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Our Top Tips to Help You Nip Those Springtime Allergies in the Bud

It’s hard to resist the allure of spring, especially after a long winter. However, people with allergies often anticipate the season with trepidation. That’s because this time of year can be ruthless for people with seasonal allergies. But you don’t have to be miserable.

Dr. Vandana Kumra knows springtime allergies can send people into hiding — but she doesn’t want them to. As a top ENT in New York City, Dr. Kumra develops personalized management strategies to keep allergy symptoms at bay, even during springtime.

Do you have allergies? Here’s how Dr. Kumra recommends nipping them in the bud spring so you can enjoy the season.

1. Work with an expert

The most obvious step you can take in getting your allergies under control involves working with an expert.

Dr. Kumra knows it’s tempting to reach for those over-the-counter allergy medications for general seasonal relief — and they can offer some relief. However, an allergy consultation can help get to the bottom of your precise symptom triggers.

The leading causes of spring allergies include tree pollens, grass pollens, and mold spores.

Once you understand what’s behind your springtime allergies, you can take extra steps to manage them. Beyond that, Dr. Kumra can recommend a more effective strategy with medications to keep your symptoms under control.

2. Follow your medication protocol — and start early

Allergy medications typically fall into three main categories: nasal sprays, decongestants, and antihistamines.

Dr. Kumra can offer personalized guidance on the best strategy to manage your symptoms. However, she could also suggest starting them a week or two before allergy season begins.

Depending on your allergy triggers, having medication in your system when the season gets underway can help your body manage them better. This can ease symptoms and even keep them from getting worse.

3. Take precautions at home

It’s tempting to throw open all the windows when temperatures rise, but that also introduces allergens into your home.

Instead, keep your windows closed and consider these additional precautions to reduce exposure indoors:

It’s also helpful to shower when you come home and avoid re-wearing clothing. 

And remember, you’re not the only one who can bring allergens into your house — your pets can, too. Take a few minutes to clean them up after time outside with animal-safe wipes.  And keep them out of your bed (or bedroom) as much as possible.

4. Be pollen aware

If you’ve ever noticed times when your seasonal allergies seem worse than others, it’s likely due to the pollen count. Fortunately, numerous trackers exist to let you know which levels are high and when so you can limit your exposure.

Steps you can take when pollen counts get high include:

Dr. Kumra could also suggest rinsing your sinuses with saline solution to flush mucus and allergens from your system.

5. Consider allergy shots

Finally, if you need next-level help to nip your seasonal allergies in the bud, Dr. Kumra could recommend allergy shots.

This highly effective treatment involves introducing small amounts of your allergy triggers directly into your system. The goal is stimulating your immune system without causing a full-blown allergic reaction.

Over time, Dr. Kumra increases the dose of allergens, causing your immune system to build up an intolerance.

This approach can significantly reduce your need for long-term medication — and it’s especially useful when you can’t avoid your triggers.

Are you ready to take control of your springtime allergies? Contact ENT New York today to schedule an allergy consultation with Vandana Kumra, MD.

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