How many times have you heard “bless you,” today? If you are like many Canton area seasonal allergy sufferers, you have probably lost count. Allergy Respiratory & Sleep Medicine wants you to know that you do not have to just suffer through your allergy symptoms. Here are some tips and tricks offered by Dr. Given and the staff at Allergy Respiratory & Sleep Medicine that can help to make your indoor, outdoor, and seasonal allergies more manageable.
The first thing you should know is that medication is rarely a solution on its own. Over the counter allergy medications can be extremely effective in treating your symptoms, but as they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Dr. Given’s first piece of advice when it comes to dealing with seasonal allergies is avoidance.
Avoidance is a great in theory, but often not realistic in practice. If you have outdoor seasonal allergies, staying indoors, preferably with an air conditioner that will help to reduce the amount of pollen in the air, will help. However, it’s nearly impossible to hide out at home until the worst of your allergy season passes, and the air conditioner only filters out some airborne pollen, it does not eliminate it completely.
So, when staying in is not an option, what’s next? Your best course of action is to find a medical professional, like those at Allergy Respiratory & Sleep Medicine, to help you determine what your specific allergies are, and what treatments are right for you. Seasonal allergies do not just disappear, and they are likely to return year after year. Once you know what you are allergic to, it can help you to be more prepared the next time that your allergy season rolls around.
Allergy shots are a fairly common form of treatment for seasonal allergy sufferers who are looking for long term prevention. Allergy shots work by helping your immune system to build antibodies which will block and essentially deactivate incoming allergens before they are able to trigger an allergic reaction. There is a special allergy shot station at Allergy Sleep & Respiratory Medicine. Patients are able to stop in at their convenience to receive their shot, and then make themselves comfortable in the waiting area for twenty minutes after the shot is administered to ensure that no reaction occurs. After that, patients check back in with the nurse, and are on their way. It’s a very quick and easy process that can prevent a great deal of seasonal allergy suffering.
If you choose to treat your seasonal allergy symptoms with over the counter medications, there are a few things that you should be aware of. Antihistamines and decongestants are effective only so long as they are in the body, so they are not a long term solution. Most of these medications are metabolized out within six to twenty-four hours. One of the advantages of using these medicines for temporary relief is that they begin working relatively quickly. With allergy shots, you are working toward long-term seasonal allergy prevention, so you may still suffer some symptoms as the program progresses. The decongestants and antihistamines that you can pick up at the drugstore will generally begin working within one to two hours.
If you are unsure about what triggers your seasonal allergies or what treatment plan is best for you, consider a visit to Allergy Respiratory & Sleep Medicine in Canton. Dr. Given and his skilled staff can start you on the path toward long-term relief and healing. You can find Allergy Respiratory & Sleep Medicine online at www.AllergyRespiratoryCenter.com or call 330.479.3333 today to schedule an appointment.