Pollen Allergies - Summer Tips
Pollen allergies also called hay fever is one of the most common allergies, and is particularly problematic as pollen is so ubiquitous, that short of staying indoors, there is almost no way to escape it. Up to 1 in 5 people can suffer from hay fever and is the most common allergy in the United States.
Treat your allergies early
Antihistamines which are available over the counter are usually effective at controlling most cases of hay fever. Pollen counts are available on most weather reports, and can provide some information about how likely a reaction is. Unfortunately, there isn't much that can be done to prevent airborne allergens. Although the information is invaluable to people with severe hay fever, for most people, not leaving the house isn't a realistic option.
Taking these in the morning before heading outside can significantly reduce unwanted symptoms of hay fever such as running, sneezing, and teary eyes. The key is to take these medications early before the symptoms come to the surface. One unfortunate side-effect of antihistamines is the drowsiness that it causes, which can be disruptive, and even dangerous depending on the type of work that one is involved in.
Take care of your eczema
Called the atopic triad, eczema, hay fever, and asthma often come together. Many people who have the atopic tendency have two or more of these conditions. In particular those with eczema (atopic dermatitis) often suffer from pollen allergy (hay fever). Itching which is common in hay fever can aggravate eczema. Itching needs to be controlled in order to successfully control eczema, as scratching damages the skin and causes further itching, creating an ugly cycle called the scratch-itch cycle. Controlling the hay fever symptoms with antihistamines can help to control your eczema too.
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