The thought of spring’s warmer temperatures may bring to mind something not-so-enjoyable…allergies.
But there may be a bit of good news for allergy sufferers this season. It may not be quite as miserable after so many frigid cold days this past winter and spring.
Meteorologist Tara Lane spoke with Dr. Gital Patel of Premier Allergy on Wednesday. She said plants got a little break this year. Unlike the past few milder winters, there hasn’t been much pollen production yet.
“Those days when it warms up, the plants do release a little bit of pollen. But we haven’t seen a big burst of pollen being released like we have the last few years,” says Dr. Patel.
But with more sunshine and warmer temperatures in the forecast, that will be changing. So if you find yourself reaching for tissues the next few days, pollen may be to blame. How do you know it’s not just a regular cold?
“With a cold, you may have a fever with it,” explains Dr. Patel. “You may not feel like yourself. You’ll still have a little bit of a runny nose, usually not itchy though, like with allergies.”
If you’re allergic to tree pollen, fortunately it’s easy to follow the pollen count on various websites.
Here’s a list of easy things you can do to ease symptoms:
–Limit time outdoors
–Shower & wash hair before going to bed
–Change clothes after being outside for a long time
–Keep windows closed
–Use a saline nasal rinse
Over-the-counter medications will help with the sneezing, itching, watery eyes and congestion, but if you really want to get to the root of the problem, allergy shots may be a good idea.
“That way, you’re targeting exactly what is causing your symptoms, rather than just putting a band-aid on it,” says Dr. Patel.
Sure enough, the pollen forecast the rest of the week is high. It won’t last too long, though. Rain is in the forecast for the weekend, followed by a return to cooler temperatures next week.