Being down with a bad bout of flu in the middle of a pandemic is not a great thing to happen. Here’s the good news: it’s not always COVID19. You might be dealing with a seasonal episode of hay fever.
What are the symptoms of seasonal allergies?
The symptoms of a seasonal allergy range from mild to severe and quite similar to common cold and flu. Most common symptoms include sneezing, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy sinuses, and postnasal drainage. In extreme cases, individuals may also deal with symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
What causes seasonal allergies?
Seasonal allergy triggers usually vary across seasons. In spring, it’s the trees. Poplar, chestnut, cedar, alder, and willow are common sources of allergens. In the summer months, ryegrass and timothy grass are common triggers. Most of the pollen count comes from mugworts, plantains, sorrels, and fat hens in the fall season. Thankfully, in winters, most of the outdoor allergens remain dormant. However, at this time, indoor allergens such as mold, dust mites, cockroaches, and pet dander are common triggers.
How to deal with seasonal allergies?
The best way to reduce your chances of contracting a seasonal allergy is to identify the trigger and reduce your exposure to it. If the air outside is windy and dry, try and stay indoors as much as you can. Step outside only after it rains since rain tends to clear out pollen from the air. If you’ve got some outdoor chores to do, wear a pollen mask. Every time you come back home, remove your clothes immediately, and take a shower to get rid of any pollen from the skin. Avoid hanging any laundry outside. Beef up your effort if the pollen count is high. Look out for the forecasts. If a high pollen count is forecasted, take your allergy medication beforehand.
Your indoor air quality matters just as much. Invest in regular maintenance of your HVAC systems. Install high-quality air filters wherever necessary. We recommend using HEPA filters, particularly in the bedrooms. Make sure there’s a HEPA filter in your vacuum filter too. You can also install a dehumidifier to keep your indoor air dry.
Diagnosing seasonal allergy could be quite a trouble if you’re self-medicating. Allergy testing and follow up with a doctor is important. Since the pandemic requires us to stay home, we recommend seeing a virtual doctor.
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