Spring Allergies

Finally, the first warm days of spring! Time to open the windows, pack away the winter coats, and get outside.

If you greet the arrival of spring each year with a stuffy nose and watery eyes instead of a happy heart, it's time to take a new look at your seasonal allergies. You may have been struggling with spring allergies for years, but that doesn't mean you can't learn a few new tricks about coping with them.

Treat your allergies early. Spring pollen season starts much earlier than many people think. Pollen starts filling the air as soon as the weather warms up just enough for the trees to begin budding. This means that if you take medications to control your seasonal allergies, the time to start them is mid-March. Allergies create an inflammatory response that is like a smoldering fire. If you can keep it smoldering rather than flaring, you'll do a lot better and you're less likely to have a snowball effect with your symptoms.

Control allergies by controlling your environment. You don't want to have to stay indoors on a beautiful day just because you have allergies. But if you're going to be working outside, consider wearing a protective allergy face mask for tasks like mowing the grass, raking leaves, or washing the car. Keep an eye on the pollen counts, and try to plan more of your outdoor work for days when pollen counts are expected to be low and it's not so windy.

With a little planning, you will be out and about enjoying the spring time. However, if you are having trouble getting your spring allergies under control, give us a call at 423.468.3267 and greet spring with a smile.