Spring is here upon us, which for many people means the onset of seasonal allergies. In fact, in many places throughout the country, spring allergies kick off in February! For people with seasonal allergies, that can mean the beginning of wees of sneezing, congestion or a runny nose, itchy eyes and throat, and even fatigue.
Everyone’s allergies are a bit different. Some people are more susceptible to outdoor allergies, such as tree or grass pollen, or mold. Others are troubled by indoor allergies, including dust mites. And, yes, of course, many people suffer from both! Your allergies can also change throughout your life. You may outgrow allergies as you get older-or start experiencing them for the first time. Moving to another part of the country? You may encounter new allergens you’ve never been exposed to before. If you are suffering from seasonal allergies for the first time, you should speak with your primary care physician or make an appointment with an allergist. There are a host of over-the-counter allergy medications that can effectively treat and control seasonal allergies for many.
Some Additional Tips To Prepare for the Season:
- Keep an eye on the allergy forecast. Check the weather reports on TV, in the newspaper, or online to see how intense allergens are likely to be.
- Keep windows and doors shut. During allergy season, the less exposure you have to the allergens that set you off, the better.
- Avoid the heat. Pollen and allergen counts are typically highest midday and during the afternoon.
- Clean up. Take a shower, wash your hair and change clothes if you’ve been outside and exposed to allergens.