Spring is a season of rejuvenation and renewal, with warmer weather, longer days, and the blossoming return of flowers and trees. As nature blooms around us, its release of pollen to fertilize other plants causes the dreaded “allergy season.” For allergy sufferers, spring is no walk in the park, so we’re sharing some helpful tips to help alleviate symptoms to help everyone sneeze less and enjoy more this season.
What are the signs of allergies in spring?
Common symptoms of spring allergies include sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose, itchy eyes, congestion, and throat irritation. These symptoms can be especially troublesome for people with other respiratory illnesses, as allergies can exacerbate preexisting conditions.
Some seasonal allergy symptoms also overlap with those of COVID-19 or the common cold, so it is important to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment for spring allergies.
To enjoy the fresh air while keeping spring allergies under control, here are a few tips from some seasonal allergy treatment experts – our providers
- Identify your triggers: The first step in treating seasonal allergies is identifying what triggers your symptoms. Common triggers include pollen, mold, dust mites, and animal dander. Once you know what triggers your allergies, you can take steps to avoid or minimize exposure to them.
- Limit exposure to outdoor triggers: Stay indoors on windy days or when pollen counts are high. Keep windows and doors closed. If available, run air conditioning to filter pollen out of the air and use a HEPA filter.
- Try natural remedies: Some people find allergy relief from symptoms by using natural remedies such as saline nasal rinses or herbal supplements. A spoonful of local honey or bee pollen every morning has also been shown to be effective at alleviating symptoms.
- Use over-the-counter allergy medications: Antihistamines, decongestants, and corticosteroids are proven to provide relief from allergy symptoms. Which course of care is right for you depends on your allergy symptoms and your medical history. Our urgent care providers are experienced and equipped to help patients determine a custom treatment regimen specific to their symptoms.
What months are spring allergies?
The timing of spring allergies varies by region and weather patterns, but in general, spring allergies can start as early as February or March and can last through June. Tree pollen is most abundant in April and May, with grass pollen typically peaking in late spring and early summer.
Seasonal allergies are more common in the spring and fall when pollen and mold spores are most abundant in the air. However, some people may experience symptoms year-round due to exposure to indoor allergens like dust mites and pet dander.
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