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Monday, April 18, 2016
Dealing with seasonal allergies, especially in a highly forested area like Savannah, can be challenging to say the least. Even with spring in full swing, there are still several things that you can do to have a pain free pollen season.
Pollen allergies are usually fairly obvious, but there may be times that they can be confused with something else like a common cold. When it's a pollen allergy, you will generally notice some or all of the following symptoms:
Dealing with the seasonal allergies the right way requires several basic steps. These are easy to follow and can make a huge difference in the way that you feel during Savannah’s pollen season.
1. Know Your Allergy Triggers
You may think that all spring allergies are the same, but actually each person experiencing spring allergy symptoms has different specific triggers and pollens they are allergic to. Whether it’s tree pollen, grass pollen, or weed pollen, it’s important to see an allergist to determine your specific allergy triggers.
2. Find the Source
So maybe you do know the specific pollen triggers for your allergies - but have you considered every pollen source? Think of the times when your allergies are worse and look for commonalities. Are the windows open during your worst allergy problems? Do you have a pet that may be tracking pollen inside after they play outdoors? Even small things can matter. For example, you may be bringing pollen indoors via your shoes, so take them off (and clean them, if possible!) as soon as you enter the house to avoid continued exposure.
3. Get Medical Help
Medical help is perhaps the most essential of the tips for dealing with pollen allergies. An allergist can not only help you identify your specific triggers, but also administer various treatment options like immunotherapy and medicine prescriptions.
4. Begin Treatment Before Symptoms Start
The best time to start your allergy treatments is before symptoms even start. At the very beginning of pollen season, tackle the problem proactively! The sooner that you start, the greater the chance that you won't have to deal with pollen misery at all.
Ready to get help for your allergies during this year’s pollen season? SouthCoast is ready to help. Contact us to get access to our allergy and immunology services today!
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