Spring is in the air. Unfortunately, so are the many tree and grass pollens that cause seasonal allergies. This can be bad news if these tiny particles cause your asthma to flare up. But the change in seasons doesn’t mean that you have to hibernate until winter. While you may not be able to avoid pollens completely, there are many ways to feel better.
Find Your Triggers
If you start coughing and wheezing at the first signs of spring, you may want to visit an allergist. He or she can determine what is causing your reaction and work with you to control your exposure. Your allergist may also prescribe medicine to help with your symptoms.
For many allergy sufferers, pollen is the main problem. You may notice that your asthma is worse on days that are hot, dry, and windy. Your symptoms may lessen when rain washes pollen out of the air.
Whenever possible, plan outdoor activities when there is less pollen in the air. You can check the local pollen count by logging on to www.aaaai.org/nab. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology updates the website daily in the spring.
Follow these tips when pollen counts are high:
Close your windows to keep pollen from coming in.
Use an air conditioner, rather than fans, to cool your house.
Try to stay inside between 5 and 10 a.m., when pollen counts are generally the highest.
Ask someone else to mow the lawn and rake leaves.These activities stir up allergens. If you have to do these things yourself, wear a mask.
Don’t hang clothes or sheets outside to dry.
Shower and change your clothes after spending time outside. This will help remove any pollen that is on your clothing, hair, and skin.
Get Help if You Need It
Springtime can be difficult for many people with asthma caused by allergies, but there’s no need to suffer. If you are still having trouble despite trying to avoid triggers and taking medication, talk with your doctor. If your doctor thinks that your allergies are severe, or if it is too difficult to avoid your triggers, he or she may recommend that you get allergy shots. The shots help build up your tolerance to the allergen so that your symptoms improve.
Need an Allergist?
To find a Crittenton doctor who can help you find relief from allergies, call (248) 652-5418 or “Find a Doctor.”