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7 Tips to Minimize Seasonal and Perennial Allergies

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As spring approaches, we can all look forward to warmer weather. Unfortunately, for many Americans that also means the beginning of allergy season. Tree pollen typically becomes an issue in late March to April. And climate change is only making things worse. Between 1995 and 2015, the ragweed pollen season increased from one to three-and-a-half weeks. We can assume that number has only increased since then.

Understanding Allergies

Both seasonal and perennial allergies can cause allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever. Perennial allergens can affect people all year round, whereas seasonal allergies are focused on seasons such as spring or fall. With seasonal allergies, pollen is often a trigger. With perennial allergies, triggers can be dust mites, mold, or pets. Allergy symptoms typically include itchy eyes and throat, sneezing, and a runny or stuffy nose.

Allergy Testing and Treatment

Allergy testing is one of the most certifiable means in which to identify potential allergies. Skin-prick testing or blood tests help physicians determine what is causing the allergy. Correctly identifying allergy triggers is a key component of effective management. Treatment options for allergies can vary, but the most common treatment options are environmental control, medications, and immunotherapy (allergy shots). Here, sources at ENT and Allergy Associates (ENTA), the largest ear, nose, throat, allergy, and audiology practice in the country, share tips to minimize the impact of seasonal and perennial allergies.

Tips

•  Try staying indoors when possible, especially when pollen counts are high or at their peak.
•  Keep windows of your home, workplace, and car closed during peak pollen seasons.
•  Use air conditioning whenever possible.
•  Wash your hands and face to remove pollen.
•  Shower and shampoo your hair at bedtime to wash off accumulated pollens. 
•  Wear glasses or sunglasses when outdoor to minimize pollen getting into your eyes.
•  Wash bedding once a week using hot water.

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Heather, co-founder of Well Defined and the former editor-in-chief of American Spa, is an award-winning journalist and content strategist, skilled in writing, copyediting, and media relations. She is also a freelance writer and has contributed to Elite Traveler, Islands, Kiwi, Luxury Travel Advisor, Organic Spa, Porthole Cruise, Travel Agent, abcnews.com, jetsetter.com, outside.com, and wellandgood.com, in addition to various custom publications. She is frequently called upon to comment on various spa and wellness trends for various media outlets.