While some people are still shoveling snow, many Americans are facing yet another blow from the weather just in time for spring – a sudden explosion of pollen for what’s expected to be a particularly nasty allergy season.

March is not going out like a lamb, and we can already tell that this spring’s wacky weather is keep-spring-allergies-in-check-afc-urgent-care-danbuygoing to be wreaking havoc on allergy sufferers, as our Danbury, New Britain and West Hartford urgent care centers are already seeing patients flock in for some allergy relief.

 

How to Keep Spring allergies in check During Severe Season:

  • Priming Effect: The Priming Effect occurs when temperatures rocket up and plunge quickly in a short amount of time. Cold in the morning, hot in the afternoon? Sounds familiar, right? The constantly changing temperatures cause your body to rev up the immune system meaning people are hyper-sensitive to the new pollen – this causes increased sensitivity and more suffering once the allergens are released.
  • Warm Winters: Warm certainly isn’t something you think of when talking about winter. But warmer winters are just as much a part of allergy season as other factors. The National Climatic Data Center found that January 2017 was the second warmest month on record, on a global scale. The record-breaking snow totals also cause stress for plants, which leads to more flowers and fewer leaves. What does that mean? More pollen!
  • Hot Summers: Summer heat can trigger stronger pollen seasons the following spring, with grass and tree pollen levels skyrocketing.

With all the allergy issue potential out there, it’s important to know how to protect yourself, particularly if you’re sensitive to pollen. Here are a few things that can help cut down on the severity of allergies, and keep spring allergies in check so that you can still enjoy the spring season:

  • If you’ve been outside, take a shower before you go to bed and change into fresh clothes so you don’t bring pollen onto your sheets that may have clung to your skin, hair or clothes.
  • Limit outdoor activity to late afternoon – pollen counts are highest in the morning.
  • It’s best to go outside after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air.
  • Keep car and home windows closed and opt for air condition at night to keep pollen out.
  • Change your bedding and pillow covers often.
  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter

 

Enjoying warmer weather is one of the best things about spring, so go ahead and smell the flowers! Just remember that our providers at AFC Danbury are here for allergy relief if you need us.

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