The longest season in the South is upon us. And no, we don’t mean summer. We’re talking about allergy season. It begins when the leaves start turning green and lasts for months. You may not be surprised to learn that Jackson, Mississippi is the #2 most challenging city to live with spring allergies. The good news is, you don’t have to endure this long season suffering from your allergy symptoms. You can visit TrustCare at one of our many convenient locations to learn more about allergy testing and treatment so that you can Feel Better Faster.
Why Are Allergies So Prevalent in the Spring?
Tree pollen is one of the biggest reasons millions of Americans experience uncomfortable allergy symptoms in the spring. In the South, many trees begin pollinating in January before the leaves develop and continue producing pollen until late June. Wind pollinating trees such as ash, hickory, oak, elm, beech, birch, cottonwood, sycamore, and maple may be in your backyard, so pay attention to pollen counts and consider an indoor activity to reduce unwelcome symptoms.
What Are Allergy Symptoms?
Allergy symptoms are also known as “hay fever.” For most people, this includes itchy, watery eyes, nasal congestion, runny nose, and frequent sneezing. Chest congestion and coughing or wheezing are also common. In some cases, eyes can become red and swollen, or you may feel that your mouth and ears are itchy. Some people have allergic asthma and will have increased asthma symptoms during the months that tree pollinate. Sinus symptoms are common because tree pollen is so fine. The wind carries it into your sinuses, lungs, and eyes, and unfortunately, you cannot prevent it.
Should I Be Tested for Allergies?
If you suffer year after year from allergy symptoms, it’s time to get tested. You can schedule an appointment at TrustCare to determine your allergy sensitivity. Using the latest technology, we can test your allergy to 36 regionally specific environmental allergens and 25 food allergens. Our method—the Hitachi allergy analyzer—is a blood test that provides fast and effective results. Once we identify your specific allergy combination, we can establish a treatment plan to help ward off symptoms and make the allergy season far from miserable.
What Are Treatment Options?
For those with mild symptoms, over-the-counter medications may be sufficient. A decongestant, nasal spray, or antihistamine can be recommended. In more severe cases, a prescription will be necessary. Taking allergy medicine prior to the pollen season will help curb symptoms before they begin. If your symptoms are not alleviated through medication, your doctor may recommend allergy drops. These are a safe and successful alternative to allergy shots. Allergy drops are convenient for you to take at home, they can potentially treat the widest range of allergy conditions, and can even reduce your need for long-term allergy medications.
You can also reduce your symptoms by simply paying attention. Educate yourself about the pollen counts in your area and learn which trees produce the most pollen during a certain time of day. If you know you are allergic to oak pollen and you learn that oak pollen is highest in the morning, you’ll plan your outdoor activities in the afternoon. Avoid pets that spend a lot of time outdoors and make sure you change and wash your clothes after you’ve been outside. While avoiding tree pollen is extremely difficult, you can manage your symptoms when you adhere to the right treatment plan.
If you experience allergy symptoms and you haven’t been tested, it’s time to visit us at TrustCare. Every location is open seven days a week with convenient hours that fit into your schedule. You can walk in to one of our locations today and begin to Feel Better Faster.