Spring time is a time when the grass starts turning green, plants begin to bud, and when some people suffer from allergies. If you experience coughing, sneezing, or itchy eyes you're not alone. 40 million Americans are affected by seasonal allergies.
"Probably within the last week or so, we started to get tree pollen and each individual species of tree pollinates for about two weeks,” said Dr. Martin Voss of Midelfort Clinic.
The tree season goes through May and is considered to be one of the worst allergy seasons.
“Usually the target organs are the nose, the eyes, and then with about a third of them, it will also activate asthma."
Doctors say the best way to avoid the symptoms is to stay inside, but that's not realistic for most people. So taking prescription or over-the-counter anti-histamines is the next best thing.
"All the medicines work better to prevent it than they do to treat it once the horse is out of the barn sort to speak."
Allergy sufferers can also minimize outdoor activity during peak pollen times which are between 10 am and 4pm. Shut windows in your home on days pollen counts are high.
Dry laundry indoors because sheets hanging outside can collect pollen. And shower and wash your hair before going to bed because pollen can accumulate on hair and skin.
Allergy sufferers can have symptoms lasting all through the summer and if that's the case, following these tips might make the season a little easier for them.