Flowers have bloomed, the bees are buzzing, and we are starting to enjoy the warmer weather of spring. As we start to enjoy more outdoor activities, we may also begin to suffer from more allergy symptoms. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. Not only is your car covered in pollen, but your eyes are itching, your nose is congested, and you can’t stop sneezing. Allergy sufferers may not only experience physical symptoms, but also mental and functional declines that affect their everyday lives.
Allergy symptoms are caused by an overreaction of the immune system in response to an allergen. The allergen is usually just a harmless substance like pollen. One of the ways we can reduce the allergy burden is by avoiding contact with known allergens. Try to stay indoors when the allergens you are sensitive to are in peak season and keep your home clean. Pets may make this more difficult since they will track these things in as well. But if you know you have been exposed to an allergen you may want to remove and rinse off or wash any articles of clothing that came into contact with it.