What Triggers Spring Allergies?
Spring allergies, often known as seasonal allergies or hay fever, can cause sneezing, runny noses, itchy or watery eyes, and nasal congestion. During the spring season, pollen from trees, grass, and weeds commonly triggers the symptoms. Treatment for spring allergies is essential for reducing discomfort and enhancing daily functioning. Don’t let spring allergies stop you. Seek treatment to improve your quality of life. Dr. Niraj Choudhary, MD, and Dr. Smriti Choudhary, MD, offer the proper treatment and diagnosis. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 360 E Medical Center Blvd Suite A Webster TX 77598.
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While the first day of spring is pretty much the same every year, the spring allergy season doesn’t follow the same set of rules. In some areas of the US, the spring allergy season can begin as early as February and last well into the summer. For those with seasonal allergies, that means they can begin experiencing nasal congestion, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, and a runny nose well before the official first day of spring and could linger far after the last day passes.
At Primary Care Center, we understand just how bothersome allergy season can be and how disruptive it can be to your day-to-day life. If you’d like to help treat your spring allergies safely and professionally, contact our team of experienced allergists. Or, if you’re ready for an appointment, you can schedule one online at your earliest convenience.
The biggest culprit when it comes to spring allergies is pollen. During the warmer months, trees, grasses, plants, and weeds all release tiny granules into the air for fertilization purposes. When these spores contact someone who’s allergic, the immune system goes into defense mode and releases antibodies that attack the allergens. This protective mechanism releases chemicals called histamines into the blood, which trigger allergy symptoms such as runny noses, sneezing, itchy eyes, and other uncomfortable symptoms.
While pollen is the most common seasonal trigger, it’s not the only one. Spring rain can trigger more mold growth inside and outside your home, and dust mites are also more prevalent, especially if you’re doing a big spring clean. Both mold and dust are common spring allergy triggers that need to be accounted for if you’re wondering what’s causing you to tear up, sneeze, cough, etc.
There are many different ways to treat severe spring allergy symptoms, though which method will work best for you will depend on how your body tolerates them. This is why it can be beneficial to work with an allergist, someone who can suggest a treatment plan and monitor its effectiveness over the short and long term.
Spring allergies can be treated using:
• Nasal corticosteroids
• Leukotriene receptors
• Eye drops
• Additional nasal sprays
Immunotherapy, also known as allergy shots, involves having allergen injections over 2-5 years to help your body build up resistance to the allergen.
If your doctor or allergist suggests immunotherapy, it’s important to note that there are two forms available: allergy shots and sublingual tablets. The tablets only treat certain types of allergies, so it’s best to speak to your provider about which type of immunotherapy you’ll be receiving so there are no surprises down the line.
Plants produce tiny grains, known as pollen, which are used for reproduction. Trees typically begin to release their pollen in early spring, while grass releases its pollen later in the season.
These tiny granules are often carried by the wind, giving them plenty of opportunity to come into contact with people, and for those with allergies, this is often the primary cause of their uncomfortable symptoms. This makes pollen the worst allergy trigger for many, as it’s often impossible to avoid.
How prominent and severe your allergies are can often depend on the weather, as changes in outdoor conditions affect how much pollen trees and plants release.
For example, warm and windy days increase plant fertilization, so pollen spreads more easily. In contrast, rainy days dampen the spread of pollen and wash away allergens, typically making them better for those who experience pollen allergies. However, dampness can increase the amount of mold that grows inside and outside, so it’s important to be aware of that if that is one of your triggers.
If you’re looking for solutions regarding your spring allergies, connect with us at Primary Care Center. Our team of allergists would love to help you with a treatment plan so you can enjoy the spring as intended. Contact us today for more information about our allergy services or book in for an appointment online at your earliest convenience. We are conveniently located at 360 E Medical Center Blvd Suite A Webster TX 77598. We serve patients from Webster TX, Seabrook TX, Friendswood TX, League City TX, Nassau Bay TX, and surrounding areas.
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