As you look ahead to the new year, you’re probably considering ways to make your life even fuller and more enjoyable. If you’re one of the more than 50 million Americans that suffer from allergies each year, you may be hoping that the new year can bring relief from your symptoms.
Let’s take a look at a few resolutions you can make in 2023 to improve your allergy outlook!
Visit an Allergist
If you’ve been trying to manage your allergy symptoms with over-the-counter medications to no avail, one of the first calls you should make in 2023 is to an allergist to schedule an appointment. They can identify your specific triggers via allergy testing and recommend treatment options. This may be in the form of lifestyle modifications, prescription strength medications, epinephrine injectors in the case of severe allergies, or even to see if you’re a good candidate for immunotherapy.
Even if you already have had allergy testing, it’s important to keep regular appointments with your provider to talk about any changes in your symptoms and to make sure your current treatment plan is best meeting your needs.
Reduce Exposure To Your Allergy Triggers
The best treatment for any allergy is to avoid your triggers. While complete avoidance is not always possible, you can take steps to continue to reduce your exposure and minimize symptoms like nasal congestion, runny nose and watery eyes. This may include:
- Keeping the windows of your house and car closed
- Avoid going to places like Roswell Area Park when pollen levels are high
- Using an air purifier and/or dehumidifier in your home
- Regularly vacuuming and washing your bedding
- Removing things like carpet and dust ruffles when possible
- Showering before bed, especially if you’ve spent time outside
Avoid Exposure To Cigarette Smoke
Cigarette smoke can aggravate nasal allergies and worsen asthma. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about smoking cessation programs and treatments that can help you quit. Avoid secondhand smoke as well, and don’t let others smoke in your car or home and try to avoid situations where others are smoking.
Stay Healthy and Active
Ever a popular resolution but eating a healthier diet and getting regular physical exercise is good for your allergies as well! Exercise can improve your immune system and release endorphins, which make you feel better. Additionally, good nutrition is helpful for pretty much any chronic condition. If you have food allergies, make sure to avoid your triggers and make time to learn how to make healthy and safe dishes at home.
For more information on how to improve your allergy symptoms, call the experts at ENT of Georgia North today to make an appointment.