Spring season is always welcome because of its splendid climate and the fragrance of the blooming flowers all over the neighborhood. There are about 36 million people who suffer from spring allergy. For such people spring season is the most dreaded because of the abundance of pollen in the air during this season. By following a three prong approach with the help of your allergy doctor, sufferers of this allergy can be made happy and take part in the festivities to a lesser extent. Let us examine the approach.
Identify the allergens
Identifying the allergens is not an easy task. It is not a difficult task also. If you contact a good allergy doctor he will be able to pin point the exact allergen by conducting a series of skin tests. In these tests small quantities of the probable allergens are introduced in the body of the patient one by one and tested. Most often the allergens for spring allergy are pollen and some combination of indoor pollutants like dust, mold, mildew spores etc.
Control the symptoms
There are different ways for controlling the symptoms and this will help very much in managing the spring allergy. Symptoms like coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose etc can be put under control by over the counter medications like antihistamines, decongestants etc. Another approach is to use medicines that can help in reducing the sensitivity related to the allergen. Cromolyn sodium, Leukotrience etc is some such medicines. Your allergist may also recommend immunotherapy. In this process injection of the allergens are given slowly increasing the dosage in a planned manner. Immunotherapy has been found to produce different results in different persons.
Once your allergist has found out the allergen that causes allergy in you, try to avoid them and do not come in contact with it. The most prevalent time of the allergen will be specified by the allergist. Pollen is abundant during the morning and during dry windy days. Daily weather forecast in your neighborhood will specify the time when pollen will be in abundance in the air. Keeping yourself shut in your room will not be enough to secure you from pollen. Pollen may enter your room through pets, through your hair and through packages, fur cloths etc. If you are able to keep a close watch on these potential dangers you will be able to get out of the problems related to spring allergy to some extent. Discuss this with an allergy specialist doctor.