Spring is the season when many plants are reproducing, which can make it a difficult time of year for those who suffer from spring allergies. Trees, grasses, and weeds release pollen grains into the air to fertilize similar plants. Pollen seeds can travel for miles. This can be problematic as pollen is one of the biggest springtime allergy triggers.
Spring Allergy Culprits
Pollen seeds drifting about in the wind is the number one spring allergy culprit. Spring pollination normally occurs between January and May each year in California. The trees that cause the most misery during spring allergy season are ash, eucalyptus, mulberry, olive, oak, sycamore, and walnut. Grass pollen begins in the late spring as well but is in full force during the summer allergy season.
The weather directly affects the amount of pollen in the air. On windy days, pollen can be thicker and travel farther. Likewise, on rainy days, pollen does not have the same capacity for movement, so symptoms lessen. Smog is another environmental factor that can contribute to springtime allergies.
Allergy sufferers can track the level of pollen in the air through the National Allergy Bureau™. An arm of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, it is a trusted source for accurate pollen and mold levels across the globe.
Signs of Spring Allergies
Our immune systems are designed to protect us against enemy invaders. Usually, these intruders are germs that can cause illness. Sometimes, however, our bodies misinterpret harmless particles like pollen seeds and launch into a full-blown response to protect our bodies.
It can be difficult to tell the difference between a cold and allergies since many of the symptoms are similar. Colds generally clear up within 7 to 10 days, while allergies will persist as long as you are in contact with the allergen triggering your immune response.
Itchy, watery eyes and sneezing are common allergy symptoms, especially when pollen is thick in the air. But they are not the only signs that you may be suffering from spring allergies. Other signs include:
- Bloodshot eyes, especially if the eyes are itchy and the person rubs them a lot to seek relief.
- Congestion or runny nose – or both – are other tell-tale signs of allergies.
- Dark circles under the eyes that do not clear up with a restful night’s sleep. These kinds of dark circles are sometimes called “allergic shiners.” They are caused by swelling and discoloration when the small blood vessels underneath the skin become congested.
- Sneezing is the nose’s way of protecting against irritants that enter the nasal passages.
- Coughing and a sore throat are two more signs that allergies have taken hold.
- Rashes, eczema, hives, and contact dermatitis can occur when a person’s skin comes into contact with a known allergen.
Diagnosing and Treating Springtime Allergies
Most springtime allergy symptoms do not require a visit to the doctor. If you find yourself dealing with these signs and symptoms without any relief, it may be time to consult with the springtime allergy specialists at Eldahmy Wellness. We can discuss your symptoms and determine if over-the-counter treatments are right for you. In most cases, OTC medications are sufficient for getting your spring allergies in check. If your allergies symptoms are more severe – such as difficulty breathing or severe rashes – we may recommend a visit to your primary care physician for further evaluation and care.
Treatment of Spring Allergies
Some allergens incite a mild reaction, while others cause the equivalent of a five-alarm fire in your immune system. Mild to moderate allergies are generally treated in one of several ways.
- Antihistamines block the histamines your body produces when exposed to allergens. A histamine reaction is a part of the body’s natural defense response, but it can cause uncomfortable symptoms. Histamines make the tissue in your nose swell. They can also cause your eyes to itch and water and become red in appearance. There are over-the-counter and prescription antihistamines available.
- Decongestants are useful for allergy sufferers who become congested or have sinus pressure and pain from congestion around the eyes. There are prescription and over-the-counter options.
- Steroid nasal sprays work well for swollen nasal passages by reducing the swelling and making it easier for the sufferer to breathe. Prescription and OTC versions are available.
- Allergy eye drops can treat itchy, red eyes that are swollen from allergen exposure. It is important to note they only relieve the symptoms and do not offer protection against future flare-ups as antihistamines do.
- Allergy shots are usually the last resort for allergy sufferers who do not experience sufficient relief from other treatment options. An allergy and immunology specialist formulates the amount of an allergen to inject into your body to slowly expose your immune system. It is intended to build immunity over time. While not a cure, allergy shots can help lessen the severity of symptoms.
If your allergy is severe enough to cause anaphylaxis, you may be a candidate for an Epinephrine Auto-Injector, also known as an EpiPen®. Eldahmy Wellness carries these and other spring allergy treatments. Whether over-the-counter or prescription strength, our team can provide dosage information and recommendations to avoid harmful interactions with other medications or supplements you are taking.
Benefits of Using a Compounding Pharmacy
Eldahmy Wellness Pharmacy is a compounding pharmacy. The compounding process can remove harmful ingredients from medicines during the distillation process. At Eldahmy Wellness, we compound drugs based on the medical history of the patient. We take into account any fillers or binders to which patients may be allergic, as well as any other unique medical needs or preferences an individual may have. Taking a medication that prevents springtime allergies from flaring but causes other allergic reactions or unpleasant side effects is not beneficial to the patient. We help avoid complications and the risk of side effects with our compounding procedures.
Consult The Spring Allergy Specialists At Eldahmy Wellness Pharmacy For Treatment Today!
Our team of professionals at Eldahmy Wellness is here to help ease your suffering during spring allergy season. Stop by or contact us online for a free consultation, or to fill your prescription or over-the-counter needs for allergy season.