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HOW TO PLAN AHEAD THIS SPRING ALLERGY SEASON

When do spring allergies start and when should you start treating them? Get the facts so you can nip your spring allergy symptoms in the bud before the season is in full bloom.

 

 

RECOGNIZE WHEN SPRING ALLERGIES START

In some parts of the country, spring allergy season starts as early as February and can last well into the summer months.1 Tree pollen is the first on the scene and continues to cause allergy symptoms throughout March and April. Often on the heels of—and overlapping with—tree pollen is grass pollen, which starts in late spring and continues into early summer.

 

 

UNDERSTAND THE “PRIMING EFFECT”

Trees often pick up on the change of season earlier than we do and  start releasing small amounts of pollen. Once exposed to this early pollen,  your immune system is “primed” to react to all types of outdoor allergens. This means, come springtime, you may suffer from heightened allergy symptoms for a longer period of time.1,2

 

 

START TREATMENT FOR YOUR SPRING ALLERGIES EARLY

To alleviate suffering caused by spring allergy symptoms—like nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy nose, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes—it helps to start taking your allergy medicine before your spring allergy symptoms reach their. So rather than waiting until April or May, when allergy symptoms are at their worst, try to anticipate your symptoms and begin treating early.3

 

 

KNOW YOUR LOCAL ALLERGY FORECAST

To be in the know about early spring allergies, you can use tools like  The Weather Channel Allergy Tracker, brought to you in partnership with FLONASE® Allergy Relief. The Allergy Tracker gives you a detailed, 3-day, local allergy forecast so you can start treatment to alleviate symptoms when they occur.

 

Sources:

1. ACAAI. The rise of spring allergies: fact or fiction? http://acaai.org/news/rise-spring-allergies-fact-or-fiction.

2. ACAAI. Common Seasonal Allergy Triggers. http://acaai.org/allergies/types/seasonal

3. ACAAI. It’s a War on Pollen during Spring Allergy Season. http://acaai.org/news/it%E2%80%99s-war-pollen-during-spring-allergy-season

4. Wallace D, Dykewicz M. The diagnosis and management of rhinitis: An updated practice parameter, Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters. 2008.