With April showers bring May flowers – As the trees start to bloom, and the pollen releases into the air, allergy sufferers begin their yearly ritual of sneezing and sniffling.
Each year, 58 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis, most commonly known as hay fever. Fort Worth Otolaryngologist Dr. Marc Dean shares, “In most of my patients, I see spring allergies beginning in February and continuing until early summer. The key for my patients is to do their best to avoid allergy triggers.” If you’re in an area with mild winter temperatures, this can cause the plants to pollinate early. A rainy spring can cause rapid plant growth and increase mold leading to symptoms all the way into autumn.
While the timing and severity of an allergy season vary across the country, climate factors can influence the severity of your symptoms such as:
- Rain washes the pollen away, but pollen counts usually climb after rainfall.
- Warm and windy days cause pollen counts to soar.
- Tree, grass and ragweed pollens thrive during cool nights and warm days.
- Molds grow quickly in heat and high humidity.
- Pollen levels tend to peak in the morning hours.
It is important to know your triggers. Although pollen is a popular cause of your suffering, other materials may be triggers as well. Let your allergist help you find the source of your allergies and help stop them before they begin. Wage war on allergies first so you are not stuck every year just treating the symptoms.
Work with your allergist to devise strategies to avoid your triggers and those pesky symptoms:
- Take a shower, wash your hair, and change your clothes after working or playing outside.
- Keep windows shut at home and in your car during prime allergy season.
- Wear a filter mask when mowing the lawn or doing other outdoor chores.
- Stay inside during the middle of the day when pollen counts are the highest.
- Monitor pollen and mold counts during allergy seasons.
Fort Worth Otolaryngologist Dr. Marc Dean is a Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology and practicing full time in private practice. Dr. Dean specializes Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and conditions and diseases of the ear, sinus and disorders of the eustachian tube. Dr. Dean completed an Internship in General Surgery and his Residency at Louisiana State University Health Science Center, where he now serves as Assistant Professor in Otolaryngology/HNS. Dr. Dean is current President and CEO of the Otorhinologic Research Institute. Contact Dr. Dean today on his profile or call 817-332- 4060. Dr. Marc Dean was named Top10MD 2015 / 2016. Only 1 in 3 doctors succeed with this recognition in the United States.