Spring has sprung early here in Savannah and tree pollen is everywhere! Pollen ratings in Savannah over the last week are "very high." In order to minimize your suffering to due springtime allergies, here are a few tips:
1. Avoid exposure by wearing a hat and sunglasses when outside. Even if the weather is nice, try to keep the windows of your home or automobile closed. Try to avoid being outside between 5 AM and 10 AM, when pollen levels are highest. Upon returning home, try to de-pollinate yourself by changing clothes prior to entering your bedroom and rinsing off before bed.
2. Set the air conditioner in your home or automobile to recirculate air, instead of pulling in new, pollinated air from outside.
3. Consider rinsing your nose and sinuses with buffered saline once or twice daily, especially after working outside. Nasal irrigations will help to eliminate allergens and mucus from your nasal passages and reduce inflammation, lessening your nasal congestion.
If traditional or conservative measures are not helpful, discuss your symptoms with your primary care physician or call our office to set up an appointment for further evaluation.