Most people are aware that pollen can wreak havoc on your sinuses, but allergies can do a lot more than give you congestion. It's important to get a grip on spring allergies before they start seriously affecting you, and a doctor can help you build a treatment plan that will get you through the spring allergy season.
Midwest Regional Health Services in Omaha, Nebraska has doctors and staff that understand why and how the spring bloom impacts your health, and they know how to alleviate the effects of allergies. You don't have to suffer through hay fever and headaches all season long; we provide thorough care whenever you need it, so you can begin discussing your allergy treatment before the pollen rolls in.
What can I do to manage allergies?
Nearly 18 million Americans are affected by allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever. This allergy is often seasonal and is triggered by an uptick of pollen in the air. Hay fever is often mistaken for a common cold, but it can last longer and does not come with a fever or chills.
Many people manage allergies with the usual DIY methods, which include:
- Determining what type of pollen you're allergic to, and avoiding it specifically
- Closing the windows to your car and house
- Wearing masks when doing outdoor chores
- Taking showers and changing clothes after going outside
- Vacuuming and wiping down surfaces often
- Putting Vaseline around the nostrils
- Using eye-drops, nasal sprays, and over-the-counter medications
- Eating local honey
However, when the usual tricks don't work, and your allergies persist, it might be time to visit a doctor to build a serious treatment plan. This might include allergy shots and steroids to reduce inflammation.
The importance of starting early
If you're particularly prone to hay fever and need a more serious solution, starting early is the key to avoiding the worst of the spring season. Immunotherapy typically should take place around three months before spring hits, which gives you time to build up some immunity.
Allergy shots work by introducing you to a tiny amount of the pollen you're allergic to, which allows your body to recognize it and mount a small response. As the doctor introduces increasingly larger doses of the allergen, your body becomes acclimated, and your allergy symptoms diminish. As a result, when the trees and grass around you start producing large amounts of pollen, you’re good to go outside without the troublesome symptoms following you.
Allergy immunotherapy is a great choice for those who have to spend lots of time outdoors, don't react well to allergy medications, or want to cut down on how many antihistamines they're taking. Your primary care physician can help you determine if allergy shots are right for you, and help you build a plan for your treatment.
If you don't have a primary care physician or have a difficult schedule, Midwest Regional Health Services offers walk-in visits and primary care. You can talk to our staff by calling 402-225-0489 or by requesting an appointment online.