Avoiding the Plague, a.k.a this Terrible Allergy Season

Spring allergies this year has made its mark, and not in the best way.

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Spring allergies this year has made its mark, and not in the best way.

Grace Faulhaber, Deputy Editor

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As you walk down the hallway, I can guarantee you will be greeted by the sounds of sneezing, coughing, and complaining about itchy, red eyes; tickled throats; and headaches. Yes, allergies greet us with their presence every year, but this particular year has affected a larger percent of the population than usual, and here’s why.

According to Doctor Purvi Parikh, New York allergist and immunologist, the fluctuation of temperature and increased precipitation has made for a longer allergy season and increased pollen production. Spring pollen typically begins late winter and continues through late spring, but in recent decades it has started up to two weeks earlier. Florida and Georgia were allegedly hit the hardest with their unusually early warm weather. This sadly means that your sneezing will last longer, and your eyes will remain puffy.

Don’t worry though, here are some simple precautions that can be taken to reduce the effects of this terrible allergy season:

1. Postpone outdoor activities to later in the day due to high amounts of pollen present early in the morning. The ideal time would be around 5 or 6 p.m.

 

2. Make sure to keep your windows closed when you are sleeping because the pollen count is especially bad in the early hours of the morning.

 

3. After a long day full of outdoor activities, wash your clothes immediately after you hop into the shower because pollen tends to linger on clothes.

 

4. Take your allergy medication before it is too late. Treat your symptoms early on maybe even before becoming symptomatic so you can recover faster! If you aren’t used to taking medication for your allergies, you may want to talk to your doctor and decide which regimen will relieve your symptoms the fastest.