post-title Spring Allergies 2012-05-29 14:24:50 yes no Posted by

Spring Allergies

By Midwest Allergy Physician Philip Rancitelli, M.D., F.A.A.A.A.I. Spring is a very challenging time of year for many allergy sufferers.  This year has been particularly bad considering the unusually warm weather we have experienced.  Tree pollen is the main allergic trigger early in the Spring and peaks in April.  Tree pollen levels usually begin to […]

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By Midwest Allergy Physician Philip Rancitelli, M.D., F.A.A.A.A.I.

Spring is a very challenging time of year for many allergy sufferers.  This year has been particularly bad considering the unusually warm weather we have experienced.  Tree pollen is the main allergic trigger early in the Spring and peaks in April.  Tree pollen levels usually begin to decline in May and June.  However, grass pollen becomes a problem in late Spring and early Summer.

Here are a few tips to help deal with Spring allergies:

  1. Limit outdoor activities on warm, dry days.  Rain can help because it washes pollen out of the air for a short period of time.
  2. Although we can experience many beautiful days in the Spring, don’t be tempted to open the windows at home.  This allows pollen to enter your home and increase your exposure.  Try keeping the air conditioning on as much as possible.
  3. Make sure you take your medications as prescribed by your allergist.  Antihistamines, nasal sprays, eye drops, and inhalers (for those people with allergic asthma) can effectively minimize symptoms.
  4. If you continue to experience symptoms despite utilizing avoidance measures and medications, you should consider immunotherapy (allergy shots).  Immunotherapy induces immunity and can provide the possibility of a cure.

Feel free to contact Midwest Allergy if you have any questions regarding treatment options, or if you have any other questions about allergies.  Our doctors and staff are more the happy to help make the warm weather more enjoyable for you!

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