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Do you have spring fever, or is it just early season allergies that are driving you mad? If so, then finding relief from the symptoms of watery eyes, itchy skin, or sinus drainage may be your top priority. As you seek to control your allergy symptoms, it's important to be aware of the following mistakes that could actually make your allergies worse.
#1: Not knowing your triggers
Many people deal with worsening allergies each year without knowing exactly what they are allergic to. Instead they just call it hay fever or spring allergies. You can't properly treat seasonal allergies without knowing the specific things you allergic to. An allergy specialist can run an allergy panel on you, which will quickly narrow down your specific allergens. Imagine what a relief it could be to know that the bushes by your front door are your major allergen, for example. Simply removing them could give you hours of instant relief.
#2: Bringing the allergens indoors
Allowing allergens into your home means you cannot escape your triggers. Although the weather is getting nicer, leave the windows closed if you have allergies. Instead, use an air conditioner or air purifier with a HEPA filter. These filters have the ability to filter allergens out of the air. Wash clothing often as well, since pollen and other allergens can cling to it. The same goes for pets that spend any time outdoors -- they need frequent baths so they don't bring allergens in on their fur. Finally, make sure to wash all produce thoroughly, especially if you grow it in a garden or purchase at farmers markets. Pollen and allergens from outside can cling to the skins and trigger you indoors.
#3: Skipping the treatment plan
You need a treatment plan. Although over the counter medications can be very effective for some people, they are generally targeted to such as large range of allergies that they can't adequately treat specific allergies. An allergist can help you determine which medications will work best with your specific allergies. You may also be a candidate for allergy shots, which may relieve you completely of your allergies with no need for further medications in the future. At the very least, taking medication to relieve your specific symptoms, especially if it is prescription strength, may lead to more comfort than attempting to self treat.
For more help, talk to an allergy specialist in your area.