As the frigid weather finally thaws and the flora of central Illinois hungrily start to bloom, people with pollen and mold allergies will notice the itching, rubbing, sneezing, and stuffiness that surface during spring.
“Cold, wet winters predict a very brisk growing season,” comments Dr. Dareen Siri, a Board Certified Allergist and Immunologist, as well as Sangamon County Medical Society’s current president. She also notes, “The later that spring starts, the shorter the time that all the plants have to get out the pollen, which can contribute to very high pollen counts and very bad conditions for allergy sufferers.” She shares some practical advice to improve symptoms, which she states should be applied from now until after harvest and the first hard frost…
4. Take an antihistamine before outdoor activity.
An oral antihistamine, such as Claritin, Zyrtec, or Allegra, can help keep you more comfortable when you are active outdoors. These medicines will make you less tired than the first generation antihistamines, like Benadryl, and will last longer, continuing to work after those outdoor activities are done.
10. Help your allergies by keeping pets clean and healthy.
When animals such as dogs go in and out of the house, they will track pollen and mold inside with them on their fur. Wipe down the dirt, fragments of mulch, and clippings of grass and leaves off your pets with a damp towel before they enter the house. Bathing pets two to four times a month, if tolerated, will help reduce your exposure to allergens. Keep pets off the bed and out of the bedroom if at all possible, especially those pets that go in and out of the house several times a day.
If your symptoms remain bothersome or persistent, seek out help from a Board-Certified Allergist who will listen to your symptoms, educate you on your allergy triggers, and assist you with developing a management plan.