Allergies: Spring’s Unwelcome Guests

April 10, 2024

By Jesse Smith Nurse Practitioner at Parke Health Center

With the arrival of spring, many of us welcome the return of warm weather and blooming flowers. However, for some, spring also means the return of seasonal allergies. These allergies can put a damper on the joy of the season. To help you better understand and manage spring allergies, we turned to the local medical providers at Parke Health, Stratton Medical Clinic and the Kit Carson County Specialty clinic.

Here’s what you need to know about spring allergies and how to manage them effectively:

Common Allergens in Spring: Spring allergies are often triggered by pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds. Mold spores can also be a culprit, especially in damp or humid conditions.

Symptoms of Spring Allergies: Typical symptoms include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, itchy or watery eyes, and sometimes coughing and wheezing.

Prevention and Management:

Know Your Triggers: If you’re unsure about your specific allergens, consult with an allergist like Kit Carson County’s specialty clinic has Dr. Rumbyrt, Allergist and Asthma specialist for testing.

Monitor Pollen Counts: Pay attention to local pollen forecasts and try to limit outdoor activities on high pollen days.

Use Allergy Medications: Over-the-counter antihistamines and nasal corticosteroids can help relieve symptoms. Consult your healthcare provider for personalized recommendations.

Keep Indoor Spaces Clean: Regularly clean your home to reduce indoor allergen exposure. Change furnace and air conditioner filter regularly. Consider using air purifiers and keeping windows closed on high pollen days.

For severe symptoms consider Immunotherapy, allergen immunotherapy can provide long-term relief by desensitizing your immune system to specific allergens.

By taking proactive steps and seeking professional guidance from our providers, you can minimize the impact of spring allergies and enjoy the season to its fullest.