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Common Spring Allergies and What You Can Do to Relieve Symptoms

It’s easy to get excited about spring after the cold nights and short days of winter. The return of the sun and warmer temperatures are good for your spirit as the cycle of life renews for another year. 

However, that cycle includes pollen. If you’re allergic to pollen, it sends your immune system into overdrive, enough to take some of the sunny edge off the longer, warmer days.

Common spring allergies

Springtime is all about renewal and new growth, and since pollen is the substance that triggers plant reproduction, it makes sense that the air is full of it in the spring months. It’s no surprise, then, that pollen is the major seasonal allergen at work.

With the melting snow, flooding rivers, and April showers, damp conditions also promote the growth of molds, which release spores as part of their reproductive process. Until the sunny days of late spring bring drier conditions, mold may also kick-start your allergy symptoms.

If you’re not sure what is making your eyes itch and your nose run, it’s time to book an allergy test with the closest location of Lakeshore Ear, Nose & Throat Center. Knowing what to avoid is the first step. Further treatments such as histamine medications and allergy shots may also ease your seasonal suffering.

The proliferation of pollen

Allergies are all a case of mistaken identity. There’s nothing inherently harmful about pollen or mold. The issue comes from your immune system’s inappropriate responses when these substances enter the body of someone with allergic sensitivity. Chemical false alarms start to fly, as your body mistakes pollen for an intruder that may threaten your health.

Trees, weeds, grasses, and flowers all use pollen to reproduce, and the warmer days of spring send these pollen factories into overdrive. In Michigan, common allergy producers include:

Coping with spring allergies

Despite all the warm, fresh air filling the spring months, loads of pollen temper the excitement of better weather. It’s hard to keep the windows closed in your home or car, but avoidance is the first line of defense if you have pollen sensitivity. Other steps you can take to reduce allergic reactions include:

The doctors at Lakeshore Ear, Nose & Throat Center take your seasonal allergies seriously. Whether for testing or treatment, contact your nearest office and request an appointment by phone or online. Spring is too short to suffer. Schedule your consultation today.

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