Have you been experiencing seasonal allergy symptoms this spring? Seasonal allergies are a form of allergic rhinitis caused by tree, grass, and weed pollens. Everything is flowering and turning green, which means plants are releasing pollen into the air and allergy sufferers are experiencing those aggravating allergy symptoms.
Allergic rhinitis occurs when pollen causes our cells to release histamine, which in turn causes irritation in our eyes, nose, throat, and even skin. Common symptoms include sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, itchy throat and eyes, and wheezing.
There are many environmental and over the counter options you can utilize to help manage you and your child’s allergy symptoms. It is important to wash off any pollen that may be on your hair and skin after playing outdoors all day by showering before bedtime. Keep your windows closed, wash bedding and vacuum weekly to rid of pollen indoors.
Various medications are available and should be taken daily during allergy season to help manage symptoms. If you haven’t already discussed these medications with your provider or you have questions call our office to schedule an appointment with one of our providers. A key tip is to start these medications about a month before warm weather begins and to continue throughout the season. If you are suffering from allergic rhinitis and have not started medication yet, it is not to late…just remember it can take 1-2 weeks for these medications to take effect so hang in there!
We are all spending more time outdoors these days so don’t let your allergy symptoms get the best of you. Let us know if you have any questions regarding symptoms or medications that are available to keep your children’s symptoms under control during these warmer months.