It looks like Fall is finally coming to West Michigan and we want to make sure you are ready for those seasonal allergies to hit.
First, you want to make sure to begin taking your usual allergy medication 2 weeks prior to your symptoms normally appearing. You also want to take it until about 2 weeks after the pollen counts have been down.
Second, you want to make sure to try to minimize mold as much as possible. The best way to do this is to minimize moisture. Use fans in the bathroom when showering, scrub visible mold from surfaces and keep them clean and dry, and keep the humidity in your house below 60 percent.
Third, you want to try to avoid bringing ragweed and other pollens into your home. Remove your shoes before walking through your house, take a shower and wash your clothes after working, playing, or exercising outside, consider wearinggloves and/or a mask while doing yard work, keep your home and car windows closed, and use your air conditioner, especially when the pollen counts are high.
Lastly, seek the help of a professional. An allergist can help identify your allergy symptoms and create a treatment plan specifically designed for you, including allergy medication and possibly allergy shots or sublingual drops. Come to Michigan ENT & Allergy today to be allergy tested and find out how you can ease your allergy symptoms and fully enjoy this wonderful time of year.