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Surviving Spring Allergy Season: Tips for Managing Symptoms


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According to the Associated Press, our mild winter has resulted in an earlier than usual start to the spring allergy season, catching many sufferers off guard. If you're one of the millions affected by spring allergies, Here's some advice to help you manage your symptoms and enjoy the season to the fullest.


“If you're experiencing allergy symptoms for the first time this year, or earlier than usual, come see us at IEP Urgent Care” said Dr. Rami Khoury, Emergency Medicine physician and one of our physician owners of IEP Urgent Care. “Our providers can help you figure out what allergens are affecting you and help you establish a treatment plan."


In the meantime, consider these tips to keep your symptoms at bay:


1. Stay Informed: Keep track of pollen counts in your area. Many weather websites and apps provide daily pollen forecasts, allowing you to plan your outdoor activities accordingly. On high pollen days, consider staying indoors as much as possible.


2. Keep Windows Closed: While it may be tempting to let in the fresh spring air, keeping windows closed can help prevent pollen from entering your home and worsening your allergy symptoms. If you need to run the furnace or air conditioning, see the next tip!


3. Invest in High-Efficiency Air Filters: Consider using high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in your home's furnace or air conditioner. These filters can help trap pollen, dust, and other allergens, providing relief for allergy sufferers.


5. Consider Medication: Over-the-counter antihistamines, nasal sprays, and eye drops can provide relief from allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and congestion. If your symptoms are severe or persistent, visit us at one of the seven IEP Urgent Care locations in Metro Detroit for personalized treatment options.


6. Wear Gloves and a Mask for Yard Work: When doing outdoor chores such as gardening or mowing the lawn, wear a mask to prevent inhalation of pollen and other allergens, and consider wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from airborne irritants.


7. Limit Outdoor Activities: If possible, try to limit your time spent outdoors during peak pollen hours, typically in the early morning and late afternoon. Instead, opt for indoor activities or plan outdoor activities for days with lower pollen counts.



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