Four Common Allergy Treatment Mistakes

Americans are no stranger to allergies; it is estimated that more than 50 million people in the United States are allergic to at least one substance.

  1. Not Knowing What Triggers Your Allergies: Those with spring allergies often find themselves dealing with allergic flareups during other parts of the year. In fact, it is estimated that more than two out of three spring allergy sufferers actually have year-round allergies. By undergoing testing from a board-certified allergist, those with springtime allergies can have a clearer picture about their allergy risk during the other months of the year.
  2. Failing to Keep Track of Pollen Counts: Be honest – how often do you check your local pollen count? Relatively few people keep tabs on the amount of pollen in their surroundings, and consequently many allergy sufferers are caught off guard by their sudden symptoms.
  3. Failing to Take Preventative Measures: While avoiding allergy triggers is a tall task, there are a number of relatively simple preventative measures that can keep pollen away from your nose. One easy tip is to shower and change your clothes after coming home for the day. You can also keep pollen out of your home by regularly changing and cleaning your filters.
  4. Letting Dirty Pets Into Your Home: Dogs and cats can easily track significant amounts of pollen into your home. On days with high pollen counts, remember to wash your pets’ paws and clean their fur with a damp cloth after they come back inside.

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