What allergists want you to know about the 2022 spring allergy season

Newswise – ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Illinois (February 22, 2022) – Spring allergies are an old story – but the ferocity with which they land can sometimes come as a surprise to those who suffer from allergy symptoms.

“People are still thinking about Covid,” says allergist Mark Corbett, MD, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). “They may not think about spring allergies, so the symptoms can sneak up on them. One of the most important tools to combat spring allergies is to get ahead of the symptoms. Start taking your allergy medication two to three weeks before your itching and sneezing normally start And keep in mind that due to climate change, symptoms may appear even earlier than usual.”

Below are five tips from ACAAI to prepare for the onslaught of this year’s spring allergy season.

  1. Covid is still in play – As much as everyone wishes Covid was gone, it is still present and some Covid symptoms resemble allergy symptoms. Both Covid and allergies can be accompanied by coughing, fatigue and headaches. In addition, the Omicron variant in particular can cause more nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, postnasal drainage and symptoms of a sinus infection. However, allergies rarely involve a fever. If you think it’s Covid, get tested ASAP. If it’s not Covid and your symptoms have been dragging on for a while, see an allergist who can run tests to see if you might be suffering from seasonal allergies.
  2. Not all medications are created equal – If you have used pseudoephedrine for your allergies in the past and found it effective, know that it has side effects. Pseudoephedrine is popular because it helps clear congestion, especially stuffy noses, but it’s the main ingredient in methamphetamine – commonly known as “meth.” Pseudoephedrine has side effects such as insomnia, loss of appetite, irritability and heart palpitations and should not be taken if you are pregnant. It is available by prescription only or by special request from a pharmacist, depending on what state you are in.
  3. It’s worth identifying your allergy triggers – Not everyone is allergic to the same things. So seasonal allergies can look different for different people. Know what your triggers are to treat them appropriately. The “launch” of spring allergy season depends on where you live. That’s one reason to see your allergist to determine when your symptoms may begin. Due to climate change, most of the Southeast is now seeing spring in January. Talk to your allergist if over-the-counter medications don’t help.
  4. Take a deep breath – or don’t – As tempting as it is in the spring to throw open the windows and get some fresh air, if you are allergic to pollen, it is better to keep the windows closed. A breeze and open windows can bring in unwanted pollen that can flare up your allergies. Use your air conditioning in both your home and car to keep pollen out of your environment.
  5. Consult your allergist early in the season – Allergists are specially trained to help you get tested, treated and get better. They have many tools in their arsenal to deal with symptoms, including immunotherapy. One of the best ways to tackle your allergens is through immunotherapy. Immunotherapy — allergy shots or tablets — is designed to target your exact triggers and can significantly reduce the severity of your symptoms. Allergy shots and tablets may also prevent the development of asthma in some children with seasonal allergies.

If you’re experiencing nasal allergy symptoms and your regular treatments aren’t working, it’s time to see a board-certified allergist. They are specially trained to help you manage your allergies and asthma so you can live the life you want. Find an allergist near you with the ACAAI allergist locator.

About ACAI

The ACAAI is a professional medical organization of more than 6,000 allergist-immunologists and allied health professionals, headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois. care, education, advocacy and research. ACAAI allergists are board-certified physicians trained to diagnose allergies and asthma, administer immunotherapy, and provide patients with the best treatment outcomes. For more information and to find relief, visit AllergyandAsthmaRelief.org. Follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.

What allergists want you to know about the 2022 spring allergy season

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