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Spring Pollen Allergy Ohio

Spring is arriving in Ohio, which means that Spring pollen season is also arriving.  Some who suffer from allergy have experienced symptoms a little earlier than usual this year.  The mild weather of this year likely extended the growing season for spring pollen allergy Ohio.  This and the warmer ground temperatures that have occurred in […]

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Spring is arriving in Ohio, which means that Spring pollen season is also arriving.  Some who suffer from allergy have experienced symptoms a little earlier than usual this year.  The mild weather of this year likely extended the growing season for spring pollen allergy Ohio.  This and the warmer ground temperatures that have occurred in the early Spring due to lack of significant freezing or snow this Winter have probably set Ohio up for a long and difficult pollen season.  Spring pollen include tree and grass pollen.  Weeds, such as ragweed, do not pollinate until later in the Summer.

Trees usually begin to pollinate first, in April and May.  Some trees pollinate in early Spring, while others pollinate more in the middle of the Spring.  A cold Spring during which we continue to have frost, snow, or cold rain into April, may seem to bring a shorter pollen season.  During such seasons, trees may not pollinate as heavily in the early Spring.  In this scenario, many people with allergies notice the spring pollen allergy Ohio season starts a little later, but we can already see that things are starting earlier this year.

Trees and allergies

The most common trees to cause spring pollen allergy Ohio and the Midwest are Birch, Maple, Oak, Sycamore, Hickory, Walnut, Elm, Cottonwood, Ash, and Pine.  Tree pollen tend to be more “sticky” than other pollen.  Because “sticky” pollen may adhere to the eyes more readily, tree pollen are notorious for causing eye problems, such as itchy and puffy swollen eyes. Tree pollen often causes people to have nasal symptoms such as runny nose, itchy nose, sneezing, congestion, sinus or ear infections, or even asthma symptoms such as coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath.

Grass pollen typically predominates from mid-May through June.  The fluffy, white, cottonwood seed that begins to float in the air in May, often marks the onset of the grass season.

If you want to be able to spend time outside, pollen is unfortunately not avoidable.  It may help to keep windows and doors closed, which should keep pollen counts close to zero inside during spring pollen allergy Ohio season.

Medications

Many medications used for pollen allergy are now available over the counter.  Non-sedating, or “non-drowsy” antihistamines may often provide relief.  Most of these antihistamines are now available over the counter.  Symptoms of eye allergy, especially during tree pollen season, may require antihistamine eye drops, which are also available over the counter.  Nasal corticosteroid sprays are now also available over the counter.  These nasal sprays often take at least one to two weeks of daily use to alleviate symptoms, so they are usually more effective for pollen allergy if taken regularly during seasons when you anticipate nasal allergy symptoms to occur.  Saline sprays and sinus saline rinse preparations such as sinus rinse bottles or neti pots are also helpful in clearing and decongesting the nasal passages.  If you suffer from Spring allergy routinely, it may help to start medications a week or two before Spring starts.

Unfortunately, some people have recurrent problems with allergy, and do not fully benefit from the above therapies.  Others take medications with fair relief, but over time, year after year, continue to need medications.  Some people experience side effects from allergy medications.  Many people who find themselves in these situations want to find out more about the possibility of preventing or “fixing” the allergy problem with allergen immunotherapy also known as allergy shots.  This is a very effective therapy that aims to desensitize a person to allergens, and it can be given by a board-certified allergist to treat the specific allergies that are affecting a person.

Midwest Allergy

Please do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation if you need more help with your allergies this spring pollen allergy Ohio season. We are always here to help! Don’t forget to visit our website.

 

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