By jbluethmann from The Pulse – Health and Wellness Resource Center
Spring heralds more daylight, the return of our feathered friends from their sojourn south and the onslaught of spring allergies, often known as hay fever. The most common trigger for spring allergy symptoms is pollen, and in many geographic regions across the country, it can be difficult to escape the pollen released into the air by trees, grasses and weeds at this time of year.
Those individuals allergic to pollen will quickly begin to feel the symptoms in the coming weeks. Those symptoms can include a runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, and sneezing. A myriad of over-the-counter and prescription medications exist to combat allergy symptoms, and many sufferers turn to allergy shots as well. Still others with spring allergies choose simply to limit their time outside and to keep their windows shut despite the temptation after a long winter to let the outside in.
Resources for understanding who’s at risk for spring allergies, diagnosis and treatment are plentiful on the web. Some of those resources follow.
- The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has numerous links to information on all things allergies, including outdoor allergies, pollen and mold counts and alternative therapies.
- The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology also provides resources for seasonal allergy sufferers and information on pollen levels.
- The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is yet another resource for seasonal allergy sufferers. A section of its website is dedicated to hay fever which provides links to treatment options.
- The World Allergy Organization provides information on its website on an array of allergy-related topics including seasonal allergies.
Emory University produced a short video overview of seasonal allergies that can be viewed below.