Spring allergies will be here before you know it! If you know you are allergic to trees, be prepared for the season to begin soon.
Trees typically begin to pollinate in March and continue through May. In order to keep on top of your symptoms, starting with medications prior to your season can be very helpful. The use of corticosteroid nasal sprays like Flonase or Rhinocort can help prevent a flare, but require time to work. Thus, we recommend starting them at least 2-3 weeks before! Medications like antihistamines or eye drops typically work within a few hours of use - these can be added on as an adjunct as needed therapy. There are also prescription options that can be used if needed. Allergy shots do not work immediately, but provide the best long term protection for years to come.
Avoidance measures can also help reduce the allergen burden you may face. Keeping windows closed at home or in the car can reduce exposure. Pollen counts tend to be the highest early in the morning. Limiting activity during the 5-10am time frame can be of great benefit. If outside for prolonged periods of time, be sure to wash up (shower and wash hair) and change clothes to limit the time frame you are exposed.
Drs. Shah and Gobin can help tweak your regimen and save you from misery if you have continued symptoms. Make an appointment if you have any issues, especially if you continue to suffer into the summer and fall!
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