Flowers and trees and grasses, oh my! If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, you’re probably gearing up for a very challenging time of year. Those few weeks of April when the weather turns warm can lead to endless sneezing, sniffling and watery eyes.
If you’ve been keeping track of the news, you may have heard the phrase “pollen vortex” tossed around in prediction of the coming allergy season. (It certainly doesn’t sound good!) Here’s what you need to know about the “pollen vortex” and what allergy sufferers can expect.
Pollen and the Lingering Winter
Even those brave souls who love winter have to admit that this year’s season was a long one. This wasn’t only uncomfortable; weather experts say that it could lead to a severe pollen burst they’re calling the “pollen vortex.”
Basically, the lingering cold temperatures and snowstorms into late March caused a delay in the blooming of trees — which means trees could go into bloom at the same time as grasses. As a result, allergy sufferers should prepare themselves for what could be a major pollen punch as soon as temperatures turn warm.
A Few Ways to Keep Pollen At Bay
There a few simple ways you can minimize your exposure to this possible pollen storm. If you know you’re a spring allergy sufferer, be sure to:
- Change your clothes when you come in from outside, in order to avoid carrying pollen around your home.
- Wash your hair before getting into bed! If you have pollen in your hair, laying your head on a pillow could bring the pollen into contact with your face.
- Keep track of daily pollen counts using this site. If the daily count is severe, stay inside, close the windows, and turn on the air conditioner.
- Always dry clothes inside, not on a line.
See An Experienced Allergy Specialist
If your spring allergies are severe, the best thing you can do for yourself is consult with an allergy specialist. Knowing exactly which allergens trigger your reactions can aid with the avoidance of those triggers, and the treatment options far surpass over-the-counter solutions.
At Lyceum Physical Medicine, we offer an array of allergy tests and treatments, from shots to needle-free homeopathic therapies. Why suffer through a season you should be celebrating? Contact us today to schedule a consultation in our convenient Roxborough location.