Seasonal allergens are often caused by things in the air and on the ground all around us that are “springing up” everywhere. Some of us have allergies to trees, plants and grass; others of us have allergies to all of those and more, and then there are those of us who are simply allergic to the classrooms. For the latter, we at Health Services cannot help you.
However if you are a seasonal allergy sufferer you can take the following steps to ease your discomfort.
1. The first approach to treatment is to adjust your personal habits and your environment, which can both severely affect your symptoms, long time allergy sufferers know what this means. Take your meds, eat right and get enough sleep.
2. Know that reduced immune systems can worsen allergies and cause additional illness, if you are uncertain of allergy or illness consult your medical provider.
3. Air pollution can worsen allergy symptoms. Most allergy sufferers have learned to deal with their environmental issues; in home air filtering, systems can reduce irritants.
4. There are many OTC (over-the counter) remedies for easing irritations of the sinuses, you should consult with your doctor to determine which are best for you.
As for “spring colds”, you should not ignore prolonged symptoms as many patients who present to health care providers are often diagnosed with far more complicated illness i.e.;(pneumonia or chronic sinusitis) for having let symptoms go untreated.
My advice to you when in doubt get it checked out!