Summer has officially begun you can finally celebrate the fact that warmer temperatures are here and the flowers and trees are back in bloom. Yet while you may be looking forward to time at the beach or picnics in the park, you may be brought down by seasonal allergies instead.
Pollen is not the only culprit. Grass, trees, and weeds can all contribute to symptoms like watery and itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing and fatigue. While you may be wondering how it's possible to have a cold in the middle of spring, you may actually be experiencing an allergic reaction.
Unfortunately, this year may be one for the books. Allergists are reporting high counts of pollen and other allergens in the air. In addition, the season is expected to be warmer and to last longer than usual. That means that many people will be subjected to the irritating allergens for a longer time, suffering from sometimes disabling symptoms for longer.
If you are unsure if your symptoms are caused by allergies or a health condition like a cold or flu, the best way to find out is to visit an experienced allergist. You can be tested for common allergens to learn about which triggers are most troubling for you. While you can't do anything about the pollen, grass and other irritants in the air, you can be better prepared when the season rolls around and can better understand how to treat your symptoms.
Limiting time outside is one way to manage your symptoms, but it's not an ideal one. You can also take over-the-counter or prescription medications that can counteract the allergic reaction in your body. You can't cure the problem, but you can treat it so that you can enjoy the spring breeze and the sunny days.
Use our resources section to find additional information on treating allergies or locating an allergist in your area.