3 tips for surviving allergy season

Spring and summer aren't always a sunny proposition if you have allergies. Even if you don't, the amount of pollen in the air is often said to be a problem. Get ahead of the game by knowing what to do from the beginning, in case your nose starts running or you experience other symptoms.

Allergies and air quality are obviously interlinked.Allergies and air quality are obviously interlinked.

Use these basic tips to try and stay allergy-free this year. Staying smart will help you feel comfortable and healthier.

  • Clean out allergens: Dirt and clutter make it easier for allergens to hide. Clean up to try and get dust and other problem particles out of your home. Keeping things tidy, including your clothes, will also let you see if any grime is gathering and give you a chance to treat it soon.
  • Get the air clear: Reduce the amount of dander and places for pollen to collect. You can also put humidifiers or purifiers to address the problem right away. As an added advantage, targeting the air first will shift the focus away from taking too many medications.
  • Know the symptoms: New York Allergy & Sinus Centers's Dr. Morris Nejat told the New York Daily News about the difficulty determining whether you have allergies or a cold. "If your symptoms are lasting more than a week, see an allergist," he said. "Allergies can actually cause sinus infections – if you're having bad, persistent symptoms, get an allergy test and find out how to prevent or diminish those symptoms. We can make some allergies go away with shots." Likewise, while some symptoms can apply to both, something like a fever can be solely a cold on its own.‚Äč

For more help, consult a practitioner at Bronston Medical Care Division (also known as the Community Care Clinic).