By Dr. Nina Radcliff
With Spring’s temperatures warming up, you may find yourself among the estimated 50 million people throughout our nation afflicted with puffy, itchy eyes; a scratchy throat; sneezing and coughing; or even shortness of breath. Reports are that local hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices are seeing high volumes of people suffering from allergies this season. And those with asthma may find seasonal allergies are making their condition harder to control. Also if you think you are immune to allergies but have noticed some of these symptoms, understand this….allergies can begin at any point in your life.
During this time of the year, major allergy triggers are often related to tree and flower pollination that occurs in the Spring. These pollens are often lightweight and can travel significant distances, often ending up in people’s noses and mouths.
And as much as we enjoy the charms of spring, seasonal allergies — also called hay fever and allergic rhinitis — can make you feel miserable. Add to this, allergies can affect your quality of your life—sinus infections, disrupting sleep, and ability to perform well on projects at work or in school. While there is no known cure for allergies, they can be managed through prevention and treatment. So, if you are – or someone you love is — battling allergies, here are some tips to help alleviate symptoms and manage seasonal allergies. [Read more…]