Springtime means warmer weather, but blooming trees can make it difficult to enjoy all that the outdoors have to offer this time of year. As trees get their leaves back, their flowers release fine grains of pollen, which can easily get into your nose, eyes, and throat.
Blooming trees are hard to avoid. However, it is possible to minimize the resulting allergy symptoms you might have. Learn more about springtime allergies and call our office for treatment.
Symptoms of Springtime Allergic Reactions
The most common signs of springtime allergic reactions are hay fever symptoms, which are caused by pollinating trees. While hay fever can be caused by grass and weed pollens, spring allergy sufferers are affected by hay fever that’s triggered from trees.
Some of the symptoms of tree pollen-induced allergies include:
• Runny nose
• Nasal congestion
• Itchy, swelling, watery eyes
• Red eyes
• Shiners (under-eye circles)
• Itchy throat
• Post-nasal drip
Some people who have trouble during spring also have allergic asthma. So, if you have springtime allergies, you’re more susceptible to asthma symptoms, too. You may experience more wheezing and shortness of breath during spring compared to other times of the year.
If you’re currently suffering from springtime allergic reactions, there are things you can do at home to treat your symptoms. You can try the following:
• Saline spray to clean out and moisturize your nasal cavities
• Over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamines to prevent immune system reactions to allergens
• OTC decongestants to alleviate sinus congestion
• Eye drops for itchy, red eyes
Once you know spring is around the corner, the best way to prevent allergic reactions is to get ahead of pollen-induced symptoms. You can start taking your antihistamine as tree pollen counts go up. Monitoring your local weather report for high-pollen days can also help you prepare your outdoor activities accordingly.
It’s also important to remember that you can’t always see tree pollen. Therefore, it’s crucial to take extra precautions once you’ve been outdoors. Take a shower immediately after coming inside, and be sure to change all clothing. You should also avoid going outside during the early morning hours when pollen-grains are at their highest levels.
Seeking Allergy Relief from Your Doctor
Sometimes springtime allergic reactions are too severe to battle on your own. We can help by diagnosing specific allergens while also prescribing stronger medications to help beat these common springtime reactions. Don’t suffer alone this spring—call our office today to seek relief for good.