While more attention goes to the August through October ragweed season, early spring and midsummer pollens can be every bit as challenging, even more so for those who are very sensitive to them.
For many people, March through May are the worst months for allergies. This is because tree pollens begin to emerge in early spring, grass pollen soon follows, and ragweed and other weeds pop up next. Some years all three allergens overlap.
Most people are not allergic to all three, but the cumulative effect for those who are can create extreme difficulties during those months.
It’s not possible to completely avoid pollens completely, but there are certain steps you can take to lessen the blow. Along with proper medication like antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays and desensitizing injections when appropriate, it is also recommended to stay indoors when the pollen count is high, close the windows in your house at night, use air conditioning if possible because it cleans the air of pollen, avoid outdoor activities from 5 a.m.-10 a.m., when pollen counts are the highest, keep car windows closed when driving, don’t mow the lawn during grass pollen season, stay away from freshly cut grass, and don’t hang sheets or clothes outside to dry.
Take steps to recognize and avoid your allergy triggers and find out how to prevent a serious reaction. Identification of the allergy and subsequent treatment for allergic rhinitis is important in the short- and long-term management of your symptoms.
Our Allergy Services Include: o Comprehensive allergy testing o Environmental control counseling o Medical therapy: oral antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays, antihistamine nasal sprays o Allergy shots o Allergy drops/ Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT)