Reviewed by Michele Pierce, FNP-BC
Spring is a beautiful time of year in Tennessee, with warmer weather and blooming flowers. However, for many residents, Spring also brings the onset of seasonal allergies.
Seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly known as Spring allergies, is an allergic reaction to pollen and other allergens in the air during Spring. The most common allergens in Tennessee during Spring are tree pollen. These allergens can cause symptoms such as:
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes
- Scratchy throat
Preparing For Spring Allergies
If you experience the symptoms listed above around this time of year, you may have seasonal allergies. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prepare for allergy season and minimize your symptoms.
- Keep an eye on pollen counts: Local weather reports often provide information on pollen counts, so check them regularly and plan outdoor activities accordingly.
- Get allergy medications: If you know you have allergies, start taking your medications a few weeks before allergy season begins. This will help prevent symptoms before they start.
- Clean your home: Allergens can build up inside your home, so make sure to dust, vacuum, and clean regularly. Use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your vacuum and air conditioning unit to remove allergens from the air.
- Keep windows closed: When pollen counts are high, keep windows closed and use air conditioning to circulate indoor air.
- Shower and change clothes: After spending time outdoors, take a shower and change clothes to remove pollen and other allergens from your skin and hair.
- Avoid outdoor activities: During peak allergy season, try to avoid activities that stir up pollen, such as mowing the lawn or raking leaves. Seek professional advice: If your symptoms persist, consult an allergist for further evaluation and personalized treatment options.
By following these tips and working with your allergist, you can help reduce your exposure to allergens and manage your symptoms during allergy season.
At The Allergy and Asthma Group of Galen, our board-certified physicians can guide you through making the decision to start your treatment option today. Call our office at (423) 499-4100 to make an appointment with our specialists today!