(BlackDoctor.org) — Did you know every season is associated with certain types of allergies? According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, it may not just be the season that is aggravating your allergies, causing you to sneeze and wheeze.
Did you know your allergies might also be in high gear because of a few simple mistakes you are making?
Here are some simple tips to help you manage, or even avoid, allergy symptoms:
• Don’t assume you know exactly what you are allergic to. More than two-thirds of people who think their allergies only occur during the spring season actually have year-round allergies. An allergist can pinpoint the source of your allergic reactions and recommend the right treatment.
• Don’t buy over-the-counter medications before you know that they can alleviate your allergy symptoms. Consult an allergist to determine which treatment options are best for you. Immunotherapy using nasal spray or shots may even get rid of your allergies permanently.
• Don’t wait until symptoms are full-blown to take allergy medications. Before the spring allergy season starts, begin taking a medication that’s worked for you in the past.
• Take steps to avoid allergy triggers. Experts suggest that if you are allergic to pollen, for example, keep your windows closed, take a shower after being outside and avoid going out in the middle of the day when pollen counts are highest.
• Identify allergy-related conditions you may suffer from. If raw or fresh fruits or other foods aggravate your allergy symptoms—making you sniffle and sneeze, and your mouth, lips and throat get itchy—you may have oral allergy syndrome. This condition affects about one-third of seasonal allergy sufferers. While cooking or peeling these foods may help, it is wise to consult an allergist.
If you have any questions about allegies – what to do, or if you actually have them at all, be sure to consult with your doctor, or an allergist, as soon as possible.