Your Doctor Recommended Spring Allergy Guide for 2014
Even if you’ve never had allergies before, you could start having them now, reports Dr. Oz who has just put together his latest doctor recommended spring allergy guide for 2014 to help you smile--rather than sniffle--your way through spring.
“Meteorologists have issued a weather warning—this spring could be the worst allergy season yet,” warns Dr. Oz.
According to meteorologists, the word is out that now is the time to prepare for allergies. A long winter with exceptionally heavy snowfall has provided abundant moisture and the right conditions to give plant life this spring an explosion of growth and blooming that will take allergy sufferers by storm--and may even induce a new population of allergy sufferers.
But do we really have to suffer like this as one of the rites of spring? Perhaps not, because where there is hay fever there is hope if you follow Dr. Oz’s recommended advice on how to best prepare and survive this allergy season.
Common Allergy Signs and Symptoms
So how do you know if what you are suffering is an allergy and not a leftover virus from this past cold and flu season? While both are similar in some respects, an allergy can be easily diagnosed if you have:
• A Runny, itchy nose that doesn’t stop after one week
• A scratchy throat without fever or white spotting in the back of your throat
• Dark circles under your eyes
But if you are waiting for these above symptoms to arrive before doing anything about it, Dr. Oz tells viewers that you are making the first mistake by not taking preventive allergy care. To head off that head suffering he advises viewers to:
1. Nip those allergy symptoms in the bud—start taking your preferred over the counter (OTC) allergy medications before allergens arrive to prevent your immune system from cascading into a full-scale allergy attack that will be more difficult to treat later.
2. Stay indoors at specific hours―between the hours of 5 and 9 a.m. be sure to avoid contact when plant allergens are at their highest during the early morning hours by staying indoors. Dr. Oz explains that what makes this time frame special is that as the sun rises in the East, the pollen-trapped dew on plants begins to evaporate as a warming breeze begins to blow. These two events combined result in the highest concentration of pollen in the air. By 10 a.m. it is safer to go outdoors because the pollen will have mostly settled to the ground.
3. Go incognito outdoors―after 10 a.m., emerge from your home like a movie star advises Dr. Oz. Wear a baseball cap and sunglasses that will help decrease your pollen exposure and thereby lessen, if not prevent, your allergies from flaring up.
4. Treat your symptoms with a nasal spray―”When the pollen gets into your nose—or whatever allergen—it stimulates an inflammatory reaction. Those chemicals that are released that cause the reaction―they actually won’t go away by themselves. A nasal allergy spray is really important because it blocks the chemical responses that cause those symptoms,” says Dr. Oz.
Dr. Oz tells viewers that nasal sprays for preventing the symptoms of seasonal allergies are available as OTC drugs. His recommendation is that viewers try one or two sprays per nostril once a day of “Nasacort Multi-Symptom Nasal Allergy Spray”—a product of one of The Dr. Oz Show corporate sponsors.
For an informative article on treating allergies naturally, click-on the titled link, “Get Rid of Your Allergy Headache this Spring with This Supplement Advice.”
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Reference: The Dr. Oz Show