APRIL IS THE SEASON FOR SNEEZING AND WHEEZING!
HOW TO BEAT SPRING ALLERGIES
While many eagerly await the first signs of spring – especially this year, the budding trees and growing grass can mean a season of sneezing and wheezing for millions of allergy sufferers.
Spring allergies, also called seasonal allergic rhinitis, affect as many as 30 percent of adults and up to 40 percent of children. Common symptoms include:
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Sore throat
- Itchy or watery eyes
If your asthma is triggered by allergies, you also may have symptoms of wheezing, a tight feeling in the chest, difficulty breathing, or coughing.
All of these symptoms are typically caused by pollen from trees and grasses.
Allergies are more than just a nuisance. They are serious diseases and should be treated that way. In fact, more than two-thirds of spring allergy sufferers actually have year-round allergies.
But there’s no reason for you to suffer. Dr. Berlin can work with you to find out which allergens trigger your symptoms and discuss treatments to put the spring back into your steps. The most effective way to treat spring allergies is through allergy shots, also called immunotherapy. These shots slowly introduce a little bit of what you are allergic to so your body learns to tolerate it, rather than react with sneezing, wheezing, a stuffy nose, or itchy eyes.
When and wherever possible, avoid the things that trigger your allergies. Here are some tips:
Keep windows closed during pollen season, especially during the day.
Stay inside during mid-day and afternoon hours when pollen counts are highest.
Take a shower, wash hair, and change clothing after working or playing outdoors.
Wear a mask when doing outside chores like mowing the lawn.
A board-certified allergist can evaluate your symptoms and offer treatment options. To make an appointment with Dr. Berlin at All Allergy & Asthma Care, please call 856.262.8200 or visit our website at ALLALLERGYANDASTHMACARE.COM