Spring has sprung, and so has allergy season. Watery eyes, constant sneezing, and sniffles are just some of the symptoms which allergy sufferers can expect to experience now that spring is in full effect. Experts suggest that this year the allergy season nay be shot than usual thanks to a longer winter, however because of changing weather patterns they also believe symptoms may be worse.
The wet winter and the warm, dry spring ahead may lead to a high pollen count this year, the Wall Street OTC reported. Dr. John Basso of Nyack Hospital in New York stated that the prolonged humidity in some regions in winter time suggests a bad season. This notion is supported by the director of the Translational Research in Allergy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Dr. Tanya Laidlaw.
Dr. Laidlaw stated that trees which usually cause spring allergy symptoms – oak, maple, birch – will pollinate later than usual which means that the season will likely be a few days or a week shorter than typical. She always points to the fact that the pollen count will be as high as other seasons or possibly even higher than usual. Therefore the days symptoms are experienced may be more severe.
With all things considered, allergy sufferers are advised to be extra cautious in order to maintain good health. Dr. Laidlaw suggests using anti-allergies one week before the trees begin pollinating and using oral antihistamine or over-the-counter intranasal steroids.
The most common signs of seasonal allergies include stuffiness, nasal congestion, itchy and watery eyes, and sneezing. However some other subtle signs include poor sleep quality, inability to concentrate on what you’re doing, irritability and fatigue.
Finding out what exactly a patient is allergic to is the most important step towards treating allergies. A specific diagnostic can be obtained through a scratch test in 20 minutes time: different allergens are placed on the patient’s skin and this tells what the patient is allergic to.