Reducing Your Exposure to Environmental Allergens
With warmer weather in the forecast, you’ll likely be spending more time outside this spring. However, if you suffer from spring allergies, it can feel impossible to avoid coming in contact with pollen, grass, and other environmental substances that can heighten your symptoms. Use these tips from our experts at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia to limit your exposure to outdoor allergens:
1. Keep an Eye on the Weather
The worst time to venture outside during allergy season is when it’s windy; allergens can be carried with a gust of wind and heighten your symptoms. The best time to head outdoors is after heavy rain when pollen and other allergens have been washed away.
Try using the ZYRTEC® ALLERGYCAST® app to check the pollen and weather forecast before you head outside.
2. Track High-Pollen Hours
Check the pollen count in your area daily when you know you’ll be outside for an extended period of time. Typically, the pollen count is at its highest during the day — between 10 AM and 5 PM. So, limit your time spent outside between these hours.
3. Wash Your Body and Clothes When You Get Home
It’s just as easy for pollen to bother you indoors as it is outdoors — this is because small environmental allergens can linger on our hands and clothes when we return home. Once inside, be sure to wash your hands, face, and put on a new set of clothes to avoid tracking these allergens throughout your home. Avoid sitting on couches or laying down in bed in the clothes you went outdoors in.
4. Build Up Your Immunity With Allergy Treatments
Though you may try to avoid substances that cause your spring allergies to flare up, if you venture outdoors, you may still come in contact with allergens. You can reduce your allergy symptoms this spring by speaking with one of our highly-qualified board-certified doctors about the possibility of allergy shots or allergy drops. With these treatments, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful weather outdoors with fewer symptoms.
Treating Your Spring Allergy Symptoms
Immunotherapy exposes the patient to small doses of an allergen, in turn building up your immune response and making you less sensitive to it. This can be particularly effective for patients that want to reduce their symptoms to spring environmental allergens.
If you find your symptoms acting up this season, our board-certified specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia recommend the following treatments:
Allergy Shot Treatments
At, Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, our allergy shot treatments are directed by our board-certified, highly experienced allergists. As a result, our allergy shot treatments reduce allergy symptoms by 80-90% for most people.
Allergy shots provide long term relief for Atlanta area patients who suffer from a variety of indoor, seasonal, and insect allergies, as well as common conditions such as asthma, recurrent and chronic sinusitis, and eczema.
Allergy Drop Treatments
Our specialists at Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia recommend allergy drops for patients who are allergic to outdoor allergens like grass, ragweed, and tree pollens. Also known as sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), allergy drops come in either a tablet or liquid form and are taken orally.
Allergy Specialists in Metro Atlanta
Schedule your same-day appointment with Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia today to discuss allergy shot and drop treatment options. If you need immediate help, we offer same-day and next-day appointments for your convenience. Contact us at (770) 459-0620 or visit us online to book your appointment 24/7!