Outdoor allergy symptoms and how to alleviate them
How to get rid of the worse outdoor allergy symptoms
What causes outdoor allergies?
Allergies occur when the body comes into contact with a substance called an allergen, which forces the body to respond in an overly sensitive way. A protein called igE 99 (immunoglobulin) is created in the body to resist foreign substances, and an allergic reaction is the result of your immune system creating the igE that associates with that allergen. Therefore, causing your cells to release chemicals that cause this allergy symptoms.
The most common culprits of outdoor allergies include:
- Weed and tree pollen
- Mold spores
- Spider mites
What are the symptoms?
Allergic reactions or symptoms of outdoor allergies include:
- Stuffiness in your nose
- Runny nose
- Itchiness in your nose, roof of your mouth, ears, throat or eyes
- Watery eyes
How can you cure these symptoms?
Unfortunately one of the best “cures” to outdoor allergy symptoms is staying in doors when the pollen count is especially high, or during very windy weather. Pollen counts are usually higher in the middle of the day, and lower in the early morning and late evening.
Plan activities outside during low pollen periods
The wind can carry extra amounts of pollen and dust that will only make your symptoms worse. Damp days carry less pollen and dust, and will induce less of an allergic reaction than windy days.
Take a vacation
Opt for activities and or take a vacation that is near the sea or sand, both of which carry less pollen and dust, helping to lessen your allergy symptoms.
Keep the windows closed
You can also keep your windows shut when driving in your car, and keep windows closed while inside your house to prevent pollen and mold for settling inside your home and car.
Activities such as racking leaves and mowing the lawn can expose you to a lot of mold and grass pollen. Hiring someone to take care of these activities, or asking another member of the family to do these will provide you with a lot of relief.
Talk to a professional
While suffering from allergies can leave you feeling miserable, talking to an allergist can be a good step in providing some relieve for you. If you have very severe allergies they can prescribe allergy medicine to best fit your case.
Try over the counter medicines
You can also try over the counter medication to treat the symptoms. If you are suffering from a runny nose, decongestants can help alleviate those symptoms. Antihistamines can be taken to reduce sneezing, stuffy nose and watery eyes. For watery and itchy, red eyes, allergy eye drops can be used. For nasal swelling and congestion, nasal steroid sprays can be used. It is best to visit a doctor and take an allergy test to specify what you are allergic to and the best ways to help prevent and avoid allergic reactions and symptoms.