Allergies and City Living

City Living and How it Affects Allergies

Lots of people enjoy living the city life. However, if you live in a big city, you may be more prone to allergies. This is because toxins can cause asthma, and pollution can result in dry eyes and allergies. Plus, there’s always the dreaded spring allergy season, which can cause sneezing and itchy eyes in any city.

In New York City, allergies can be especially bad since allergy season takes place in both the spring and summer months. Since the winter was so mild and wet, this causes more blooming and extends the allergy season until June.

Unfortunately, allergy season doesn’t seem to be on the path to improvement in New York. According to a study conducted in 2012, by the time it is 2040, “pollen counts will be double what they were in 2002.”

There’s Always a Remedy

Luckily, there are many solutions to seasonal allergies. There are medical professionals that you can see in New York, like our leading expert Dr. Mayan Shukla, before your allergies take over.

There are new advancements in allergy treatments that have been effective for allergy sufferers. One method is called sublingual immunotherapy. This form of treatment is like an allergy shot, but less painful. Sublingual immunotherapy gives patients small doses of allergens in tablet form, and they merely have to keep it under their tongue for a minute or two. However, it should be noted that the tablets that are FDA approved specifically target allergies caused by ragweed and grass pollen.

Dress It Down

You may not associate clothing with allergies, but they have a major impact. Pollen attaches itself to clothes and can make your symptoms much worse. It may be helpful to assign an allergy basket where you can put all your clothes that have been exposed to outside allergens. It’s also a good idea to wash these clothes right away so the allergens aren’t floating around your house or apartment.

Taking a shower before getting into bed can also prevent allergies from getting worse. Even if you just want to take a quick nap, rolling around with clothes full of pollen will only make you sicker.

Keep it Clean

If you want to avoid uncomfortable, itchy eyes, make sure to keep your face as clean as possible. You can use baby wipes to thoroughly clear your eye area of any pollen. Your nose can also get stuffed up and dry from allergies. There are many saline sprays you can buy at your local pharmacy that should help resolve nasal symptoms. The Neti pot is also a staple solution for anyone battling colds or allergies. It completely washes out your sinuses and can leave people feeling refreshed.

Go Alternative

An outside-the-box method that can help relieve allergies is acupuncture. This treatment uses tiny needles just under the skin at certain pressure points in the body. It can also help relieve pain and many other ailments. Now it has been discovered that acupuncture might be able to reduce allergy symptoms such as sneezing and itchy eyes.

Consult with Dr. Shukla

Dr. Shukla knows all about treating allergies. He sees over 5,000 asthma patients each year around New York, and has treated thousands of adults who struggle with allergies, asthma and sleep disorders. He works with everyone, from children to adults, and is up-to-date on the latest advancements and technology to give you the most world-class care possible.

If you live in the New York area, Dr. Shukla has offices all around and makes it convenient for your allergy needs. He currently has offices in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, and Manhattan.

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