How to Survive Allergy Season
Spring is almost here. That means pollen, grass and mold allergies. Respiratory allergies such as allergic rhinitis affect 1 in 5 Canadians. 80% of people with asthma also suffer from allergies such as rhinitis and sinusitis. Allergies can affect your quality of life at work, school and play. It’s best to start preparing for allergy symptoms before they occur.
How do allergies occur?
When you are exposed to an allergen, your body produces an antibody called IgE that binds to the allergen and attach to a type of blood cell called a mast cell. This causes the mast cell to release chemicals into the blood, including histamines. Histamines attach to cells in your body and cause them to swell and leak fluid. This is the itching, sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes that you get. To relieve those symptoms, you can take an antihistamine. Antihistamines block the actions of histamines on your body.
Day-to-day Tips for Allergy Season
- Monitor weather and pollen reports
- Exercise indoors
- Shower when coming in from outdoors
- Don't hang clothes outdoors to dry
- Wash clothes and bedding regularly
- Close windows and doors, use air conditioning, if possible – including your car
- Take antihistamines regularly
What medication can I take?
Over-the-counter (non-prescription) and prescription medications are available to assist you in managing your allergy symptoms. You can consult with a Dispensaries Ltd. pharmacist and/or your doctor when choosing the right medication. We are more than happy to help!