Coping with Allergy Season

Although it's difficult for scientists to predict the intensity of allergy season before it starts, it looks like this year might be particularly tough for sufferers. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, a mild winter followed by warm weather can bring about an early allergy season. However, it does depend on where you live so go to the AAAAI's pollen counter to get regular updates on your region. Spring allergies are mostly caused by tree pollen and mold. Going into the summer, grass pollen becomes a problem. Other factors that affect pollen counts include windy weather, which can spread pollen and increase exposure, and rain, which provides initial relief by reducing tree pollen counts, but can also spur the growth of grass in late spring. Dr. Mark Jacobson, allergist and president of the Illinois Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, says to resist the temptation to open your windows on warm spring days because that will increase indoor pollen counts. He also suggests taking an evening shower to get pollen out of your hair, skin and clothes before going to bed. For more tips and resources, visit AAAAI's patient center.
Alexandra Gekas