You can finally put those puffy winter coats in storage, but you better get out those tissues. According to the New York Daily News, allergists say we have the long, cold winter to thank for what is shaping up to be a particularly crippling allergy season. So, what’s an allergy sufferer to do when the pollen strikes?
Don’t be stoic. Without treatment, allergies may worsen over time and can spread deep into the lungs, putting you at an increased risk for asthma. For mild to moderate allergies, drugs―some prescription, some over-the-counter―are usually enough. “The earlier you hit the medicine cabinet, the better your results,” says Daniel Ein, an allergist at George Washington University, in Washington, D.C. Consider taking something before going outside, or consistently treat yourself before the start of the season.
To better manage your allergies, keep tabs on the weather forecast, pollen index, and any symptoms you’ve experienced using a free app like Zyrtec Allergy Cast. And, if those over-the-counter meds aren’t helping, use a service like ZocDoc to find and book an appointment at a nearby allergist.