Charlotte, NC has been growing exponentially over the past few years and it’s no surprise to anyone. With the four seasons, beautiful trees and mild temperatures, it is clear to see why it is so desirable. Transplants are drawn in by these beautiful trees but don’t expect to be hit with allergies because of them. New arrivals wonder when the Charlotte allergy season will end, but does it ever?
One of our providers, Dr. Tom Humphries, suggests that newcomers manage their symptoms. He said that part of the problem for people relocating from the North is that the Charlotte allergy seasons starts earlier and lasts longer.
Dr. Humphries has some suggestions of how you can alleviate allergy symptoms in the long Charlotte allergy season. He said if you normally jog before work, consider not going outside to jog or doing it in the evening because most trees pollinate more in the early morning.
He also suggests over-the-counter antihistamines and nasal saltwater rinses, which help clear pollen out of the nose. For allergy control beyond the outdoors, Humphries suggests looking inside your house.
“Your body’s like a glass of water,” he said. “As you fill it up with different things you're allergic to, the glass spills over and you begin having symptoms.”
So if you have a dog, be consistent about cleaning up its hair and make sure to keep the dust in your home under control. If symptoms persist or sinus infections become an issue, feel free to make an appointment with us.
Since winter is here and Charlotte winter allergies can be just as bad as spring and summer, here are some tips so you can prevent symptoms as much as possible:
• Winter allergy sufferers have the potential to suffer from dehydration, since people have to blow their noses so often. So be sure to drink lots of water and eat water-rich fruits and vegetables. Hot drinks are very helpful in reducing nasal congestion.
• If you have pets, wash your bedding and/or your child’s bedding frequently because they leave behind pet dander and dust mites. Wash bedding of allergy sufferers at least once per week and be sure to use hot water.
• Stay indoors when large gusts of wind send moist leaves in your front or backyard twirling around.
• Bathe often. This will wash allergy triggers from your face and hands. A nightly bath or shower goes a long way in keeping allergy symptoms under control.
• Consider adding a moisturizer to your heating system. Putting more moisture into your home during dry winter spells helps with allergies, just make sure you don’t overdo it!
Don’t let your allergies keep you from enjoying the holiday cheer! We hope these tips will help you so that you can embrace the gorgeous Charlotte outdoors this winter.