Spring allergies are ready to strike

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Sneezing, itching, watery eyes! Spring allergies will come on strong starting in March, if they haven’t already! But, if you or your kids suffer from these dreaded symptoms, allergy experts say there are some things you can do that truly offer relief.

Since peak pollination for plants is typically in the morning, plan your outside activities in the afternoon or evening. Also, wash your hair and body at the end of each day before bedtime. Doing so helps to remove pollen that has collected on you during the day. And, probably the most significant allergy prevention tip: control the environment around you!

“That could be as easy as keeping the windows closed, even when that spring air is beginning to draft through. Same thing when driving, keep windows rolled up and use your central air and heating in both your vehicle and in your car.” -Dr. John Anderson, MD, Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center

If these tips don’t help control your allergy symptoms this spring, doctors say there are plenty of good medications available, including a new nasal allergy spray called “Nasacort” which is now available without a prescription. If medications don’t work, it may be time to ask your doctor about allergy testing and shots.

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