April Showers Bring Allergies
As the temperature starts to warm up and the flowers begin to bloom we know it could only mean one thing, allergy season. It is only the beginning of April and many of us are feeling those itchy eyes, sneezing, wheezing and the congestion from weeds, grass and other airborne pollens. Fortunately there is something that you can do to prevent the allergies that seem to plague our lives.
First if it is possible, figure out what you and your body are allergic to. One of the fastest and accurate ways to find out what you are allergic to is to visit one of Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center’s physicians for an allergy test. With minimal physical discomfort, the primary care physician will check for an allergic reaction and identify the allergen that is causing all of your symptoms. Make sure that you keep track of the allergen levels in your area so you can avoid these trouble spots. Natural allergy remedies and medications can become a part of your day and will help with allergy symptoms. One of the most popular tools used to prevent allergies is the neti pot. A neti pot flushes out your nasal passages and helps you rinse with a saline solution. This remedy is seen to be one of the most effective anti allergen devices. There are many over the counter medications and remedies that you can buy at your local pharmacy if the neti pot does not work. Some of these medications will provide continuous relief so it does not affect your daily life. You can always ask a doctor for an allergy shot, which will help slow the diseases caused by allergies.
If you are not willing to take any type of medications there are some easy ways that can prevent pollen and dust from getting into your body. You can wear sunglasses or glasses to block pollen, avoid drying clothes on a cloth line and even try exercising in-doors at times when the pollen index is high. Make sure you always shower at night washing your hair and body and keep the windows of your house closed. Air conditioners will be able to circulate air and eliminate allergens. Knowing when and what allergies are prevalent can assist you in making choices about your day-to-day activities. These are only a few tips that will help you manage the allergens. If you want to learn more about your allergies please call us at Meadowlands Hospital at 201-392-3100 to make an appointment so we can evaluate you and your symptoms.