An outburst of pollen can make life miserable for seasonal allergy sufferers. Vibrant fields abundant with plants – or fall forests ablaze with color – can cause allergy symptoms in nearly one out of six Wisconsin adults and children.
Itchy eyes and noses. Watery eyes. Runny, sneezy, stuffy noses and sinuses. The discomfort can make it difficult to function, sleep or even see clearly. If you’re affected with seasonal allergies, don’t despair. There is help.
Some peoples’ immune systems are overly sensitive to pollens and molds naturally found outdoors. They go into overdrive trying to rid the body of pesky allergens by sneezing and sniffling. (Dust mites and animal dander can trigger the same response indoors.)
Outdoor allergy triggers are seasonal and depend on where you live. Trees, grasses and weeds all produce pollens during different seasons. As a result, seasonal allergies occur at different times of the year for different people, depending on which pollens they are allergic to.
In Wisconsin, tree pollen counts are high in the spring; grass in the summer; and mold, ragweed and weeds in the fall. You can track pollen counts near you here.
Tips for living with allergies
You can take steps to make allergy season more livable:
Once you have a seasonal allergy – no matter what your age – it’s unlikely to go away. Year after year it will flare up when the pollens that plague you start blowing in the breezes. For many people, seeing a doctor who specializes in treating allergies can make living with seasonal allergies more bearable.
An allergist can help by:
So if you’re really bothered by allergy symptoms and over-the-counter medications aren’t effective, don’t suffer with sniffles and sneezes. Make an appointment with an allergist today.