By: Zamaswazi Mdhuli
It is mid-spring and nasal allergies are in season. A lot of people suffer from them and if allergy symptoms are not treated early they could cause permanent damage.
If you have nasal allergies, you may be used to sneezing and congestion that may last the entire day. A runny or stuffy nose is one of the most common symptoms.
“The best way to treat congestion is to treat the allergy that’s causing it,” said Dr Gouden from Umkomaas Medical Center.
To avoid allergy symptoms, you should try avoiding your allergy triggers. A doctor can help you to identify them. Although it can be hard to fully avoid some causes, you may be able to reduce your contact with them.
“If pollen is a trigger, stay inside when pollen counts are high or when there’s a lot of wind. If dogs make you sniffle, wash your hands and change your clothes after playing with them,” said Dr Gouden.
Medicine.Net describes sinuses as small holes behind your forehead, cheeks, and eyes. If mucus builds up in these areas because of allergies, you may feel pressure or pain. You can help reduce sinus blockages by applying a warm cloth to your face or inhaling steam a few times each day. Washing your linen and keeping your bedroom dust free can help reduce sinus pressure.
Sneezing is one of the most common sign of allergies If you’re allergic to pollen, you should try to avoid being outdoors when it’s really windy or wear sunglasses to protect your eyes when outdoors.
Postnasal drip is one of the most irritating things that can happen to a person, especially because you cannot control it.
“Normally, you swallow mucus without even knowing it. But if your mucus becomes thick, or if you have more mucus than normal, it results in postnasal drip. That’s when you can feel mucus dripping from the back of your nose into your throat,” said Dr Gouden.
According to MedicineNet, postnasal drip can also feel like a lump in your throat and can lead to pain or irritation there. To avoid post nasal drip, you should drink a lot of water to thin the mucus.
Nasal allergies can be annoying but if you pay careful attention to them, you will find it easy to handle and treat them.