Springtime may bring beautiful flowers, green grass, and budding trees, but for allergy suffers it can mean weeks of feeling lousy from the pollen – even if you didn’t have allergies as a child.
Allergy medicine may help many with mild to moderate symptoms.
“If you're suffering from runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes, I will recommend an antihistamine med for your symptoms. But if nasal congestion is an issue, then it's a decongestant that may be more helpful,” says Dr. Erinn Gardner, an allergy doctor in Atlanta, Ga.
Gardner also says if you think ahead and start these meds before you even experience symptoms, you may keep them away or reduce their severity.
When these efforts don't seem to be helping, it may be time for allergy shots.
“Allergy shots are nice in that they help you build immunity to the things you're allergic to, so that over time, we see a decrease in symptoms.”
It can also help to keep the windows closed and the air conditioner on to reduce your exposure to the pollen.
Another tip, take a shower when you get in if you've been outdoors for a while. This will wash away excess pollen.