It’s officially Spring, and if you’ve been sniffling and sneezing lately there’s a good reason why. Allergy season is here, and it’s come with a vengeance.
According to the latest pollen samples, tree pollen counts are higher than normal triggering allergies and allergy symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and itchy eyes. If you suffer from allergies, you should proactively start taking allergy medication since it typically takes a couple of weeks to become fully effective. There are also several steps you can take to help reduce your exposure to pollen:
Allergy sufferers can also keep an eye on the Weather Network, which tracks the amount of pollen in the air by city, and gives a three-day pollen outlook. This can help you determine when pollen levels are lower and it is safe to be outdoors.
Distinguishing between allergy and cold symptoms is also important to ensure proper treatment. While there are many similarities between the two, there are some key ways to tell which are cold and which are allergy symptoms.
There are many common treatments for allergies including antihistamines, decongestants, sinus rinses, nasal sprays, or eye drops. But if your symptoms are severe and antihistamines aren't helping, visit your family doctor or health care provider. There may be another diagnosis or other treatments may be needed as some allergies can be overcome through desensitization treatment.
More information on allergies can be found here.
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