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April 5, 2024

Managing Spring Allergies with Rhett Brown, MD

by Rhett Brown, MD

As the winter chill subsides and nature bursts forth with vibrant colors, for many, spring brings a less welcome visitor: allergies. Spring allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, affect millions of people worldwide, causing sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy eyes, and other bothersome symptoms.

One of the primary triggers of spring allergies is pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds. As plants begin to bloom in spring, they release pollen into the air as part of their reproductive process. This pollen can travel for miles, leading to widespread allergy symptoms among susceptible individuals. Additionally, mold spores, which thrive in damp environments, can exacerbate allergies during the spring months.

The key to managing spring allergies lies understanding one’s triggers and taking proactive measures to minimize exposure.

Here are some strategies to alleviate spring allergy symptoms:

Monitor Pollen Counts

Check local pollen forecasts and try to stay indoors when pollen levels are high, typically on warm, windy days.

Keep Windows Closed

While it may be tempting to let in the fresh spring air, keeping windows closed can help prevent pollen from entering your home.

Use Air Purifiers

Considering using high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in your home to trap pollen and other allergens.

Practice Good Hygiene

Shower and change clothes after spending time outdoors to remove pollen from your skin and clothing.

Consider Allergy Medications

Over-the-counter antihistamines, nasal corticosteroids, and decongestants can provide relief from allergy symptoms. Consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate treatment for your allergies.

By taking these proactive steps, individuals can minimize the impact of spring allergies and enjoy the beauty of the season without the discomfort of allergic symptoms.


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