Spring is just around the corner, and people all over the country are celebrating – especially those of us who have been through a cold winter! For many people, this is simply the best time of year. The birds are started to chirp again, the snow is melting, and the days are getting longer. But it’s not all good news.
We’re talking about allergies, of course. You might be lucky enough not to have any severe allergies – perhaps none of your children or family members have severe allergies either. But if you’re like millions of other parents, this just isn’t the case. You may have mild, moderate or even severe allergic reactions – and they might be liable to be triggered at this particular time of year. Or if not you, one of your kids.
At a time of year when so much pollen and dust is floating around, what can families do to minimize the effect of seasonal spring allergies?
1. Stay inside when it’s windy
Who wants to be cooped up inside when spring is in full bloom? This is one of the best times of year to play around outside, no matter what your age. Everybody has something to do during springtime, and the activity is contagious. But it’s also true that there can be a lot of dust and pollen in the air, depending on where you live. This is the reason for the notorious spike in allergic reactions during springtime. There may not be any way to avoid this stuff completely and still enjoy the great outdoors – but if you make it a point to stay inside when it’s windy, you might avoid a reaction or two.
2. See an allergist
If you think you or someone in your family might benefit from allergy testing, it’s best to make an appointment with a specialist – called an allergist – to see what options are available to you. Allergy testing is not the most definitive or clear type of medical testing, and often relies on a process of elimination to determine what the patient is actually allergic to.
3. Eat healthy
There may be a lot of different wisdom about health and wellness, but one thing is for certain – if you’re eating a balanced diet rich in healthy vegetables, your body is getting a lot nutrients. Can we say for certain that diet can affect allergies? No – in fact, there are a lot of people out there with severe allergies who have tried different diets to alleviate their condition. Good diet and plenty of exercise are always generally very healthy, however, and those will make the body stronger overall, which is always a good thing.
The bottom line on allergies
Allergies can be tricky. There really isn’t any “bottom line” on allergies. Experience and research go a long way, and many people use a combination of tactics to find what works best for them. For other medical situations that are clearly not life-threatening, head for your local Family First urgent care center to skip the wait and receive quality medical care!