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It’s hard to ignore spring in Ohio, when blue skies, new tree growth, and wildflowers replace the ice and snow of gray winter days. That’s especially true when you have springtime allergies. For allergy sufferers, the constant sneezing, congestion, itchy eyes, and runny nose that signal the end of winter can make it hard to enjoy anything spring related.
The allergy specialists at Premier Allergy and Asthma understand why many Ohioans dread rather than anticipate spring. They also know there are ways to minimize your symptoms and maximize your enjoyment of this new season.
Read on to discover what these experts have to say about how you can start to manage your springtime allergies before the pollen counts rise.
We often recommend that our patients start their allergy medications before experiencing symptoms. Check with your allergy specialist first, but starting meds before the pollen counts climb can help minimize your immune system’s overreaction to spring.
If you regularly have problems with allergy symptoms as soon as the calendar switches from winter to spring, it’s well worth it to discover exactly what it is about spring that riles up your immune system. It could be trees, grasses, wildflowers, mold, or a combination of spring allergens that trigger your symptoms.
Identifying your triggers with allergy testing helps you know what to avoid and when to start your allergy medications. Some trees, for instance, can start pollinating as early as February while many grasses, weeds, and wildflowers spread their sneeze-producing pollen in May.
Most weather forecasts include a current pollen count as well as a prediction of what’s to come over the next several days. Taking part in outdoor activities when pollen counts are low and moving indoors when they rise can help prevent allergy attacks.
One way to manage springtime allergies is to prevent pollen and other allergens from spreading throughout your indoor space. You can’t keep it all out, but developing several simple habits can help, including:
Changing filters on your vacuum and air filtration system regularly also helps keep allergens from spreading through the house.
Pets, spring jackets, shoes, and other outdoor gear can also bring in the pollen and dust from outdoors. You can help minimize your exposure by leaving coats by the door, slipping off your shoes before you come inside, and giving your pet a quick wipe down after a visit outdoors.
Don’t discount what an allergy specialist can do to help manage your springtime allergies. If it’s been a while since you sought care for your allergies or your current regimen is not controlling your symptoms, you may be surprised by the many effective treatment options available at Premier Allergy and Asthma.
Call today to schedule a visit or book an appointment online.
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