What Can I Do to Prevent Seasonal Allergies?
Jaime Cadarette, Pharmacist
A key way to prevent seasonal allergies is to reduce exposure. This can be done in many ways. Keeping pollen out of your house is an important first step in reducing allergy symptoms. Pollen can travel on you, so be sure to wash your clothes and hair after coming indoors. Close any windows and doors during high pollen count days. You should also install HEPA filters on air conditioners, furnaces and vacuums. Using a dehumidifier can help rid your house of pollen and keep the air clean and dry. Stay indoors on dry, windy days when pollen counts are highest. Local news stations and weather channels will tell you when pollen counts are high. Start your allergy medications BEFORE pollen counts begin to rise and your symptoms begin to stay on top of any allergy symptoms.
You can also use over-the-counter treatments to help prevent seasonal allergies. Oral antihistamines block histamine, which is the main causative agent of many allergy symptoms. Take an oral antihistamine once daily before allergy symptoms begin and continue throughout allergy season. Nasal sprays can also help to reduce nasal and head congestion. Decongestants are best for temporary relief of severe nasal congestion and sinus pressure due to potential side effects. Oral decongestants should be avoided if you have high blood pressure or certain heart conditions. Sinus rinses can quickly and effectively flush out bacteria and allergens, and restore moisture to your nasal passages with very low risk of side effects. Last, eye drops can be used to relieve symptoms of dry, itchy eyes.
The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily represent that of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation. The content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prescribe or treat any health condition and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health professional.
April 1, 2020