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Here comes spring, a potentially uncomfortable season for an estimated 81 million people in the United States who are allergic to the onslaught of pollen from trees, grasses and weeds this time of year, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
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Choose your plan ArrowRight Allergies result from the immune system’s reaction to something that for most people is harmless — for example, pet dander, nuts or, in the spring, pollen.
Symptoms of allergic rhinitis (sometimes referred to as hay fever) may include itchy and watery eyes, nasal congestion, frequent sneezing and a sore throat.
To get ahead of likely symptoms, doctors sometimes suggest starting regular use of an over-the-counter nasal spray a week or two before allergy season strikes in your area.
Also, check with your doctor about whether using an antihistamine or decongestant once the season reaches full swing would be safe for you, taking into account other health issues you may have, such as hypertension or heart problems.
AdvertisementSome allergy sufferers choose immunotherapy (a series of allergy shots) to reduce their body’s reaction to allergens — substances that cause allergic reactions.
Beyond medical approaches, avoidance is considered key to keeping symptoms of allergic rhinitis at bay.
You can minimize exposure to pollen by keeping windows closed; washing any clothes worn outside and taking showers after being outdoors; having a clean, good-quality filter on your home’s heating and air-conditioning system; and using an air purifier in your residence.
Springtime allergies may last longer than they have historically, say experts in both weather and medical realms, thanks to a warmer climate, which lengthens the pollen season.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, springtime brings with it the possibility of discomfort for an estimated 81 million Americans who are allergic to the abundance of pollen that trees, grasses, and weeds at this time of year. Wp Enjoy the entire encounter. Select your plan ArrowRight Allergies arise when the body reacts to an object that is generally safe for consumption, such as nuts, pet dander, or pollen in the spring. Allergy rhinitis, also known as hay fever, can cause a sore throat, frequent sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and nasal congestion.

Doctors occasionally advise beginning regular use of an over-the-counter nasal spray a week or two prior to the onset of allergy season in your area in order to anticipate likely symptoms. Additionally, discuss with your physician whether taking a decongestant or antihistamine once the season starts would be appropriate for you, keeping in mind any additional medical conditions you may have, such as high blood pressure or heart problems.

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A course of allergy shots known as immunotherapy is a treatment option for allergy sufferers who wish to lessen their body’s sensitivity to allergens, or things that trigger allergic reactions. Beyond pharmaceutical treatments, avoidance is thought to be the key to preventing allergic rhinitis symptoms.

Maintaining closed windows, cleaning outdoor clothing, taking showers after being outside, keeping your home’s heating and cooling system’s filter clean and of high quality, and using an air purifier inside your home are all ways to reduce your exposure to pollen.

Because of a warmer climate that extends the pollen season, springtime allergies may persist longer than they have in the past, according to experts in the fields of medicine and meteorology.

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