How We Survive Allergy Season in the South

How We Survive Allergy Season In The South!

Allergies Are A Southern Staple!

I adore living in the South; however, I’m not a fan of the seasonal allergies that we experience for a good chunk of the year. Allergy medications and OTC options have filled our cabinets for years. When my oldest son turned three, his primary physician sent him to an allergist. The experience made us more aware of our surroundings. With the large amount of information available, how do you decide what works, what doesn’t, and what you should try?

Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

During the spring, tree pollen is the primary trigger of symptoms. In the summer, the grasses take their turn and in the fall, ragweed takes center stage. Winter allergies are usually indoor triggers such as dust mites, animal dander, mold, etc.. Symptoms can vary by season as well as from person to person. 

Symptoms include:

  • Occasional Cough
  • Sneezing
  • Sore Throat
  • Stuffy/Runny Nose
  • Congestion
  • Headache/Sinus Pain
  • Itchy/Watery Eyes
  • Wheezing

Allergy Season Tissues

How To Treat Seasonal Allergies

Check out these tips and tricks for how to treat your various seasonal allergies:

  • Know your triggers and avoid them whenever possible
  • Wear a protective mask when exposed to your triggers
  • Use HEPA filters or air purifiers indoors
  • Check pollen counts when traveling to bring extra medication for relief
  • Protect your eyes from pollen with sunglasses
  • Wash your hair and shower daily to remove allergens
  • Use OTC medications 
  • Get allergy tested and discuss prescription options with your physician
  • Discuss “homemade” remedies with your doctor
  • Flush your nasal passages with a nasal cleaning system
  • Keep windows and doors closed during allergy season

But What If I’m Running a Fever?

Allergies don’t usually cause a fever; however, the allergies can make you prone to viruses and bacterial infections (which do present with a fever). The build-up of mucus within your sinuses are a prime breeding ground for bacteria. Knowing what is causing your fever is important to decipher to choose the proper course of treatment. 

What’s the best way to take a temperature?

There are five methods for determining an internal temperature including:  oral, axillary, rectal, temporal and ear. But which one is the most accurate? Each method has its pros and cons so it all really boils down to your personal preference. It is important to know how to properly take a temperature; otherwise, you’ll have an incorrect reading that doesn’t help you or your physician in regards to care. 

We Use the Exergen Smart Glow TemporalScanner™!

After getting my son’s allergies under control by avoiding certain foods, using an air purifier at home, avoiding smoke and animal dander, we experienced years of limited illnesses. The past year has been rough with an assortment of viruses and my kids picked up quite a few of them. 

The Exergen Smart Glow TemporalScanner™ has quickly become one of my favorite tools for fighting allergy season from turning into colds. In fact, I’ve thrown out our other thermometers because I truly believe in this product! It’s easy to use, accurate, and great for use on babies to adults.

Made in the United States, The Exergen Smart Glow TemporalScanner™ is the #1 preferred thermometer by nurses and pediatricians. 70+ clinical studies have proven the accuracy time and time again. You’ll fall in love with the features that make checking temperatures a breeze. The softly illuminated display is easily read in any light – even the dark – so you don’t have to turn on a light and disturb a sleeping infant. The unit beeps while taking a reading but it can be turned off and easily switched between Fahrenheit and Celsius modes. The TemperolScanner™ retains eight readings for an instant recall to check the progression of a fever.  

Exergen Temporal Thermometer

Our Experience

During our last run with a virus that began with allergy symptoms, my 14 year old spiked a fever that hit 103.7°F. The last time he experienced such a high fever was after he’d received the flu shot at six months old. Temperatures in excess of 103°F put a fear in my soul every time they come around. I kept track of his temperatures with the recall feature and was able to provide his physician with a time-table of the progression of the illness. It definitely helped with eliminating the guessing game of what it could be.

Press the button and hold as you gently run across the forehead. Because the arterial temperature is the same temperature as the blood flowing from the heart, you’re going to receive a highly-accurate reading. It takes more than 1,000 readings per second and takes ambient temperatures into account. I’ll never go back to traditional thermometers! 

Where To Buy

The Exergen Smart Glow TemporalScanner™ is sold in major retailers including Wal-Mart, Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Costco, Babies “R” Us, Toys “R” Us, Kroger and BJ’s.

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