Finally! If you’re on the east coast, or honestly anywhere in the states, you have probably seen some snow this past winter. With the snow finally melting, and hopefully no more bomb cyclones, it is almost safe to say we are nearing Spring. That means spring dresses (yay!), shaving/waxing legs (ugh) and allergies!!
Spring is when grasses pollinate so those with an increase in allergy symptoms at this time probably have a grass allergy. This can be easily evaluated by your friendly allergist who can do a quick 20 minute skin test to see what exactly you are allergic to. It’s helpful to know, especially if you think you may want to start on allergy shots (comment below if you’d like to learn more about allergy shots). Once the test is done, the allergy doctor can tell you right away what you are sensitive to and the best treatment. If you have asthma, food allergies or atopic dermatitis (eczema) then this is something you should definitely consider getting done. Treatment can vary depending on your symptoms. Remember not to take your antihistamine (Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra, Benadryl) for a few days before seeing your allergy doctor.
What are the symptoms of seasonal allergies?
- Runny nose or “stuffy” nose
- Itchy eyes
- Can make wheezing, coughing worse
- Post nasal drip
- Tired and fogginess from all the congestion
- If you have noticed you are getting a cold whenever there is a season change, chances are its allergies!
Also, allergies can affect the way you look. It can cause:
- Dark circles under your eyes, called allergic shiners, from the pooling of your sinuses
- Dennie-Morgan lines are creases under your eyes
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- A line on your nose called “allergic salute” from rubbing your nose too much
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UGH! Yes, allergies can wreak havoc on your health AND your beauty!
Treatment options will vary depending on how severe your allergies are. The only cure for respiratory allergens are allergy shots which include getting an injection of a small amount of what you are allergic to and increasing that amount each subsequent visit. There is the possibility of having an allergic reaction which is why your allergist will have you stay for 30 minutes after each injection for monitoring.
What can you do to help limit your allergies?
- Change your clothes and take a shower after you have been outside. This will help decrease the amount of pollen you are exposed to.
- Keep windows closed
- Vacuum carpet frequently
- Avoid outdoor activity early morning when pollen is at its peak
Your allergist can help you navigate through your allergies to help you feel your best! Please comment below if you have any questions!