Spring is finally here! While it’s beautiful, it’s also the peak season for allergies. The main culprit? Pollen.
The trees and even the weeds release these tiny grains into the air to fertilize other plants. However, when they get into the nose of someone who’s allergic to them, they can trigger the body’s immune response.
When the immune system sees them as a danger, it releases antibodies to attack them. This leads to the release of histamines into the blood, causing the allergic reaction – runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, and coughing.
You don’t have to resort to locking yourself in your home to prevent this. Our specialists at Greater Knoxville ENT suggest these simple strategies that can help you keep the seasonal allergy under control:
- When it’s dry and windy, stay indoors. This will help reduce your exposure to allergy triggers. The best time to head outside is after it rains. A good period of rain helps clear the pollen from the air.
- Avoid hanging your laundry outside. Pollen can stick to your sheets or clothes.
- When working outside, wear a pollen mask.
- Listen or watch out for high pollen forecasts. If it’s forecasted to have a high pollen count, start taking your anti-histamine medications even before your symptoms appear.
- Pollen count is usually the highest in the morning, so avoid outdoor activities until later in the day.
- Take a shower as soon as you get home. This is a good way of ridding pollen and other allergens that you bring in with you from outside.
- Try herbal drops. Popping a natural herbal throat drop can help ease an irritating cough or scratchy throat.
- Rinse it out. You can use a rinse kit or a neti pot. A nasal rinse can help in cleaning the mucus from the nose and ease some of the allergy symptoms.
- Stay hydrated. If you feel stuffy, staying hydrated can help you feel better. The extra fluid can thin the mucus in the nasal passages.
If you don’t find any success from any of these strategies, Greater Knoxville ENT can help. We have ENT specialists who can help you find a solution.
Schedule an appointment with us online or call (865) 244-4396.