For many it is a season of suffering — sneezing, itchy eyes, stuffy noses, headaches and migraines.
And this year, we’re in deep.
We’ve just entered, what scientists says, is one of the strongest, most intense allergy seasons to date.
Spring allergies and hay fever can differ drastically from one place to another based on the types of plants growing in any given geographic region.
Hay fever can feel quite similar to the common cold. Some of the symptoms include sinus pressure, congestion, sneezing, and a runny nose.
This spring, some areas have pollen levels three times higher than just a year ago.
So what makes this year so different?
According to a recent report by CBS News, the reason is climate change.
“Because our spring was so delayed this year, many things are blooming up all at once,” said CBS medical contributor Dr. Holly Phillips. “What should have bloomed over a course of a month is now popping up all together, so we’re seeing really, really high pollen levels.”
Simple Ways to Limit Your Allergy Symptoms
There are a variety of things you can do to limit the symptoms of hay fever.
First and foremost, regular over-the-counter( OTC) antihistamines, such as Benadryl, and steroidal nasal sprayings such as Flonase, are easy to find and helpful to many people.
For seasonal allergies, it’s also important to pay attention to daily pollen counts. Pollen count is the measure of the amount of pollen in the air at a given time. It can be checked on a variety of websites, or through certain climate channels.
Hay fever is also affected by the type of activity you are doing. Physically intense activities like athletics, hiking, and some kinds of manual labor are more likely to elicited symptoms.
Remedies For Allergies
You can also help restrict potential allergens from invading your home by changing clothes and shoes when coming in from the outdoors.
Some people even take the additional step of showering if they have been outside for an extended period of time.
For outside activities, some people will wear a face mask that is designed to filter pollen For red, itchy eyes caused by hay fever, even only basic sunglasses can help prevent pollen from get in.
Managing allergies is a multistep process. Patients need to be actively involved in their care.
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