By The Allergy Center, PA
May 04, 2020
Tags: Springtime Allergies
Spring is the season of new life, with plants everywhere beginning to bloom. The only downside to this is the rise in springtime allergies and their symptoms. Leaving allergies untreated leads to allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever. The best way to avoid this is through preventive actions and early treatment. Learn how you can treat allergies simply and efficiently from the comfort of your own home.
What Are Springtime Allergies?
Plants begin to produce pollen in late February. Once the weather warms up, grass pollen along with other kinds of pollen jump into action. The body encounters these materials and identifies them as a threat, creating an autoimmune response. There is no known cause for what triggers this response. Symptoms include sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, and a runny nose.
Here are some of the possible spring tree allergens:
- Western Red Cedar
Grass pollen to be on the lookout for:
- Sweet Vernal
- Red Top
Solutions for Spring Allergies
Talking to a specialist who deals with allergies and asthma is a great first step. They can point you in the right direction for treatment. Don’t wait until your allergies are already here in full to start. Here are some simple ways to get started.
- Invest in over-the-counter treatments. These include oral antihistamines, nasal sprays, nasal decongestants, and eye drops. This helps reduce or minimize the aggravating results of allergies.
- Start spring cleaning before the season kicks into full swing. Deep clean everything in your home, from floors and rugs to light fixtures. This gets rid of any dust or pollen that has made its way indoors.
- Track pollen levels by using weather apps or other sources. Avoid spending too much time outside on high pollen days. You should also avoid the time when pollen is at its peak, which is early evening and midmorning.
- Though it’s hard when the weather is nice, we recommend keeping your windows closed during the spring. Opening them allows for allergens to get in.
- Pay attention to the humidity levels in your home. These conditions are a perfect breeding ground for mold. Investigate common areas like under the sink for any signs of it. Mold is a severe allergen trigger. Invest in a dehumidifier to keep the levels in your house under control.