With the coming of spring, many Alaskans are bracing for the ice break-up season. As the weather gets warmer and snow and ice begin to melt, foliage returns to life and starts sending dust and pollen into the air. If your allergies are triggered by the melting of the ice, here are some allergy care tips to follow to find relief.
How to Tackle Allergies During Break-Up Season
Get an Allergy Test
Allergies mimic many of the symptoms of the common cold or flu. To ensure your coughing, sneezing, and runny nose are a product of seasonal allergies, visit an allergy care specialist to conduct an exam. An allergy test identifies everything you’re allergic to, helping you avoid certain triggers.
Prevent Outside Allergens
Allergens like pollen and dust cling to your clothing when you’re outdoors, then travel around your furniture, bedding, and upholstery as you use them. To avoid allergen transfer, change out of your street clothes as soon as you get home. Your shoes can also bring in contaminants from the outside, so create a dedicated place for them near the front door to get in the habit of removing them before entering your home.
Discuss Appropriate Medications
This time of year sees more allergens than usual, so your over-the-counter medications may not prove as effective as you’d like. There are many types of allergy medications available, including sprays, antihistamines, and decongestants, and it might take a combination of drugs to provide relief. Visit a doctor to determine what medications are best for you or get a prescription to tackle stronger symptoms.
If you’re experiencing severe allergy symptoms, visit Patients First Medical Clinic in Anchorage, AK. With over 150 years of combined experience, their certified doctors and nurses offer primary care, allergy care, urgent care, pediatric care, and a range of services to treat anything from minor cuts and colds to emergency health matters. Learn more about their practice on their website, or call (907) 333-7425 to schedule an appointment.