Most areas in the United States had fairly mild winters this year, with lots of warm temperatures and less precipitation than is usual. It was definitely that way here in Boise, I know! In fact, many areas, even in places like the Great Lakes states, New England and the mountain west are already experiencing 50 and 60 degree daytime temps!
While that may seem wonderful to those of us tired of dreary winter skies and ready for fun outdoor activities in the sun, be aware that an early spring can also bring with it an early nasal allergy season. And that's not such great news.
Here in Boise, I haven't seen any trees budding yet, but my crocuses are up, so I'm certain that the trees won't be too far behind. Tree pollen levels always begin to rise during early spring, and this year, we may even be seeing peak levels in some areas of the country within the next few weeks.
So now is the time to start taking your antihistamine, if you had stopped it during the winter. Although antihistamines do provide immediate relief even with the first dose, they won't reach peak effectiveness until you take them for a few days. So starting them before you begin to have symptoms can actually help prevent the onset of symptoms as pollen levels go up. Even at worse, the medicine should help reduce the severity of any symptoms you do have.
What's the Best Medicine to Take for Spring Allergies?
There are a lot of choices when it comes to treating and preventing spring allergy symptoms. Personally, I prefer Allegra, or its generic equivalent, fexofenadine. But others find different medicines work better for them.
Take a Refresher Course in Pollen
This is also the time to refresh your knowledge on pollen -- what it is, where you'll find it, and how to best avoid it.
Check out my post on Understanding and Treating Pollen Allergy to learn more about what you need to know this spring.
For those who suffer from seasonal allergies, spring can herald a return of those annoying symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, congestion and itchy eyes. And even for those of us who suffer year round with nasal allergies, spring can mean a significant worsening of symptoms.
So prepare in advance, while there is still time, and fight back against those pesky spring allergies! We can do it!