Blooming trees along with warmer and longer days, let us know spring is around the corner. Unfortunately, for many Floridians spring is miserable due to allergies.
“This time of year, many people mistake their allergies for being sick, says Ellsworth Buck, Vice President of Greatflorida Insurance, Florida’s largest independent health insurance agency.
Common seasonal allergy symptoms include: an itching nose, roof of mouth, throat and eyes, sneezing, a stuffy nose or congestion, runny nose, red and tearing eyes along with dark circles or bags under the eyes.
The Pollen forecast for Florida shows high pollen counts since the beginning of this month, according to Pollen.com, a website dedicated to providing allergy information and pollen forecasts. In spring, grasses and tree pollen are the widespread cause of hay fever or seasonal allergies. Currently, tree pollen from oak, juniper, elm and bayberry trees are the offenders.
“Keep in mind, for people with asthma, pollen allergies can cause flare-ups,” reminds Buck with GreatFlorida Insurance, Florida’s top independent health insurance agency.
To fight off those annoying allergy symptoms, allergist suggest taking allergy mediation every day during allergy season starting in March or February, before you experience symptoms.
Other practices can help you control allergy symptoms such as:
Washing your hands often and keeping them away from your face.
When you come inside take a shower to get rid of the pollen from your skin and hair.
Men should shave regularly.
Keep windows closed.
Limit outdoor activities on days with a high pollen count.
Vacuum your home regularly.
Climate factors can influence how bad your symptoms might be. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) reports, “Mild winter temperatures cause plants to pollinate early. While a rainy spring can promote rapid plant growth and lead to an increase in mold growth causing symptoms to last well into the fall.”
Keep the following in mind if you suffer from seasonal allergies
Tree and grass pollen thrive during cool nights and warm days
Molds grow quickly in heat and high humidity
Pollen levels tend to peak in the morning hours
Rain washes pollen away but pollen counts can soar after rainfall
On a day with no wind, airborne allergens are grounded
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