Are you one of the 30 to 60 million Americans who suffer from sneezing, itching, and a nose that’s stuffy one time, runny the next time—all the typical symptoms of a spring allergy—during the season?
If you are, then you would have probably visited a doctor in Ridgewood, New York at one point and been prescribed antihistamines to manage them.
However, remember that while over-the-counter medications and allergy shots are available and effective, these should not be your first line of defense. We advise our patients at our very own medical clinic in New York at MK Healthcare Medical, PC. who suffer from allergies like you do to take on a proactive stance through the following ways:
- If you have a moderate to severe allergy, consider starting an allergy medication regimen early. This will prime your airway and nasal passages before it becomes fully inflamed by which time it will be difficult for your medication to take into effect.
- Deliberately avoid contact with your identified and potential allergens. The time between early morning and midday is when the pollen count is at its peak so make sure to use sunglasses, a hat, a scarf, and keep your windows closed.
- Keep yourself healthy to give your body the resources it needs when your allergies happen. Simple steps like exercising regularly, eating healthily, and making sure to get a good night’s sleep are a good start.