There’s a lot going on right now, and you don’t need the added hassle of seasonal allergies. Allergies are quite common, too, affecting 10 to 30% of the world’s population. So, if you’re suffering right now, you’re not alone.
We at the offices of Terry Baker, MD in Idaho Falls, Idaho, are here to help you with all of your medical care needs. And because so many of our patients suffer from seasonal allergies, we’ve compiled this helpful guide to common seasonal allergies and what you can do to relieve symptoms.
Common spring allergies
Seasonal allergies are allergies that only come on in certain seasons. Right now, it’s a common time for allergies since seasons are changing and plants are in bloom. That means that there are many different substances in the air like:
- Pollen (from trees, grass, and weeds)
- Mold spores
These are some common allergies that you could have. Your body reacts to these substances in a few ways, including:
- Itchy throat
- Watery and/or itchy eyes
Allergies can impede your ability to enjoy life. And we want to help you do everything possible to prevent adverse seasonal allergy reactions.
Relieving your allergy symptoms
Unfortunately, you can’t avoid your allergies entirely. But we don’t want you to miss out on our gorgeous spring weather this year, either. There are a few steps you can take to ensure that your seasonal allergies are under control.
Before you go out in the morning, it can be helpful to check your local pollen forecast so you can know to take certain precautions. This way, when you’re outside, especially for prolonged periods of time, it can be helpful to wear a dust mask. It’s also helpful in this instance to keep the windows in your house and car closed.
It may also be helpful to plan indoor activities on windy days with high pollen counts. And, you may find it helpful to take an over-the-counter allergy medication if you need it. We can also prescribe you different allergy medications, such as a nasal corticosteroid.
You may also opt for immunotherapy, or allergy shots, where we give you controlled doses of your allergens and see if your body develops a resistance to them. Take control of your seasonal allergies before they take control of your life. Call us to make an appointment today.