Tips to kick your seasonal allergies

by Nurse Rose Melendez | WGTS 91.9 FM

With warm weather and blooming flowers also comes allergy season. Have you had itchy eyes, stuffy nose or sore throat that you just can’t kick? This is probably caused by seasonal allergies. Nurse Rose Melendez, RN, offers her advice to help you keep allergies at bay.

What causes seasonal allergies?

Nurse Rose: Seasonal allergies affect people most during the spring and summer, when flowers and trees start to bloom and produce pollen. The stuffy nose and itchy eyes are caused by the body’s allergic reaction to pollen.

What are the signs of seasonal allergies?

Common symptoms associated with seasonal allergies are:

  • Congestion
  • Sneezing
  • Fatigue
  • Runny nose
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Cough

What can seasonal allergy sufferers do to keep symptoms at bay?

Nurse Rose: Try these tips to keep your seasonal allergies under control.

  • Take over-the-counter allergy medication, like an antihistamine
  • Avoid using a fan
  • Keep windows closed when possible
  • Wash your hair and body with warm water when you get home to remove excess pollen

When is it time to see a doctor?

Nurse Rose: It’s never a bad idea to consult your primary care doctor.

You should definitely see a doctor if you experience:

  • Symptoms that do not resolve in a few days with over the counter medication
  • Headache, facial pain or pressure
  • Discolored mucus
  • Fever
Rose Melendez, RN

Rose Melendez, RN

Head of Emergency Department

Rose Melendez, RN is the head of the Emergency Department and Nursing Administration at Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center. Tune into WGTS 91.9 FM every Wednesday at 7:40 a.m. to listen to Nurse Rose live on the radio.

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