The Healthversed Allergy Survival Guide
The mercury in your proverbial thermometer may be rising and your vehicle’s windows may be lowering but, brace yourself, the sniffles are coming. Fret not our hapless wanderer. For Healthversed is here to arm you with a few tricks of the seasonal trade that we’ve picked up on our own journey.
Expect sniffles. Expect dry eyes. Expect itchiness. But also, expect a little bit of relief, too. We can’t cure your allergies outright, but we may be able to provide you with a little relief. On your mark, get set … wait … hold on … nose is itchy … ok, we think it passed. On your mark, get set … ACHOO!
We honestly can’t tell you how many self-diagnosed “allergy sufferers” we’ve met over the years. We get it. The ground thaws out, the buds bloom, and you notice watery eyes and an itchy nose. That doesn’t necessarily equate to a seasonal allergy diagnosis. We’re exposed to harmful chemicals every day! All of which could cause a negative reaction.
If you haven’t been tested, do yourself a favor and make an appointment with your family physician. Take the tests and get a concrete diagnosis.
Begin Taking Allergy Medicine Early
You’ve taken the tests and have determined that yes, you are in fact allergic to pollen, ragweed, and the like. What now? Well, don’t just sit around waiting for the sniffles to begin. Start taking your allergy medicine immediately!
Whether it’s nasal spray, eye drops, or antihistamines, the earlier you start ingesting them the better. No, that doesn’t mean that you should start popping pills in December. It means don’t wait until the symptoms become unmanageable. The key to surviving allergy season is vigilance. Stay on top of your symptoms and you’ll be just fine.
If managing your daily dose of antihistamines or steroids is too high maintenance, then allergy shots may be the way to go. Allergy shots, often referred to as immunotherapy, work by exposing the patient with a small dose of the allergen over time. That’s right, the “cure” for allergies is allergens.
Unfortunately, allergy shots aren’t just a one shot deal. You’ll need to receive a few shots, spread out over a couple of weeks to slowly build up your immunity to the allergy causing allergens. At the beginning, you’ll be given a shot once or twice per week, for about six months. Then, maintenance shots roughly once a month for up to five more years. We know, we aren’t doing a great job selling this. But if it works, it works.