Apr 02

How to survive the allergy season

by The Woodlands

Spring is a beautiful time of the year but also the peak of the tree pollen, allergy season. As plants release pollen, millions of children and adults with allergies start feeling miserable.  Symptoms may include:

  • Runny and stuffy nose
  • Post nasal drip
  • Itchy eyes, ears, nose and palate
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Cough
  • Sinus pressure
  • Headaches

Additionally, these symptoms may affect concentration, athletic performance, work or school productivity and sleep. 
"The prevalence of allergies has increased in the last decade and an estimated 16% of U.S. adults are now affected,” explains Dr. Anna George of The Woodlands Allergy Center at Creekside Park Village Green. "The changes in the weather patterns also contribute to harsher and more prolonged allergy seasons. The increased rains with last year’s hurricane Harvey lead to an abundance of plants and this season’s pollens.”

What can you do to survive allergies?

  • Verify that your symptoms are truly due to allergies. Testing at an allergy clinic is simple, painless and takes less than 30 minutes.
  • Use nasal saline rinses in the shower (Neti pot or rinse bottle). Saline will flush the pollen out of your nasal mucus membranes and offer relief without side effects.
  • Move your exercise indoors to avoid inhaling pollen.
  • Use air conditioning at home, and close the windows during high pollen days.
  • Try over the counter medications such as antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays. There are many choices so it may take some time to find the most effective combination for your symptoms.
  • Start immunotherapy (allergy shots) at an allergy office, and put your allergy symptoms in remission! Allergy immunotherapy is effective in over 85% of patients and offers relief for many years even after you stop.

There is no need to suffer this spring! See an allergist for an evaluation.