Fighting Springtime Allergies

By Joe Gullo

Published 03/20 2014 10:30AM

Updated 03/20 2014 10:34AM

Thursday is the first day of spring and whether warm temps greet you or you have a chill in the air, allergy season is fast approaching.  

Springtime may bring beautiful flowers, green grass, and budding trees, but for allergy suffers it can mean weeks of feeling lousy from the pollen.

"I typically wake up in the morning, have a kind of scratchy throat, my sinuses are filled up, and a  lot of times my eyes are swollen and red," Allergy Patient Winnie Wright said.

Allergy medicine may help many with mild to moderate symptoms.  

"If you're suffering from runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes, I will recommend an antihistamine med for your symptoms," Dr. Erin Gardner said.  "But if nasal congestion is an issue then  it's a decongestant that may be more helpful."

And if you think ahead and start these meds before you even experience symptoms, you may keep them away or reduce their severity.

When these efforts don't seem to be helping it may be time for allergy shots.  

"Allergy shots are nice in that they help you build an immunity to the things you're allergic to, so that over time, we see a decrease in symptoms," Dr. Gardner said.

It can also help to keep the windows closed and the air conditoners on to reduce your exposure to the pollen.  Another tip, take a shower when you get in if you've been outdoors for a while.  This will wash away excess pollen.  

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