Hello Spring!

Today marks the first day of spring, which also signifies the start of allergy season for many. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies yearly. It’s important to be aware of the symptoms and how to differentiate them from a common cold. While it can be difficult to distinguish between the two, the absence of body aches and fever is a key indicator of allergies. Be sure to take necessary precautions and consult with a doctor if you experience severe symptoms.

Here are some tips that can help you get some relief.

  • Keep house and car windows closed and use your air conditioning.
  • Plan outdoor activities to avoid high pollen counts during midday or afternoons.
  • Wear a pollen or dust mask when pollen counts are high or during outdoor activities such as lawn mowing.
  • Rinse your eyes with cool water or saline eyedrops to remove clinging pollen after coming indoors.
  • Shower and change clothes after outdoor activities.

Consider starting allergy medication, such as antihistamines and nasal steroids, to help you breathe a little easier. Allergy medications help reduce the symptoms but do not cure allergies. Don’t let allergies dampen your spirit. You can still enjoy the fresh air and beautiful blooming flowers of spring to the fullest.

 *Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.