April showers bring May flowers, as well as allergy season for many individuals.
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, more than 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies each year. William Johnson, MD, an ear, nose and throat specialist with ProMedica Physicians, provides a quick guide to managing spring allergies.
According to Dr. Johnson, typical spring allergy symptoms can be frequent sneezing, itchy or watery eyes, and a runny, stuffy or drippy nose.
“Typically in the spring, you will have issues mainly with trees and grass,” says Dr. Johnson. “This is because things began to bloom and pollen is released in the air and we are exposed because we inhale them.”
Because spring allergies are in the environment, there are limited ways to avoid them. Dr. Johnson says the best combination of medicine to manage allergies is antihistamine and nasal steroid spray. “Hepa filters can also be helpful,” suggests Dr. Johnson. “Nasal saline irrigations with a Neti Pot two – three times per day can also be helpful in reducing allergic symptoms as well.”
For people who don’t respond well to allergy medication, Dr. Johnson’s office provides immunotherapy. “Most people are most familiar with allergy shots, these are for people who are non-responders and have severe symptoms,” explains Dr. Johnson.
Dr. Johnson advises patients seek medical attention when their symptoms begin to affect their quality of life.
To learn more about allergies, read surviving seasonal allergies.