Move to the desert, they said. No allergens there, they said. It will be fun, they said.
After five years of desert living, I can tell you that one of those above statements is FALSE. I never suffered from seasonal allergies prior to moving to Las Vegas, but apparently, I am allergic to most of the desert!
Pharmacist Daniel W. Heller, Patient Care Coordinator for Smith’s Food & Drug Stores has some great tips for living with seasonal allergies.
Keep track of when your allergy symptoms start – especially if you are affected by pollen-related allergens. Start your medication 1-2 weeks before they start affecting you, so the medication is active within your system.
Talk with your doctor about which medication might work best for you. There are many options, from oral medications to nasal sprays, and many are available over the counter.
Showering before bed can help keep pollen, and other allergens off your pillowcase and sheets. This can help contaminates from getting into your eyes and nose, and help to prevent a restless night’s sleep.
Keep your air vents clean. Consider purchasing HEPA filters for your forced air system, and vacuum cleaner.
Wash your bed sheets weekly to limit many of the symptoms of the worst allergy seasons.
Everyone is different, so make sure to talk to your healthcare provider. The words and other content provided in this blog are not intended, and should not be construed as medical advice.
I worked with my doctor to come up with the right combination of treatments for my allergy symptoms – nasal spray, and oral medication, and an emergency inhaler for allergy-induced asthma have worked very well for me. I also use homeopathic remedies, like raw local honey.
Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? What are your best tips on finding relief from symptoms? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!
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