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How to Beat Those Spring Allergies

I become wistfully content when I think of spring – admiring the colorful, blooming flowers, massive Easter-egg hunting festivities and overdosing on sweet strawberries. But then, like the scraping of nails on a chalkboard, this image floods my brain:

The sneezing + The watering, itchy eyes + The runny nose = SPRING ALLERGIES

So, with spring just weeks away, I can’t help but dread my spring allergy symptoms. But what can I do to help enjoy this amazing season without locking myself in a closet?

Photo taken by Lissarie Photography

Photo taken by Lissarie Photography

According to Dr. Rose Jahroumi, South Coast Medical Group in Aliso Viejo, those of us who battle allergies are predisposed to developing repeated sinus infections.

“Inflammation in the nasal passages, whether caused by an irritant, allergy or infection (such as the common cold), blockage of the drainage sites of the sinuses can lead to the development of a sinus infection. Therefore, seasonal allergies cause inflammation and blockage of the nasal passages, which in turn can lead to sinus infections indirectly,” explains Jahroumi.

She offers her “top patient tips” for preventing and fighting off those pesky allergies:

1) Saline Irrigation: Nasal saline irrigation or Neti pots involve rinsing your nasal cavity with a saline solution. This flushes out allergens (like pollen) and loosens up mucous. For those that find the Neti Pot messy, try a
pre-packaged nasal saline spray as an alternative.

2) Close Windows: Keep windows closed when pollen season is at its peak and change your clothing after being outdoors.

3) Dry & Tidy: Frequently clean your home and/or work area to rid those allergy causing dust mites and keep bathrooms and other mold-prone areas dry.

In addition to preventive measures, Jahroumi recommends the use of seasonal allergy medications to counter the effects of histamine, the substance that makes eyes water and noses itch and causes sneezing during allergic reactions. For someone who has more serious symptoms, she recommends seeing a doctor.

Now that we’ve cleared the air in how to help beat allergies, I feel my anxiety level dropping. And, with my new strategic “allergy plan” in place – I am ready to embrace this coming spring – full of all its magnificent idyllic beauty.

Kristal Zacharias is the mother of two beautiful, vivacious girls, and wife of a hunky husband who works in the action sports industry. For the past 15 years, Kristal has worked for several Fortune 500 companies as a professional communicator. Follow her journey at Clearly Kristal or on Facebook and Twitter.
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One Comment

  1. Thanks Kristal for inviting me to share my medical expertise in your blog. As a mom and a physician, I very much enjoyed reading hour article. I will be happy to share my medical knowledge in your future articles. You may contact me directly. I have included my email below.
    Very nicely done! Very well written!
    Dr. Rose Jahroumi
    Family Practice
    [email protected]

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