Spring has sprung, and most likely, so have your spring allergies. Your spring allergies usually occur when your immune system overreacts to an outdoor allergen, such as pollen. An allergen is something that triggers an allergic response. The most common allergens are pollen’s from wind-pollinated plants, such as trees, grasses, and weeds. The pollen’s from insect-pollinated plants are too heavy to remain airborne for long, and they’re less likely to trigger an allergic reaction. In fact, more than 50 million Americans will be sneezing and wheezing thanks to spring allergies. So here is your guide to spring allergies, their causes, symptoms, and treatments.
Triggers for spring allergies may vary, but for most people, it comes down to pollen and mold, which is why allergy-sufferers are often warned to stay indoors as much as possible on high pollen count days.
In fact, trees are responsible for most springtime allergies. Birch is one of the most common offenders in North America, where many people with seasonal allergies react to its pollen. Other allergenic trees in North America include cedar, alder, horse chestnut, willow, and poplar.
What are the symptoms of spring allergies?
Below are some of the most common signs and symptoms that you are suffering from spring allergies:
- runny or stuffy nose
- watery and itchy eyes
- itchy sinuses, throat, or ear canals
- ear congestion
- postnasal drainage
Less common symptoms may include:
- shortness of breath
In some more extreme case, you may find yourself having an asthma attack due to severe spring allergies. If this is the case, seek medical attention.
Treatment for spring allergies
Remember that unlike a cold, spring allergies may last a long period of time, and may only cease once the trigger is removed. So in the mean time, try to remove as many triggers as possible, and try an over the counter allergy med to relieve the symptoms temporarily. Here are a few tips on how to go about the process:
- Fix water leaks and clean up water damage that can help mold and pests flourish.
- Clean moldy surfaces and any places that mold may form, including humidifiers, swamp coolers, air conditioners, and refrigerators.
- Use a dehumidifier to reduce excess moisture.
- Wash your bedding in very hot water at least once a week.
- Cover your bedding and pillows with allergen-proof covers.
- go for an over-the-counter anti-histamine (will relieve sneezing and congestion)
If you find yourself suffering from allergies, or want to find out definitvely if you have them AFC Urgent Care Vernon welcomes you with no appointment necessary, to our walk-in clinic. We are located at 179 Talcottville Rd, Vernon, CT 06066 . We are also open 7 days a week Monday-Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday-Sunday 8am-5pm. We are staffed by licensed professionals, and we accept most insurances.