Ahh-choo! Preparing for Spring?
For some, the dreaded season is rapidly approaching as winter has come and gone. The changing of seasons and warmer weather is synonymous with allergies.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, approximately 50 million Americans suffer from all types of allergies. That’s 1 in 5 Americans! Are you one of them?
The most concerning is outdoor allergies also known as seasonal allergies. This is due to the inescapable increase of pollen counts, as this is often the trigger of hay fever (allergic reaction) for some 35 million Americans.
As spring approaches, the media often makes mention of pollen counts,
Symptoms of seasonal allergies:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Postnasal drip
- Itchy nose and throat
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Swollen, watery, and itchy eyes
These symptoms can make spring a dark and gloomy season. What can we do to prepare?
Unfortunately there is no cure to allergies but we can reduce symptoms by doing the following:
- Follow the pollen counts mentioned on the news media and limit outdoor activities during days with high pollen count
- Get information on pollen counts from: http://www.aaaai.org/global/nab-pollen-counts.aspx
- Use a central air conditioning
- Vacation to areas with lower concentration of pollen
Medications are available over the counter to help reduce symptoms of allergies when avoiding pollen is not an option. Once daily non-drowsy medications are available at your local pharmacy. Allergy shouldn’t hold you back from doing the outdoor activities you love. Talk to your physician or local pharmacist to help choose the option that is best for you.