Spring is now (officially) here, and that’s not the only season that’s started…

Welcome to Allergy Season.

The good news? You’re not alone.

The bad news? If you have seasonal allergies, you still have them, no matter how many other folks do, too.

About 36 million Americans have seasonal allergies. They are primarily caused by pollen from plants, so that’s why when Spring rolls around, our plants release pollen into the air, and your eyes start to itch and you start to sneeze.

Allergies are also triggered by cigarette smoke, perfumes, dust mites, and furry pets. They can cause constant sneezing, runny nose, and nasal congestion. Itchy ears, eyes, nose, and throat - any combination of those - can also be experienced. (Look for these if you suspect your child may have seasonal allergies.)

How do you limit Spring allergy exposure?

  • Close all windows and doors
  • Use air conditioning to kill dust mites and decrease humidity (keeps pollen out)
  • Vacuum daily
  • Take your shoes off at the door to keep allergens from spreading
  • Wash your pets consistently
  • Limit your child’s outdoor playtime

If you have questions about allergy treatment or medications, please consult your physician.