Every year, allergy sufferers get it handed to them in spring. As they seek to breathe the fresh air and enjoy the season, pollen and other allergens have another idea.
Even though seasonal allergies come annually, they can still cause many surprises, particularly as many are still focused on the pandemic. If you’ve got COVID on your mind, you might not be thinking about spring allergies when the symptoms show up.
Getting ahead of allergy symptoms could be one of the best ways to give your immune system some added support. Stock up on any allergy medications you take, and perhaps book an appointment with your doctor to identify allergies and develop a treatment plan.
Some suggest starting to take allergy medications a few weeks before the season, mainly because climate change may lead to an earlier appearance of symptoms.
Allergies are your body’s natural response to certain compounds. If you’re sensitive to tree pollen, for example, your immune system activates when you breathe it in. The results can be a runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, headaches, coughing, or fatigue.
And that can make things a little scary during a pandemic. Many of those symptoms are similar to the omicron COVID-19 variant. One key difference is that a COVID infection is likely to cause a fever, a rare symptom for most allergies.
Here are a few things to remember if you suffer from seasonal allergies:
- Keep home and car windows closed. You may be tempted to open them up for some fresh warm air, but it’s a bad idea if you’ve got a pollen allergy.
- Wash hands and a face when you come indoors. If allergies are serious, change and wash clothing.
- Identify allergy triggers
- Talk to your doctor about treatment options, including immunotherapy.