Here in Atlanta, it’s hard to tell when a season comes and goes so it’s best to be prepared for allergy seasons at all times. Many people in the south struggle with serious allergies to pollen, mold, dust, and pet dander – so much so that they’re unable to function at work. Allergy medications are a temporal solution to an issue that requires more effort and time, but who has the bandwidth for that? If you’re reading this and can empathize then you’ve probably tried a lot of things to remove allergies from your daily struggles. Anytime you call your doctor, you’ve gotta wait until your scheduled appointment, but by that time you’ve sneezed enough mucus to fill the bed of a pickup truck. So the question is: what gets rid of allergies fast?
These tips aren’t hard and fast treatments or cures, but they’ll assist with the severity of symptoms in the interim before your appointment. Getting rid of allergies takes a more permanent approach, which we’ll discuss.
How to get rid of allergies fast
Take a shower
Stepping outside for any amount of time allows pollen and dust to get on your skin, in your hair, and all over your clothes. To ensure that you’re not living with that gunk at home, throw your clothes in the wash and take a shower to remove as much of the allergens as possible.
Did you know that one of the dirtiest parts of your body is inside the nose? To solve that issue, you’ve gotta cleanse it out, but how? You can actually go to a local grocery or drug store and pick up an irrigation system for your sinuses. For instance, one brand is called the Neti Pot, which is proven to be an effective way to clear pollen and other allergens from inside. (Note: please use filtered water, not tap).
Okay so this one is impossible if you’re a pet lover and pet owner, but there are ways to keep their dander from affecting you too much. For instance, keeping them out of your bedroom will decrease allergens in your living space. Also, make sure to give them a bath regularly.
You may love the cool breeze mixed with the warmth of the sun against your skin, but limiting the amount of time you spend outside could help with allergic reactions. If staying inside isn’t your cup of tea, check the pollen count and make sure it’s not too high before stepping out. You can actually get the pollen count from various local sources.
Clean the house
This one’s probably the least fun tip because who actually likes doing spring cleaning, but in the end it’ll do wonders for your allergies. Vacuum often, especially if it has a HEPA filter. Dust all the surfaces. Wipe down the counters. If cleaning triggers your allergies to a severe degree, ask for assistance with certain tasks.
The most effective way to defend against allergies is to receive an allergy test from the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute. The providers will use certain allergens to cause a reaction from a patient, then create an immunotherapy method out of those allergens to help desensitize the patient to their own allergies. At the very least, you can know exactly what’s causing you the sniffles. Call 770-740-1860 to schedule a same-day appointment. To learn more about the allergy test and immunotherapy, watch the videos below:
Remember, the best way to get rid of your allergies for good is to get an allergy test and discuss immunotherapy with an allergy specialist. To schedule a same-day or Saturday appointment, call 770-740-1860 or fill out the form at the top of the page.
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