While most people cherish the arrival of spring, those with nasal sensitivities regard the season with a mixture of anticipation and dread as these people always run to their ent physician for a complaint of nasal congestion, common colds and other ENT health related discomforts. Spring signals the end to many months of dull weather, and brings with it a much needed burst of invigorating warmth. At the same time, it also heralds the arrival of the pollen, dander, and dust which combine to create the perfect storm for allergy sufferers. As brilliant as the weather may be, it’s difficult to enjoy it when your nose feels like a leaky faucet.
Luckily, it is possible to control the severity of allergy inflammation caused symptoms. With the right mix of mindfulness and appropriate dress, it is possible to enjoy spring without being bogged down by nose sensitivity. For those with allergy related nasal problems, here are some of the prime suspects that should be avoided.
While blooming fields of wildflowers may seem like the complete epitome of spring beauty and grace, they can quickly cause chaos within the nose. Wild flowers have a lot more pollen then most domesticated varieties, making it more likely that pollen particles will enter your nostrils. Seemingly benign meadows can often house some of the worst plants for causing allergic reactions, like mustard and ragweed.
Springtime marks a major change in temperatures, which means pets with thick coats are going to be shedding their winter fluff. This can lead to an excess of dander in homes, which is an extremely common cause of nasal inflammation. If you own a pet, helping them to shed by combing out their under layer can help control the shedding process, reducing the likelihood that dander will get spread all over your home. Pets with even thicker coats can be taken to the pet salon, where their fur can be safely dispatched without harming your nose.
It can be tempting to tackle dusty corners when spring cleaning rolls around, but doing so unarmed can cause a major allergy flair up. If you cannot be dissuaded from dueling with dust, make sure to wear a respirator. This inexpensive device will help filter the air that enters your nose, which means allergy inciting pathogens have a much worse chance of making it in. Those who are even more sensitive to dust can employ the use of a gas mask, which will entirely remove dust from the air you breath in.