Seasonal Allergies: April Showers Bring May Flowers…

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By: Lorraine Burke, RN
Harbor Health Services, Inc.                     

Spring has finally sprung with colorful flowers, budding trees and green grass—a welcome change in season after the winter we have endured.

The weather change and new blossoms may be appreciated by most people, but those who suffer from spring seasonal allergies will be dealing with some annoying symptoms. In April and May the most common allergen is pollen from trees

Symptoms of seasonal spring allergies include:

  • Itchy nose
  • Sneezing and sniffing
  • Clear drainage from the nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Watery and pink or red eyes

Minimize your seasonal allergies symptoms by following these tips:

  • Minimize your outside exposure to pollen, especially on windy days.
  • Change your clothes after being outside when pollen levels are high of if you are experiencing bothersome symptoms.
  • Shower and shampoo hair to help wash off pollen.
  • Wash your face and eyelids with water after being outside to clean of pollen.
  • Keep windows in your house closed, especially if someone is mowing their lawn.

If the above measures do not help control your allergy symptoms, call your provider for advice. Depending on your child’s symptoms various treatments are available, such as:

  • Eye drops for itchy, red and swollen eyes.
  • Nasal spray or nasal washes.
  • Antihistamines, either over the counter or prescribed by your provider.
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