Are you welcoming the Springtime with swollen and itchy eyes, runny nose and sore throat? Uh-oh! These are actually the common symptoms of Seasonal Allergies or Allergic Rhinitis.
Seasonal Allergies are triggered by allergens. The most common allergens are mold spores that thrive indoors and out in the humid conditions brought on by spring rains; and the airborne pollen which is the most common culprit, pollen is produced by trees , grasses, and weeds, and easily carried by the wind. The allergens, usually inhaled and combine with an antibody called “allergic antibody” which is normally present in your body at very low levels but when you develop allergies, it’s produced in larger quantities. When the allergen and “allergic antibody” pair up, chemicals are released that cause inflammation and leads to Seasonal Allergies.
You might want to checkout these some tips for you to get some relief.
- Limit your exposure
Avoid going out especially on windy days and during the early morning hours (between 5am and 10am), when pollen counts are highest. The best time to be outdoors might be right after it rains, when pollen spores have been washed from the air. When you do head outdoors, wear glasses or sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes. Once you head back inside, always take a shower, wash your hair, and change your clothing. And keep your doors and windows closed to prevent the pollen drifting to your home.
- The Natural Remedies
If you’re looking for natural remedies, some moms-to-be swear by Neti Pots, special mini pitchers designed to wash out the sinuses with Saline. Others use Saline Nasal Spray or breathing strips at night.
- Get some allergy medicine
Allergies can be treated with allergy shots or medication. Antihistamines, which block your body’s response to allergies, usually work in less than an hour. But read the package carefully. Some older drugs, like Chlorpheniramine, Clemastine and Diphenhydramine can make you drowsy.
* It’s best to avoid taking medications during pregnancy. But if your allergy symptoms are severe, your doctor will weigh the severity of your symptoms against possible risks to your baby.
Prevention is always the best treatment. Simple changes make a difference. Minimize exposure to your allergy triggers whenever possible. Use an air conditioner to cool your home instead of a fan, which draws in air from outside. Don’t line-dry clothes or sheets in warmer weather! They’ll collect pollen while they hang outside. If you or someone you live with smokes, now is a good time to quit it can make allergy symptoms worsen.
* Over the counter anti-allergy medicines can be used to prevent allergies but during pregnancy, it’s best to do so under the guidance of your doctor. He or she can help you develop an allergy control plan that’s good for you and your baby.
NOTE: Allergies can lead to other chronic conditions such as asthma. They shouldn’t be ignored especially when you’re pregnant. If your seasonal allergy symptoms increase in severity, see your doctor immediately.