Summer Allergy Relief

blond woman blowing nose outdoors When the season changes and the temperature rises, you’ll like to start spending more time outside with activities and exercise. Although you will have more opportunities to be outdoors, summer allergies can be aggravating and, if severe enough, may interrupt or even keep you from fully enjoying the warmer weather.

Outdoor allergens are usually more prevalent early in the year during the springtime as trees and other plants start to grow again and release pollen. Along with the warmer and generally more stable air, this can cause the build-up of allergens in certain regions. Although avoidance is the best way to reduce allergy symptoms, you don’t need to stay indoors and miss the summertime.

One way to help keep allergies from interrupting your summer is to track pollen counts. There are many sources online to help with this, and by avoiding certain activities during days of high pollen counts, you can reduce the development of chronic allergy symptoms.

Another way to reduce allergy symptoms, both inside and out, is to pay close attention to your clothes during times of higher pollen and allergen counts. By wearing clothes you wore during outdoor activities inside your house before cleaning them, you can bring these allergens inside. The structure of fabric and clothing creates a great surface to trap and carry allergens.

When preventative measures don’t work, a variety of over-the-counter medication in tablet and nasal spray forms can help alleviate allergy symptoms. Many of these, in tablet forms, are antihistamines taken daily to block the reaction to allergens. These take a while to build up in your system and must be taken daily for the best effect.

Nasal sprays also come in a variety of forms. Some medicated sprays directly reduce the symptoms. These provide temporary relief, and many can only be used for a limited time. Saline spray, on the other hand, is not medicated but can help flush away allergens trapped in your sinuses. A saline spray can also be used safely often.

If you are suffering from chronic allergy symptoms, or want to learn more about how to enjoy the outdoors without the annoyance of allergens, call The ENT and Allergy Centers of Texas in the North Plano, TX area at 972-984-1050 or visit to schedule an allergy consultation.

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