The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the newly-bloomed flowers are swaying in the breeze. It’s a beautiful spring day! At least it seems to be as you look out the closed window in your living room.
Now that the temperature is rising, so is the pollen count. And as much as you want to enjoy the nice weather, your allergies to trees, grasses and pollen are making it very difficult. If you are one of the 58 million people who suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis (otherwise known as hay fever or allergies), you know that springtime can mean the following things:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Dark circles under the eyes
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), the following climate factors influence the severity of your allergies:
- Tree, grass and ragweed pollens thrive during cool nights and warm days.
- Molds grow quickly in heat and high humidity.
- Pollen levels tend to peak in the morning hours.
- Rain washes pollen away, but pollen counts can soar after rainfall.
- On a day with no wind, airborne allergens are grounded, but when the day is windy and warm, pollen counts surge.
The ACAAI also offers some suggestions for dealing with your allergy symptoms:
- Monitor pollen and mold counts.
- Keep windows and doors shut at home and in your car.
- Stay inside midday and during the afternoon, when pollen counts are highest.
- Take a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes after you’ve been working or playing outdoors.
- Wear a NIOSH-rated 95 filter mask when mowing the lawn or doing other chores outdoors.
Of course you can take over-the-counter or prescription medicine as well to relieve your symptoms. These include:
Following the suggestions above is a lot of work, and all of this treatment can take a toll on you, physically, emotionally and financially. But if you can’t get rid of the elements that cause your allergies, what choice do you have than to suffer, go to extreme lengths for relief, or just hide inside behind closed windows for the next couple of months?
Well, you could schedule an appointment at CT Sinus Center with one of our expert physicians whose patient-centered approach and up-to-date treatment methods will get you ready to head back out into the great outdoors — in as little as one day. Whether you undergo Balloon Sinus Dilation, an in-house process in which a small balloon is inflated in the nasal cavity under local anesthesia, or Turbinate Reductions, an outpatient surgical process in which soft tissue is removed during an outpatient surgical process, your seasonal allergies will be a thing of the past, making stepping outside a breath of fresh air.
Now that it looks like spring may be here to stay — don’t quote us on that — make sure you don’t miss a single nice day because of your allergies. There are too many baseball games, walks, bike rides, picnic, “fill in the blanks” to fit in over the next couple of months. Call (860) BALLOON today to see how we can help you spring back into enjoying the season.
For more information on all things sinus- and allergy-related, visit the CT Sinus Center website and blogs.