The longer days and warmer weather that come with spring are certainly marvelous; however, the watery eyes, sneezing, and runny nose aren’t. If you battle allergies every spring, you are not alone. Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the US. If the spring has you hiding inside and feeling exhausted, an allergist is going to become your new best friend.
What are the symptoms of spring allergies?
If you are dealing with spring allergies, you’re most likely to experience these symptoms,
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Dark undereye circles
What causes springtime allergies?
Wondering what to blame for your dark circles, sneezing, and runny nose? It’s most likely due to pollen. This includes trees, grasses, and weeds. It can also be caused by mold. If you aren’t sure what’s causing your allergies, it’s best to see an allergist for testing.
How can I treat spring allergies?
If you are looking for the most effective relief from symptoms, then it’s best to turn to an allergist who can single out what’s causing your symptoms and provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan to get your allergies under control. Some ways to treat spring allergies include,
- Prescription-strength antihistamines
- Nasal sprays
- Allergy shots (for more severe allergy symptoms)
There are also ways to reduce pollen and other allergens from coming into your home and kicking up symptoms. Here are some simple lifestyle changes and strategies to improve living with springtime allergies,
- Keep windows and doors closed
- If you have central AC, make sure that it contains an allergy-friendly filter
- Remove all clothes and shoes immediately when coming inside and put clothes into the laundry
- Don’t put clothes on the line to dry (put them in the dryer instead)
- Use a Neti pot daily to flush out allergens, bacteria, and germs from nasal passages
- Bathe the family pet at least once a week (and towel them off whenever they come inside)
- Vacuum all carpets, rugs, and furniture regularly
- Disinfect surfaces and prevent dust from accumulating
- Wash bedding at least once a week in hot water
Don’t let allergies have you feeling exhausted or in hiding. If over-the-counter treatment options just aren’t cutting it, turn to an allergist today for a more effective treatment plan.