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5 Tips for Surviving Allergy Season

Macon, Ga. (March 13, 2023) – Navigating the time of year when simply stepping outside could send you into a sneezing frenzy can be a daunting task, especially when your symptoms could be lining up with those of multiple ailments such as a cold or even COVID.

Don’t let pollen back you into a corner. Use the tips below as a guide to staying on top of your seasonal allergies, according to Brian S. Bobb, M.D., senior medical director for Piedmont Urgent Care.

1- Limit your time outside when pollen counts are high.

An easy way to stifle allergy flareups is to cut down on direct exposure to the source. Check pollen counts before heading outdoors, limit time spent outside, be sure to remove your shoes at your door and shower as soon as possible after returning home.

2- Ensure your indoor air is clean.

While we can’t control the pollen levels, we can take measures to manage the air quality in our indoor environments. After all, it’s a lot easier for our bodies to recover from allergen exposure when we aren’t also dealing with mold spores or excess dust particles. Be sure to change any air filters at least monthly and opt for HEPA filters to most effectively clean the air in your home.

3- Use a saline solution to regularly rinse your nasal passages.

In the moments where our allergies are particularly unbearable, a saline rinse can make a significant difference. Be sure to follow the instructions provided on your product to ensure you are using it appropriately.

4- Reduce the number of houseplants you keep.

Unfortunately, another major source of sinus irritation is the presence of our green roommates, which can also be generating those pesky pollen particles.

5- Make an appointment with your doctor.

The most effective way to manage your allergy symptoms long-term is to determine your specific triggers and develop a treatment plan. Work with your primary care physician or visit an urgent care to create a plan specific to your allergies and medical history.

“If you’re suffering from allergies and need relief or are wondering whether or not you have a cold, a visit with your doctor can pinpoint what steps to take next,” Dr. Bobb said.

While it can feel overwhelming to maneuver this time of year, there are steps you can take to make your allergy flareups more manageable. These efforts will add up and make a difference.

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