Although most people would associate allergies with the Spring, many people experience allergy symptoms during the weather change and Fall. This is because pollen and mold are commonly released during the Fall, although it might not be as noticeable (unless you’re prone to allergies, of course). With cold season in full swing as well, it can be miserable trying to stay on top of your allergies. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
One way to prevent your allergies from flaring up is to know your environment as you plan your daily activities. You should always check the pollen count for your area and avoid outdoor activities if you can. If you do have to be outside during times of high pollen count, it’s important to keep your sensitive areas covered— most commonly, your skin and eyes. This might include wearing long-sleeved clothing and even a face mask if you’re especially sensitive to breathing in allergens.
Of course, it’s not possible to avoid every possible exposure to pollen, but you should be dutiful about limiting your contact with it. This means washing clothing, skin, and hair (and your pets!) as soon as you finish coming into contact with it to avoid prolonged exposure. Keeping your living quarters clean and free from pollen-exposed clothing or materials is also a good way to ensure you don’t react later on. Additionally, consider taking steps for climate control inside your home, especially in the areas where you sleep or spend lots of time. Air conditioning can purify and dehumidify the air that you’re breathing in regularly, meaning dust and mold won’t flourish.
If you’ve taken all the steps and still feel miserable, an appointment with our allergists might be your next step. Certain medications can be taken to relieve your symptoms and help fight the release of histamines, which cause common allergy symptoms. These antihistamines, along with nasal steroids and eye drops, can help mitigate your reactions so you can return to your normal schedule. Along with medications, it’s important to find the at-home methods that can help relieve your symptoms and keep your immune system free from viruses.
An appointment with our allergists is one of the best ways to manage your allergies and assess the ways you can improve your quality of life. We can also provide allergy shots to help you fight exposures and return to your regular schedule. To set up an appointment, contact our Denver office by calling or filling out our online form.