Spring has Sprung

Most people can hardly wait for the arrival of spring – saying goodbye to the cold season and being cooped up indoors all winter.  But along with warmer weather comes pollen and molds that cause those watery eyes, sneezing and nasal congestion associated with seasonal allergies.

In the northeast the earliest trigger is tree pollen starting as early as February or March. As temperatures rise, grass pollen is not far behind starting in May and June followed by ragweed in August.

Tips for Surviving Spring Allergy Season:

  1.  Be prepared:

    1. Know your enemy – allergy testing can help you know what your allergies are.

    2. Visit your doctor prior to the start of your allergy season.  Check your medications to be sure they are not out of date.

    3. Monitor pollen counts. 

  2.  Strategy:

    1.  Remember to keep windows closed in your car and home.  That fresh air aroma is pollen.

    2. Use air conditioning whenever possible.  This will cool the air as well as filter and decrease humidity.

    3. Time outdoor fun.  Pollen counts are highest from late morning between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.  If you are outdoors for long periods of time remember to remove and launder clothing as well as shower to remove pollen from your hair.  Remember, don’t hang your clothing out to dry – the fabric will trap the pollen that’s travelling through the air.

    4. Take medications such as antihistamines prior to exposure.

    5. Use saline eye drops and nasal rinse to wash pollen from eyes and nose.

    6. If you are following these guidelines and medications aren’t helping talk with your allergist – perhaps allergy immunotherapy might be helpful for you.

Hopefully these tips will help you control spring time allergy symptoms so you can enjoy the great outdoors!

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