Your Action Plan for Beating Spring Allergies

The flowers are blooming, the birds are twittering, and the bees are buzzing. Everything is green and colorful, but you can’t see it because your eyes are puffy, you can’t stop sneezing, and your head feels like it’s stuffed with cotton. Spring is in the air, and it just won’t leave you alone. Instead of suffering through another pollen-filled season, visit your allergy specialist and beat those springtime allergies.

The Causes

As your allergy doctor can attest to, the busiest season for allergies typically begins around February and goes through early summer. Rainy seasons and warm days cause mold, trees, grass, and plants to grow rapidly and produce pollens. If it’s a particularly windy day, news forecasts usually suggest that people stay inside as much as possible to avoid severe reactions to high pollen counts in the air. The biggest allergy offenders are weeds (pigweed, tumbleweeds, and Russian thistle), trees (cottonwood, willow, and oak), and grass (Bermuda, Kentucky bluegrass, and rye).

The Treatments

When it comes to seasonal allergies, most ways to guard against them are preventative. Check the pollen and mold counts daily on your local weather report. Stay inside your home, office, or car as much as you can during midday and afternoon—pollen counts are highest around this time. In addition to minimizing your time outside, keep your windows and doors shut. If you have to work or play outside, consider wearing a filter mask. When you come back in, change your clothes, and wash your hair in the shower. These are all ways to minimize your exposure to pollen and dust. Consult your allergy doctor about medications to treat your allergies and symptoms related to them. There are over-the-counter medications, but you might consider immunotherapy, holistic and alternative medicines as well.

Don’t let spring, the time of bright colors and new growth, be the season you hate the most. Allergy & Asthma, PC offers comprehensive allergy treatment at eight locations in King of Prussia, Blue Bell, Philadelphia, Pottstown, Collegeville, Doylestown, Jenkintown, and Lansdale. Call them at 1(800)86-COUGH, option 2 to schedule an appointment or book online at http://www.86cough.com/.

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