Colorful flowers popping up from the ground and green buds dotting tree branches signal the start of spring. Along with those pretty harbingers are itchy, watery eyes; a runny nose; and plenty of sneezing for those who are plagued with seasonal allergies.
Pollen is most prevalent in Spring, quickly followed by grasses and weeds in summer. With warmer and windy conditions kicking up the pollen, some trees bloom making many miserable.
For those who suffer from Spring allergies, you might not be surprised to learn that…
- 50 Million people are affected by nasal allergies in the United States.
- 13.4 Million visits are made to doctors, outpatient and emergency departments due to hay fever.
- 8.3 Million American children have respiratory allergies.
- 85 percent of people with hay fever symptoms experience relief from allergy shots.
- 55 percent of Americans test positive for one or more allergens.
We’ve rounded up some additional resources to help you combat pesky — and sometimes debilitating — allergies this Spring.
- How medications can reduce allergy symptoms
- How to tell if it’s a cold or allergies
- The genetic connection behind allergies
- Tips to prevent the stuffy nose before it starts
- Immunotherapy as allergy treatment
- How to allergy-proof your home
- Honey therapy as allergy treatment: Is it safe?
If you suffer from severe allergies, find an allergy and immunology physician at Baylor Scott & White Health.