For people with allergies, the nicer weather may be something to avoid more than enjoy. If you suffer from allergies year-round, you’re probably familiar how to combat those indoor irritants. For example, the carpet may contain 100 times more allergens than hardwood floors. It’s likely that you don’t have any carpeted flooring in your home. But what about the outdoors? Can you still get outdoors and handle your allergies?
Good news — Even if you have allergies you can still get outdoors. Everyday Health has some suggestions for surviving the allergy season while still enjoying your life. They say before you assume you’re dealing with allergies, make sure that’s what you’re actually struggling with. If you’re noticing congestion, itchy eyes, and mucus for more than two weeks, it’s likely that allergies are to blame. You can also point a finger at allergies if you notice the above symptoms after spending a day at the park or hiking in the woods.
If you start to notice a fever, though, you might be dealing with a cold or a virus. If you suspect a more serious illness, reach out to your doctor or head to urgent care immediately. A survey by The Urgent Care Association of America says 57% of patients wait 15 minutes or less to be seen, and about 80% of all visits are 60 minutes or less. So when you do need to visit, you’ll be in and out in no time flat.
If what you’re suffering from is definitely allergies, it’s important to identify what you’re actually allergic to. Live Science says many people with allergies are sensitive to trees, weeds, grasses, and mold. All of these things emit pollen into the air from the end of winter throughout the end of summer. Figuring out what triggers your symptoms can help you decide what to stay away from and what times of the year you should avoid the outdoors. If the grass is a major trigger, consider heading to a lake or creek for the day. If you plan on going to an outdoor wedding and lilacs bother you, avoid sitting near them. You only have to worry about lilacs in the spring, though, as they’re only in season for three weeks out of the year during this season.
Allergy and Asthma Clinical Centers suggests taking medication if you feel comfortable. But don’t take any over-the-counter drug, as the most effective treatment is going to be one prescribed by a doctor. Talk with an allergist and have them prescribe you a medication. They specialize in helping people identify their allergies and will be able to give you something that would target exactly what you need.
Allergies can be a real pain, but they don’t have to stop you from having fun outdoors. Taking medication, knowing what you’re allergic to, and knowing if you even have allergies at all can help make your outside experience a lot more enjoyable.
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