Okay. So it might not be allergy season just yet, but there’s no reason not to start thinking about how you’re going to prep for this year. For some people though, allergies are year round. But for those who deal with pollen and ragweed allergies, there are ways to prepare for allergy season long before it ever happens.
Here’s 5 ways to prepare for allergy season:
Prep #1: Keep an eye on pollen counts
Checking with sources like WSB-TV(local Atlanta station), weather.com, or even our very own social media accounts will give you the daily pollen counts. If you know that pollen affects you the most, then being aware of the count and making preparations around that will make a difference. We know you can’t stay inside forever, but limiting time outdoors will garner success.
Prep #2: Keep the pollen out of the house
Even when you’re indoors, it’s possible to be ambushed by the vile pollen. One thing you can do is keep the doors and windows shut. This might be difficult in spring when the weather is nice, but it’ll save you the pain. According to Everyday Health, you should clean the areas that accumulate more allergens as well as vacuum often with a HEPA filter cleaner. Also wash your clothes as soon as you get home and shower just before bed.
Prep #3: Neti Pot
You may have heard of nasal irrigation, but Neti Pot is an extremely effective version of this that requires little effort and cash. You can easily find these bottles at grocery or drug stores. Basically it’s a plastic bottle with a tip that shoots water and saline up the nasal passages, cleaning them out of any pollen or dust. It sounds gross, but it really does help. Just be prepared to see some gunk fall out.
Prep #4: Get an allergy test
If you struggle with allergies each year but aren’t exactly sure what’s causing you pain, then an allergy test is the first step to success. At the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute, we can do allergy tests with results as quick as 15 minutes. From there, we’ll walk you through the next phase of immunotherapy. It’s an easy process with proven results. It’s also a more effective way to manage those allergies permanently.
Prep #5: Clean the filters and tighten the pipes
Last but not least, make sure that your air filters are cleaned more often than usual. This could be a huge detriment to your health, causing increased symptoms. If you’re allergic to mold, make sure that water pipes are sealed and that there aren’t any leaks within the home.
You’ve got this! You’re going to be prepared for allergy season this year, don’t worry. Always remember that The ENT Institute is always here to provide the best in treatment and care for allergies and sinus problems.
The first step? Schedule a same-day or Saturday appointment by calling 770-740-1860 or filling out the form at the top of the page.