Springtime is here! And that means warmer weather, blooming flowers, and… seasonal allergies. Although allergies can’t be prevented entirely, preparation is crucial in preventing symptoms from ruining your travel assignment this spring. Here are five tips to help you survive allergy season as a traveling healthcare professional:
#1 Know your allergens.
Allergies and their symptoms vary from person to person, so identifying your allergens can help you enjoy spring anywhere. Seasonal allergies typically occur in the spring, summer, or fall and have several triggers. Common allergens include:
- Trees (Birch, Oak, Cedar, Walnut, & Hickory)
- Grasses (Timothy, Bermuda, & Kentucky Blue)
- Weeds (Ragweed, Sagebrush, & Pigweed)
- Dust mites
- Mold spores
- Pet dander
Allergies affect everyone differently, but here are the most common symptoms:
- Itchy eyes
- Runny nose
- Scratchy throat
- Breathing problems/wheezing
- Asthma attacks
#2 Know the pollen count in your assignment area.
Depending on your allergens, pollen count can affect the severity of your symptoms. Because pollen is the most common trigger of seasonal allergies, it is essential to understand the pollen levels where you’re traveling to. Research the local news stations in your assignment area before you arrive to prepare and pack your allergy essentials adequately.
#3 Prepare before you go.
If you know your allergies will flare up, you should start taking over-the-counter (OTC) medications a few days before you leave for your travel assignment. OTC decongestants and antihistamines can help reduce allergy symptoms, and saline nasal spray can aid in keeping nasal membranes moist in dry conditions. In addition to getting a head start on your allergy medications, you should ensure they are easily accessible while driving or flying to your assignment.
#4 Limit outdoor activity.
Avoiding pollen altogether is unlikely, but steering clear of the outdoors during peak pollen hours (5:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.) can reduce allergy symptoms. If you can’t avoid being outside, wearing hats or other head coverings and glasses/sunglasses can help keep pollen out of your hair and eyes. Be sure to shower and rinse away pollen that attached itself to your clothes, body, and hair throughout the day.
#5 Focus on your well-being.
Allergy symptoms can be severe, so focus on your well-being and take a break if you’re not feeling well. If your allergy symptoms don’t improve, you should visit your medical provider to help you get back to feeling your best.
Allergy season doesn’t have to prevent you from picking up a springtime travel assignment; these tips can help you make the most of it! Being proactive with your allergies and their symptoms can make a big difference. Find your spring travel assignment with RTG Medical! Our recruiters are ready to help you find the perfect position in the perfect place. We offer a variety of locations, compensation, benefits, and 24-hour service. Check out the job opportunities at RTG Medical or contact us today to start your next adventure!