With our warm weather, it can feel like springtime for months in South Florida. However, as the seasons change, different plants bloom and allergies can worsen. Watery eyes, congested sinuses, coughing fits–these are all sure signs that you are dealing with springtime allergies.
What are spring allergies?
Indoor and outdoor allergic symptoms may occur with springtime allergies. Some common allergic triggers are dust mites, hay fever, spores, tree bark, pollen, pet dander and grass. As many as 40 million people are harshly affected by springtime allergies yearly.
Common symptoms of springtime allergies may include bouts of asthma, watery/stinging eyes, congested chest, sinus infections, coughing, headaches and nasal irritation. For some people, the asthmatic symptoms are worse than the others. It's important to speak with your doctor about your allergies to make sure you get a head start on dealing with them during season's peak.
For seasonal allergies, there are ways to keep your symptoms at bay. If you know your area gets hit with pollen or ragweed at a certain time of year, you can be sure to have allergy medication on hand. Also, if you happen to see an allergist or specialist about your allergies, you may be able to receive allergy shots that help prevent harsh allergic reactions during the peak season.
Aside from medicine, there are other precautions you can take to help prevent allergy attacks this spring.
- Remember that pollen levels peak in the early morning and evening, so make sure you plan your outdoor schedule accordingly to avoid exposure.
- Close your windows and doors and make use of a filtered, allergy-friendly air conditioner to cool off your home.
- Steer clear of fresh cut grass if you can help it.
- Understand that pollen clings to your hair and clothes. Make sure you bath daily and wash your laundry often to avoid buildup of pollen and potential allergy attacks.
For more information, consult the Health Library at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center.
Have you seen a specialist yet? Remember that the best way to deal with your springtime allergies is to work with your physician. For a physician referral, feel free to call our Consult-A-Nurse service today at 888-256-7692.
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