As I write this post, I'm looking out at another inch of fresh fallen snow in my western Rockies home in Boise, Idaho. I have to say, spring—and spring allergies—seem very far off to me at this point.
But the fact is, trees will soon be starting to bloom in the southern, warmer area of the US. My daughters live in Austin, Texas, and they've already had some 70-degree plus days. With blooming trees, come tree pollen and spring allergies. Fun, fun.
So, if you live in warmer climes than I do, you may want to start thinking about your plan for dealing with this year's spring allergies. Or, if like me, you're still dealing with winter weather, you have a bit more time, but planning ahead never hurts.
What should you be doing? Well, the first step towards allergy control is to avoid your triggers as much as you can. If tree pollen is one of your triggers, then you'll want to keep an eye on the pollen count and stay indoors as much as possible on days when the pollen is flying. It's also wise to use a clothes dryer rather than hanging laundry outside to dry.
This is a good time, too, to think about seeing your doctor for a check up before spring allergies kick in. If you haven't been seeing an allergist, you might consider it. An allergist specializes in caring for people with allergies and may have fresh ideas about how to deal with yours.
Finally, be sure you have allergy medication on hand and start taking it a week or two before trees are due to begin blooming, so that it will have achieved full effect before your symptoms begin. With Claritin and Zyrtec being available over the counter now, getting the treatment you need should be no problem.
Alternatively, allergy shots might be considered if you are tired of having to worry about seasonal allergies. Allergy shots can help you slowly become immune to your triggers. An allergist can tell you more about that option, if you're interested.