Whether you believe it or not, there have been many indications that global warming is causing all kinds of climate change. In general, winters seem to be shortening in many areas and that spells an early start to spring allergies.
Just great, right?
My daughter lives in Austin, Texas, where winter temperatures seldom dip below 40 and even then, just for a few days each winter. So I suspect the green, growing things that spew pollen never completely go to rest as they do here in the north. But this year, it was already in the mid-80s -- in February! So, it's a sure bet that spring allergies are already starting there.
A newspaper report I read said that allergies are already bad in Oklahoma too. One of the reasons is cedar pollen allergies, which I wrote about in December. Cedar is a tree that pollinates during the winter and grows in the central and southwest areas of the U.S. So, certainly cedar pollen is part of the reason why people in those areas are already experiencing allergy symptoms.
But another reason is that spring starts earlier every year these days, and so do spring allergies. Even here in the north, we've had quite a few 50 degree days already. I can't remember ever having such warm weather in February in the past. I can see buds starting to form on the trees here, so I know my spring allergies can't be far behind.
So, What Are We Spring Allergy Sufferers to Do?
Well, first make sure you have your allergy treatment plan in gear. If you don't need to take allergy medicine in the winter (because you only have seasonal allergies), then break it out or get a new prescription filled. Though most of the newer antihistamines (Claritin, Allegra and Zyrtec) start providing some relief within hours, they won't hit their full potential for a week or more.
So, have that medicine ready and start taking it as soon as the weather starts warming where you live. That way, by the time pollen actually starts flying, you'll already be protected.
Take steps to avoid pollen the best you can. Cleaning up your personal environment is one of the most fruitful action steps you can take toward better allergy health. It's not easy, but you'll find a number of tips in these articles that will get you started on the right track:
- Spring Cleaning Tips for Allergy Sufferers
- 7 Tips for Surviving Spring Allergy Season
- Do You Know Your Pollen Count?
Hopefully, the world will begin to take steps toward halting global warming and minimizing climate change. When that happens, seasonal allergy sufferers may benefit as well as the environment. Let's hope so, anyway...
How are things in your neck of the woods? Use the comments link below to talk about your spring allergy season and also to offer any tips you may have that have proved helpful for you in keeping things under control. We welcome the discussion!
Published On: February 28, 2009