The spring allergy season in the NY Metropolitan area has arrived!
Don’t be fooled by the small amount of snow still on the ground. The trees have started pollinating!
This super harsh winter has created an outdoor environment which is expected to lead to very high pollen counts this season.
Starting a treatment plan before you have an allergy symptoms can help you to feel healthier this spring. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Allergy symptoms can include sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy watery eyes, cough, wheezing and skin rashes.
Understanding what triggers your allergies can help you to enjoy the outdoors despite the high levels of pollen. Tree pollen counts will begin to rise with several consistent days of warm weather and grass will begin to pollinate shortly after that.
There are a number of over the counter medications available to choose from this year including antihistamines, decongestants, nasal steroids and eye drops. Prescription medications are often needed as well
A visit to an allergist can help you start a treatment plan which will provide symptom control throughout the entire season.
Allergy testing can help determine the right time frames to start and stop your medications.
Helpful tips for this spring season: