Staying Healthy During Allergy Season
La Casa Health Clinic in Curry Hall, ENMU. The Chase Photo: Matthew Dale
Allergy season is here again, and during this time of year it can be tough to avoid getting sick or get better after being sick. Everyone is busy getting back to school, work and keeping up with homework, and if you are like me, then you probably do not have a lot of time to be sick and miss any classes. Many people also think that this time of year, we have no other option but to suffer through sicknesses and allergies every year. However, there are many ways to avoid getting sick.
There are a number of different things that anyone can do to try and make allergy season easier to manage. The first is to stay out of the wind since pollens and dust are in the air, and it is hard to keep them from getting in your lungs. Second, wear a mask. This is a way to keep dust and pollens from getting in your nose and throat if you must be out in the wind. Third, rinse your sinuses. Buying a rinse kit and cleaning your nose will help get all of the dust out, which will help you avoid getting a cold. Finally, inhale steam from water. This can help clear out a stuffy throat. According to WebMD, it can also help to drink plenty of fluids—especially warm ones like tea or soup. Eat extra fruits and vegetables because they are good for your whole body.
Colds, flus and sore throats are also common this time of year, but there are also some ways that you can avoid these illnesses. Washing your hands with warm water and plenty of soap is the best way to get the germs off of you, but if you are not able to do this, hand sanitizer can also help. According to Health.com, germs most easily infiltrate the body through the nose, eyes and mouth, so avoid touching your face unless you have just washed your hands. Also, working out can actually be a good way to fight germs because it stimulates your immune system. Avoid spending too much time around sick people, and do not share your food or drinks with anyone. Eating right and getting plenty of sleep helps the entire body, so be sure to get plenty of rest before you even start feeling sick.
However, if you still get sick or have issues with your allergies, it is important to see someone as soon as you start feeling bad to catch it early. La Casa Health Clinic in Curry Hall is available by appointment or walk-in to help you ease your symptoms.