Pollen levels have been at an all-time high this spring season. Do you experience the effects of seasonal allergies, such as sneezing and itching?

Allergies may be a fact of life, but suffering from symptoms doesn’t have to be.

Learn how to recognize the differences between allergies and viruses and find out what you can do to ease your symptoms.

Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

You may already be familiar with the sneezing and itchiness commonly experienced by seasonal allergy sufferers. Other symptoms include a runny nose, cough and congestion.

Are you worried it could be something more serious? The primary difference between viruses and seasonal allergies is that allergies typically aren’t accompanied by a fever.

How to Reduce Your Exposure to Pollen

Pollen comes from flowering trees, weeds and grasses. Levels tend to be highest in the morning, but you can find ways to get relief throughout the day.

Here’s what you can do to reduce your contact with pollen:

    • Keep your windows and doors closed.
    • Use an air purifier or dehumidifier.
    • Shower and change your clothes after being outside.
    • Wash your bed linens weekly.

Other Ways to Cope

When it’s not possible for you to avoid pollen, try a non-drowsy, over-the-counter antihistamine. Nasal sprays and moisturizing eye drops can also help.

If your symptoms continue, you can consider making an appointment with an allergist for immunotherapy. This treatment involves getting regular injections of the offending allergens in small doses to help build tolerance.

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