54635.jpegAllergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. and affect more than 100 million Americans each year. Allergy season can be a miserable time for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, also called hay fever or allergic rhinitis. Symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and congestion can make it difficult to go about your daily routine.

At Keystone Rural Health Consortia, we understand the impact allergies can have on your quality of life. That's why we offer comprehensive allergy testing and treatment options at our practices. Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals uses advanced diagnostics to identify your specific allergens and create a tailored treatment plan that works for you. Schedule an appointment with us today to find relief from your seasonal allergies.

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In this article, we will share six ways to find relief this allergy season and improve your overall well-being. Keep reading to learn how you can manage your allergies and enjoy the great outdoors without suffering from symptoms.

1. Know Your Triggers

Each person's allergies may vary in triggers, so it's important to identify what causes your symptoms. Common allergens include:

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

Knowing your specific allergy triggers can help you avoid them and minimize your allergy symptoms. Our team at  Keystone Rural Health Consortia can perform allergy testing to determine your triggers and develop a personalized treatment plan.

2. Avoid Your Triggers

Now you know what allergens trigger your symptoms, it's time to take steps to avoid them.

If pollen is a trigger for you:

  • Try to limit your outdoor activities when pollen counts are high.
  • Keep windows closed and use air conditioning to filter out allergens from entering your home.
  • Change your clothes and shower after spending time outdoors to remove any lingering pollen.

If dust mites are a trigger for you:

  • Use allergen-proof covers for your mattresses and pillows to protect against dust mites.
  • Wash bedding regularly in hot water.
  • Keep clutter to a minimum, as it can collect dust.

If  pet dander is a trigger for you:

  • Keep pets out of your bedroom and off furniture.
  • Bathing and brushing your pets frequently can help reduce the amount of dander they produce.

If mold is a trigger for you:

  • Fix any leaks or moisture issues in your home to prevent mold growth.
  • Use a dehumidifier in damp areas.
  • Regularly clean areas prone to mold, such as bathrooms and basements.

Talk to our team at Keystone Rural Health Consortia for more tips on avoiding your triggers.

3. Try Over-the-Counter Medications

For individuals with mild allergies, over-the-counter (OTC) medications can offer significant relief. Available options include:

However, be sure to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new medication, as they may have side effects or interact with other medications you are taking.

4. Consider Allergy Shots

If over-the-counter medications aren't providing enough relief, allergy shots may be an option. Also known as immunotherapy, these shots contain small amounts of allergens and help your body build up a tolerance over time. Allergy shots can provide long-term relief for those with severe allergic reactions and are often recommended for individuals who cannot avoid their triggers.

Our team at Keystone Rural Health Consortia can discuss this treatment option with you and determine if it's right for your specific allergies.

5. Use Natural Remedies

Some people prefer to use natural remedies instead of or in addition to traditional medications. A few options include:

  • Local honey: Studies suggest that consuming local honey, which contains small amounts of pollen, can help reduce allergy symptoms over time.
  • Butterbur: This plant extract has been shown to decrease nasal inflammation and improve hay fever symptoms.
  • Saline rinses: Nasal irrigation with a saltwater solution can help clear out allergens from the nose and provide relief. 

As with any treatment, it's essential to consult with a healthcare provider before trying natural remedies.

6. Seek Professional Help

If you're struggling with seasonal allergy symptoms despite trying these tips, it may be time to schedule an appointment at Keystone Rural Health Consortia. Our experienced teams can provide you with comprehensive allergy testing and develop a personalized treatment plan to help alleviate your symptoms. If necessary, we can also refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment.

Experience Relief from Allergies with Keystone!

Allergies affect millions worldwide, significantly impacting daily life and overall well-being. However, with the right strategies and treatments, it's possible to manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. From identifying your triggers to seeking professional help, these tips can help you find relief this allergy season.

The experts at Keystone are dedicated to providing personalized, effective allergy treatment and support. Our expertise in identifying triggers, coupled with our range of treatment options, ensures you receive care that truly makes a difference.

If you're tired of battling seasonal allergies year after year, it's time to take control of your symptoms. Schedule an appointment with Keystone today, and let us help you enjoy every season to the fullest. care. 

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