While many are looking forward to the end of what has felt like an endless winter, for hay fever sufferers, spring can be a dreaded time. 1
This year, milder winter temperatures have caused plants in some areas to bloom earlier than usual, while rainy weather has led to quick plant growth and mold. The result? Spring misery has arrived early. 2
So what can an allergy sufferer do besides stock up on antihistamines and tissues?
Don’t let allergies take all the spring out of your step
Arming yourself with information is the best way to minimize the impact of seasonal allergies. Identifying what causes your allergic reactions can help you avoid the worst of them.
The causes of seasonal allergies are as varied as the people who suffer from them. Have you noticed a pattern in your symptoms? One of these suspects may be to blame:
- Heat and high humidity promote the growth of molds.
- Cool nights and warm days allow tree, grass and ragweed pollens to thrive.
- In spring and summer, tree and grass pollen levels tend to peak in the evening.
- In late summer and early fall, ragweed pollen levels tend to peak in the morning.
- Windy and warm days often result in surging pollen counts.
- After a rainfall, pollen counts may go up, even though the rain temporarily washes pollen away.1
Duck and cover
You can’t outrun allergens, of course, but you can lessen your exposure to them. A few steps can help minimize your discomfort:
- Keep windows and doors closed.
- Watch local weather reports for pollen and mold counts.
- After working or playing outdoors, shower and change your clothes.1
- If you must work outside, wear a NIOSH-rated filter mask.
- A deep spring cleaning will help get rid of mold and other allergens.
- Use a HEPA room air cleaner rated with a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR). If you have central air, use air filters with a MERV rating of 11 or 12. Change air filters every three months.3
Miserable? Don’t suffer in silence!
Corticosteroid nasal sprays, decongestants and antihistamines are all examples of over-the-counter drugs that can help relieve your symptoms. Your Health Mart® pharmacist can help you find the solution that is right for you.
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- ACAAI: “Seasonal Allergies.” Available at: http://acaai.org/allergies/seasonal-allergies. Accessed 3-3-17.
- ABC30.com: “Seasonal allergy sufferers feeling the change in weather.” Available at: http://abc30.com/health/seasonal-allergy-sufferers-feeling-the-change-in-weather/1780067/. Accessed 3-3-17.
- ACAAI: “5 Things to Do to Feel Better during Spring Allergy Season.” Available at: http://acaai.org/news/5-things-do-feel-better-during-spring-allergy-season. Accessed: 2-23-17.
Posted on Fri, March 31, 2017
by Jana Spaulding