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Don’t let sneezy sniffles sully your Spring season!
From symptoms to potential solutions, we touch base on preparing for Spring seasonal allergies. Know what to expect and what options are available to help stay healthy as the allergens come in full force.
Season of Sniffles
The bright Spring can bring out not just fun times but also a lot of allergic reactions that dampens anybody’s mood.
The burst of pollen in the air that Spring brings affects more than 50 million Americans according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, each year with an area of effect that can reach across the country from coast to coast.
With the different climates around the country, Spring and consequently the Spring allergy season starts differently from area to area but can be as early as February and go as late as Summer!
If you’re looking for Fall allergy information click here.
Sneezing, Snot, Snafus
The familiar Spring symptoms of seasonal allergy or allergic rhinitis include:
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Post-nasal drip or drainage
- Itchy sinuses, throat, or ear canals
While children experience similarly but also differently with:
- Sneezing, coughing, a runny nose, or itchy eyes
- Difficulty breathing (asthma)
- Skin rashes or hives (atopic dermatitis or eczema)
- Stomach upset
And it’s not just pollen allergies at play; allergic rhinitis in the Spring can be caused specifically by tree pollens, grass pollens, molds, and dust mites.
Here’s some of the types of grasses and trees that are allergenic:
A dozen types of mold are allergenic, but molds could be found in quite a lot of places, from rotting logs, fallen leaves, and constantly moist places in the kitchen, bathroom, and basement. Molds can exist all season but their spores can saturate the air indoors in Spring like pollen does outdoors.
Dust mites can exist in even the most immaculately clean homes, most especially in beds. The go-to strategy for mitigating dust mite allergy symptoms is to give the house a good Spring cleaning and maybe more than once this season with more rambunctious members of the family sauntering outdoors, and more so when you have pets.
Different conditions exist in the cold, so if you’re looking for Winter allergy information, check here.
The most common solutions include over-the-counter medication for some instant relief such as antihistamines, nasal decongestants, and steroid nasal sprays.
The above also applies to children but caution must be taken with the dosing as overdosing can happen more easily.
Ideally, avoiding the causes and triggers of allergies would help in the long term, and the recommendation of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology is to have Consultation, Testing, then Treatment.
Support and Supplementation
For more proactive steps in boosting your immune system, Orthomolecular D-Hist has a blend of powerful flavonoids, antioxidants, and enzymes that are meant to help provide comprehensive support on seasonal changes.
And for natural Spring allergy symptom relief, then Thorne Quercenase may help by reducing the reactions (swelling, etc.) with a combination of quercetin and bromelain.
A Spring seasonal support suitable for kids’ tastes and dosage requirements is D-Hist Jr. Seasonal Support for Kids.
Natural D-Hist is a targeted blend of flavonoids, antioxidants, proteolytic enzymes and botanicals designed to provide comprehensive support for seasonal challenges caused by common environmental allergens.
D-Hist Jr. is a great-tasting, chewable tablet that includes a targeted blend of flavonoids, antioxidants, proteolytic enzymes and botanicals designed to provide comprehensive support for children with seasonal challenges caused by common environmental allergens.
Eastern States Compounding Pharmacy can combine antibiotic, antifungal, and corticosteroid ingredients into custom medications to fit each and every patient’s specific needs. Topical sinus therapy solutions allow healthcare providers the freedom to prescribe medication to best provide their patients with the most relief.
What else can compounding do for allergy suffers? Ask your doctor about alternatives through compounding and find out more about Eastern States Pharmacy here.