Screen_Shot_2024-05-06_at_9.jpegOver 100 million people in the U.S. experience various types of allergies each year. These seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, can cause a range of symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, and other discomforts. For many people, allergy season can be a challenging time of the year that affects their daily life and productivity.

Genesis Medical Associates, an independent practice of primary care physicians that operates out of multiple locations north of the Pittsburgh area, understands how troublesome allergies can be. That's why our team of experienced healthcare professionals is dedicated to helping patients find relief during allergy season and all year round.

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If you are one of the million individuals who suffer from allergies, here are six ways to find relief this allergy season:

1. Identify Your Allergy Triggers

Start by identifying what allergens trigger your symptoms. Knowing your triggers can help you take preventive measures to avoid them. Some common allergy triggers include:

  • Pollen from grass, trees, and weeds
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander
  • Mold spores

Visit your primary care physician at Genesis Medical to discuss your specific allergy triggers and find the most effective treatment plan for you.

2. Avoid Exposure to Allergens

Once you know your triggers, take steps to avoid exposure as much as possible. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Before heading out, check the daily pollen count. When pollen counts are elevated, try to stay indoors.
  • Keep windows and doors closed during peak pollen times (from late morning to midday) to minimize pollen exposure.
  • Use an air purifier with a HEPA filter to remove allergens from the air.
  • Regularly clean and dust your home, especially areas where allergens can accumulate, such as carpets, curtains, and bedding.
  • Wash your hands after petting animals or being outdoors.
  • Wear a mask while doing yard work or gardening.
  • Remove shoes before entering your home to prevent tracking in pollen.

3. Use Over-the-Counter Medications

If your allergies are mild, over-the-counter (OTC) medications can provide relief. These include: 

Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting any new medication for your seasonal allergy symptoms, especially if you have underlying health conditions or are taking other medications.

4. Try Natural Remedies

Some natural remedies can also provide relief from allergy symptoms. These include:

  • Nasal irrigation using saline solution to flush out allergens and mucus from your nasal passages.
  • Consuming local honey like  Pittsburgh Honey and  Huckle Bee Farms to potentially build immunity against pollen allergies.
  • Using essential oils, such as peppermint or eucalyptus, which contain natural antihistamines and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Taking supplements such as quercetin and butterbur, which have been shown to improve allergy symptoms. 
  • Eating vitamin C-rich foods such as oranges or kiwi to help alleviate allergy-induced inflammation.

5. Stay Hydrated & Eat Well

Maintaining proper hydration and a healthy diet can significantly impact your body's ability to combat allergy symptoms. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps to thin the mucus in your nasal passages, making it easier for your body to clear them. Additionally, eating a balanced diet rich in antioxidants can support your immune system’s response to allergens.

Our team recommends:

  • Drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water daily.
  • Incorporating fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants and vitamins, such as berries, citrus fruits, leafy greens, and nuts into your daily meals.
  • Including foods with omega-3 fatty acids like salmon or flaxseed, which are known for their anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Avoiding processed foods and those high in sugar as they can exacerbate inflammation and worsen allergy symptoms.
  • Adding probiotic-rich foods like yogurt or kefir to your diet to support gut health, which is linked to immune function.

6. Consult Your PCP

As your main point of contact for all your health needs, your PCP at Genesis Medical is always available to address any concerns or questions you may have about managing your allergies. Our team of experts can provide personalized recommendations and guidance on incorporating natural remedies into your care plan, as well as discuss the possibility of allergy shots. If necessary, they can also refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment.

By working closely with your PCP, you can find relief from allergy symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.

Find Relief From Your Allergies at Genesis!

Allergies can be a nuisance, but you don't have to suffer through them. By identifying your triggers and taking preventive measures, using medications or natural remedies, and seeking professional treatment if needed, you can find relief from seasonal allergies and enjoy your daily life to the fullest.

While these tips can help reduce your allergy symptoms, it's always essential to consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice and treatment. At Genesis Medical, we are dedicated to helping our patients find long-term relief from allergies through customized care and treatments.

Let us help you breathe easier and enjoy the great outdoors without worrying about allergies. Book an appointment with us today or utilize our  walk-in services at  Genesis Medical for relief and guidance.

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