Many people suffer from seasonal allergies. These allergies are caused from the pollen in the air, or even dust mites around the house and outside. If you suffer from these allergies, you might be wondering if there is any relief. Here are some things that you need to know about allergies.
How Do I Know If I Have An Illness Or Allergies?
Some of the symptoms of allergies and the common cold can be very similar, but the treatment for each is very different. For example, with allergies, you may experience a runny, itchy nose, itchy or swollen throat and watery itchy eyes. All of these can also happen with a cold, although you probably won't experience quite as much irritation with itching if you have a cold. And you should expect to have more pain if you have a cold.
One of the main differences between the two is that the allergies will last for a long time and ebb and flow throughout the day and even the week. For example, in the morning, you are more likely to have an itchy throat because, throughout the night, you are just inhaling allergens without drinking or eating. But with a cold it probably is best in the morning and then as your body becomes run down you start to feel worse.
What Do I Do To Treat Allergies?
There are a couple things that you can do to protect yourself from allergic reactions. First, try taking a shower before bed, this is especially important if you have been outside. You carry the pollen, dust, and allergens all over your body, so if you sleep with them on your person, you are more likely to be irritated throughout the night.
Second, use a cold compress and cold eye drops to help relieve the itching in the eyes and around the face. Some people even choose to refrigerate their eye drops so that they provide more relief.
Third, you can take over-the-counter medications that can help to suppress the immune system. This will curb the severity of your allergic reaction.
Lastly, avoid being outside during the midmorning and evening. This tends to be when the pollen is the worst and allergies run the most ramped.
If your allergies are bothering you so badly that you can't resume normal activities in your life, you may want to see a professional doctor or pediatrician about treatment. The allergies may be more serious than just simple seasonal allergies.