We love springtime as much as the next person, but unfortunately many folks in the northeast are facing yet another blow from the otherwise beautiful weather: a sudden explosion of pollen is here, and along with it a particularly nasty spring allergy season. Not to be the bearer of bad news, but we can already tell that this spring’s weather is going 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, we want to show you exactly how to combat allergy season.
Why is spring allergy season affecting me?
Here are just a few reasons why this allergy season may be affecting you so severely:
- 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, in turn 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.
How can I prepare for spring allergy season?
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 allergy season, and keep spring allergies in check so that you can fully enjoy the 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 actually highest in the morning.
- It’s best to go outside after a good rain, as rain helps clear pollen from the air.
- Keep your car and house windows closed and instead 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 all three of our AFC Danbury Urgent Care Centers are here for the duration of allergy season, and relief if you need us. Save time, and register online!