Ahh-Choo! Preparing for Spring?

For some, the feared season is rapidly approaching as winter has come and gone. The altering of weathers and warmer weather condition is synonymous with allergic reactions.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, approximately 50 million Americans experience all kinds of allergic reactions. That’s 1 in 5 Americans! Are you one of them?

The most worrying is outside allergic reactions also called seasonal allergic reactions. This is because of the inescapable boost of pollen counts, as this is typically the trigger of hay fever (allergy) for some 35 million Americans.

As spring approaches, the media often makes reference of pollen counts,

Symptoms of seasonal allergic reactions:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Coughing
  • Postnasal drip
  • Itchy nose and throat
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Swollen, watery, and scratchy eyes

These symptoms can make spring a dark and gloomy weather. What can we do to prepare?

Unfortunately there is no cure to allergic reactions but we can minimize signs by doing the following:

  • Follow the pollen counts discussed on the news media and limit outside activities during days with high pollen count
  •      Get details on pollen counts from: http://www.aaaai.org/global/nab-pollen-counts.aspx
  • Use a central air conditioning
  • Getaway to locations with lower concentration of pollen

Medications are readily available over the counter to help lower signs of allergic reactions when avoiding pollen is not an alternative. Once daily non-drowsy medications are offered at your regional drug store. Allergy shouldn’t hold you back from doing the outside activities you love. Talk to your doctor or regional pharmacist to help select the alternative that is finest for you.

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