Help! My Allergies are flaring, what should I do?
Nobody likes it when allergies flare up – clogged and runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, you name it. No matter how one tries to minimize allergic reactions, we are practically surrounded by allergens that are seemingly harmless but can possibly trigger allergy symptoms. Here are things that you can do when your allergies flare up:
- Rinse your sinuses with saline solution. This is a quick and effective way to relieve nasal congestion. By rinsing your nasal passages, it flushes out allergens and mucus. Nasal sprays are easily available in most pharmacies.
- Try Over-the-Counter medication. There are various OTC medications that you can take to help ease allergy flare-ups. There are oral antihistamines that can relieve common allergy symptoms such as itching, sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes. Oral decongestants are available for relief from nasal stuffiness. However, nasal decongestants are not for long-term use as it can cause rebound congestion. There are also combination medications that pair up an antihistamine with a decongestant. You can consult your pharmacist about over-the-counter medications.
- Apply a cold compress. Applying a cold compress to your eyes and skin can alleviate itchiness.
- Wash it away. Taking a shower and a clean change of clothes will help wash away allergens such as pollen and dander that may be stuck on you.
- Keep your hands clean. Remember to wash your hands often as this reduces allergens and decreases contact with possible triggers.
When quick remedies don't suffice, it is best to see your doctor for better guidance on allergy management.