"Reducing your allergy symptoms can involve a combination of measures, including avoiding allergens, taking medication as directed by a healthcare professional, and maintaining a clean and dust-free home environment," says Hetu Y. Parekh, MD, Allergy and Asthma at ARC Four Points and ARC Medical Plaza Specialty. "Remember, it is important to consult with your doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan, especially if your symptoms are severe or persist despite self-care measures."
Tips to reduce allergy symptoms
Allergies can be a frustrating and uncomfortable experience, but there are several things you can do to help reduce your symptoms. Here are some tips:
- Avoid allergens — The best way to reduce allergy symptoms is to avoid the allergen that triggers them. If you are allergic to pollen, for example, stay indoors when the pollen count is high, keep your windows closed, and avoid going outside during peak pollen times.
- Keep your home clean — Dust and pet dander are common allergens, so keeping your home clean and free of these substances can help reduce your allergy symptoms. Vacuum frequently, wash your bedding in hot water, and use an air purifier.
- Wash your pet — Washing your pet can help with allergies by removing the allergens, such as pet dander and pollen, that can accumulate on their fur and trigger allergic reactions.
- Change your clothes — Changing your clothes after you've been outside can prevent allergens, such as pollen and dust, that cling to your clothes from entering your home or exacerbating your allergy symptoms.
- Take medications — Over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription allergy medications can help reduce your symptoms. OTC medicines such as antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal sprays can all be effective in reducing allergy symptoms. For those with more severe allergies, talk to your doctor about starting immunotherapy through allergy shots or drops.
- Wear protective gear — If you have to be outside during allergy season, wearing a face mask or sunglasses can help reduce the amount of pollen or other allergens that get into your eyes and nose.
- Rinse your sinuses — Rinsing your sinuses with a saline solution can help with allergy symptoms by flushing out the allergens, such as pollen and dust, that can accumulate in your nasal passages and cause irritation and inflammation.
"Remember that everyone's allergies are different, so what works for one person may not work for another," says Dr. Parekh. "Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and ask for advice on the best ways to manage your allergies."
Make an appointment today
If you are experiencing allergy symptoms in Central Texas during the spring season, it's important to talk to your doctor about the best ways to manage your symptoms. They may recommend allergy testing and prescribe medications such as allergy shots or allergy drops to help alleviate your symptoms. Call the ARC Clinic most convenient to you for an appointment with an ARC Allergist to help alleviate Central Texas allergies.