a list of the ten worst cities for spring allergies compiled by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Ten Worst Cities for Seasonal Allergies:
- Knoxville, TN.
- Louisville, KY.
- Charlotte, NC.
- Jackson, MS.
- Chattanooga, TN.
- Birmingham, AL.
- Dayton, OH.
- Richmond, VA.
- McAllen, TX.
- Madison, WI.
Even though this list is for spring allergies, it also applies to summer allergies since pollen, the most common outdoor allergen, is present in both seasons.
It’s also important to note that, according to Dr. Stanley Fineman, President of the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, symptom severity is determined by the individual’s allergy sensitivity combined with their exposure. This means that a person with allergies who is exposed to the allergen that triggers the allergy symptoms will have problems regardless of where they live.
Tips to Reduce Allergy Symptoms
Here are some tips to help you improve your symptoms this summer season according to The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology:
- If allergic to pollen, pollen counts often peak between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., so try to avoid exposure during those times. However, some types of pollen may still peak later in the day.
- Avoid drying clothes outside on high pollen days.
- Wear large sunglasses to prevent pollen entering the eyes.
- Surprisingly, there are certain foods that worsen seasonal allergies to trees, such as apples, almonds, hazelnuts, cherries, kiwis and plums. Avoid these.
- Take a shower after coming from outside and before going to bed.
- Close windows on high-pollen days.
- Use protective measures such as antihistamines, nasal steroids and allergy immunotherapy.
- Change your air conditioning and furnace filters often.
By being aware of what your allergy triggers are and using avoidance methods, you can turn a summer allergy season into a summer free of uncontrollable sneezing and itchy, watery eyes.
We hope these tips are helpful and, as always, let us know what you think!
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