March 18, 2019 |  written by IVX Health

5 Ways to Beat Spring Allergies

The first day of spring has finally arrived! After a long and cold winter, everyone has sunshine and warmer temps on their minds. The start of the spring season also brings fresh blooms and plenty of pollen that’s guaranteed to give the majority of us a case of the sneezes.

Start Taking Medication for Allergies Now

Allergy medication often works best when it’s taken before your allergies start to flare up. Several over-the-counter options such as pills or nasal sprays provide relief quickly when taken consistently. Check with your healthcare provider if you’re unsure which medication type could be best for you.

Severe Asthma

If you suffer from severe asthma, don’t wait to schedule your next Nucala, Xolair or Fasenra injection at one of our many convenient locations until the pollen count is completely out of hand. If pollen is one of your triggers, take precautions during the spring season. Limit your time outside on days with high pollen counts and severe weather, shower after exposure to pollen and do not drive with your car windows down.

Try a Neti Pot

If you haven’t yet tried a neti pot, there’s no time like the present. This device, available at most drugstores, helps flush irritants and allergens out your sinuses — which could be helpful to use once your allergies are already in full attack mode. It’s recommended to use distilled water or a saline solution for best results.

Give Herbal Remedies a Shot

Assuming you don’t have any contraindications, natural remedies like quercetin and nettle leaf might help reduce allergy symptoms.  Nettle leaf reduces the body’s ability to produce histamine, and quercetin helps reduce inflammation.  Start taking these pre-emptively along with your allergy medication if you get the go-ahead from your healthcare provider.

Invest in Your Gut Health with Probiotics

Probiotics play an important role in supporting your overall health. Whether you get probiotics from yogurt, kombucha or via a supplement, there’s basically no downside to probiotics. Your gut is where your immune system gets its strength, so making sure it’s as healthy as can be will help your allergies in turn.

Treatment at IVX Health

If biologics like Remicade, Actemra or Orencia  are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider choosing IVX Health for your ongoing care needs. IVX Health makes it possible to receive your therapy in a comfortable, convenient, and private environment.

With a private suite for every patient, you can watch your favorite Netflix show or movie on the big screen TV in each room, use a laptop or other mobile device to surf the web, or simply hang out with family and friends. We always have chairs for guests, and each center has a family room that is spacious and private if you need to bring your kids to your treatment. We also offer flexible appointment scheduling – including evenings and Saturdays – at any of our convenient locations.

At IVX Health, we truly are invested in helping you live your best life. If you’re ready to experience a new kind of infusion clinic, click here to learn how to move your infusion or injection therapy to IVX Health.