The cold season months are fast approaching accompanied by the flowering period that makes this time of the year very unfriendly for people who have asthma and allergic rhinitis.
Extreme cold temperature plus the pollen from the flowering plants are both allergens that trigger allergic rhinitis.
Before you know it you are again pestered by sneezing, coughing, wheezing, running or clogged nose and difficulty of breathing.
The wisest move for you to do each year is to prepare early for the allergy season that starts by mid-August.
Although allergic rhinitis does not have a cure, there are several ways to get ahead of it to better manage its symptoms. It includes:
- Visit your health provider as early as June and July to ask what medications you should have handy and what medications to maintain to decrease the incidence of allergic attacks.
- There are medications that even without the doctor’s prescription can be bought over the counter like: antihistamines, decongestants and expectorants so have them always available in your medicine cabinet.
- Prescription medications like nasal sprays, allergy shots, and corticosteroids should be discussed early with your health provider.
- You should know by now what allergens are causing your allergic rhinitis and the best way to deal with it is to avoid exposure to it.
- Be aware of the side effects of the medications you are taking as some of them may cause you to get drowsy and may not be able to operate machineries or drive your car.
- Never self medicate, your health provider will be the best person to tell you what medications to take and how much of them should you have. Remember there are medications that you cannot take for long periods of time like your steroids.
- Be aware also of the side effects of decongestants like mild tremors, insomnia, palpitations or increased blood pressure, so once taking them be more careful to avoid injury.
- Allergy shots allergen immunotherapy are very helpful to decrease your autoimmune allergic reaction to allergens. The number of shots depend on the severity of your attacks and level of exposure to the allergens.
- Lastly discuss with your health provider any untoward symptoms you feel and any side effects of the medications. Early treatment and prevention is still better for allergic rhinitis rather than cure.
And remember, mild allergic attacks are always easier to manage than a full blown allergic reaction that at times can even be fatal.