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Spring is here and flowers are starting to bloom. We are all excited to welcome the warmer weather. However, if you suffer from allergies this time of year can be hard for you. The flowers can cause uncomfortable symptoms. Like sneezing, itchy eyes, and congestion. Thus, putting an overall damper on the season. Together, let’s take a look at the world of spring allergies. As well as looking at their symptoms and finding out tips on how to prevent them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Understanding Spring Allergies: Spring allergies are also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis. They are usually caused by pollen that is in the air. This pollen comes from trees, grasses, and weeds. If you have allergies and come into contact with these allergens your immune system reacts. It reacts by releasing histamines. This is a chemical in your immune system. Its main role is to cause allergy symptoms.
Common Symptoms of Spring Allergies:

1.    Sneezing: Lots of sneezing is a big sign of spring allergies. These sneezing fits can happen by exposure to pollen in the air.
2.    Itchy, Watery Eyes: Many people with allergies experience itchy and watery eyes. This can be particularly bothersome during peak pollen season.
3.    Nasal Congestion: Allergens like pollen can cause inflammation of your nasal passages. This leads to congestion and difficulty breathing through the nose.
4.    Runny Nose: Excess mucus production is a common response to allergen exposure. This results in a runny or stuffy nose.
5.    Postnasal Drip: You may experience postnasal drip as well. This happens when mucus drips down the back of the throat. It can lead to throat irritation and coughing.
Preventing Spring Allergies: It is hard to avoid spring allergens. However, there are some steps you can take to lower exposure and ease symptoms.
1.    Pollen Counts: Keep an eye on local pollen forecasts. Limit outdoor activities on days when pollen levels are high.
2.    Keep Windows Closed: Try and keep pollen from entering your home. Do this by keeping windows and doors closed during peak pollen season. Try using air conditioning instead of opening windows for ventilation. If it is an option for you.
3.    Shower and Change Clothes: After being outside, shower when you get home. Be sure to change into fresh clothes. This is done so you can remove pollen particles from your skin and clothing.
4.    Consider Allergy Medications: Try over-the-counter antihistamines. Also, nasal sprays and decongestants can be helpful too. These can give you relief from allergy symptoms. Ask your healthcare provider to determine the best treatment plan for your specific allergies.
Natural Remedies for Spring Allergies: In addition to usual allergy medications, you may find relief from spring allergies through natural remedies.
1.    Local Honey: Eat locally sourced honey. This may help your body get used to local pollen in your area over time.
2.    Quercetin: This antioxidant is found in food. Foods like apples, onions, and berries. These foods have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Which can help ease allergy symptoms.
3.    Nasal Irrigation: Use a saline solution. This is used to rinse your nasal passages. Which can help remove allergens. Along with mucus, it provides relief from congestion and sinus pressure.

Visit Clinicas
Visit Clinicas del Camino Real, Inc. to discuss your allergies with your primary doctor.  They can help you come up with a plan. A plan that would best suit your needs to manage your spring allergies. Spring allergies can put a damper on the joys of spring. However, with proper care and preventative measures, you can enjoy the beauty of blooming flowers. Without the trouble of allergies. Remember to stay informed about pollen levels. Lower your exposure to allergens. As well as trying both traditional and natural remedies. By doing all of this you can take control of your allergies. Make the most of this vibrant time of year!