As the Texas trees begin to bud out, something else is budding in the doctors’ offices: Spring allergies.
“I definitely see almost a double of what I saw in the winter,” Dr. Bradley Jones, M.D., an internist on the medical staff at Baylor Medical Center at Irving said. “You can almost set your watch by it. Here, people allergic to trees are coming in the March and February time frame.”
Watery eyes, sneezing, congestion, and headaches are among the symptoms doctors commonly hear from patients.
For people with less serious allergy symptoms, Jones recommends OTC remedies: nasal sprays and saltwater rinses are among his top recommendations.
However, some patients with severe allergy symptoms may need specialized tests. In those cases, Dr. Jones recommends seeing an allergy specialist. “It’s very important that you get tested for the specific allergens.”
“Allergists will do things like skin tests where on your back they’ll put a whole bunch of different things and see which ones you react to,” he said.
Although spring is the perfect time for cleaning, yard work and outdoor activities, here are some additional tips from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI):
Inside the house
Close windows at night to keep pollen and molds from drifting into the house. Dry the air with an air conditioner. This helps keep irritating allergens from growing in your home.
Try to keep pets clean and out of the bedroom if they bother your allergies. Also, avoid hanging clothes or sheets outside to dry because pollen can collect on them.
Outside the house
Avoid doing yard work or physical activities in the morning because it’s when the most allergens are released. Also, stay inside on windy or humid days when pollen and mold counts are highest.
Learn more about spring allergies in this NBC5 story or watch it below.
If you think allergies might be bothering you, find an allergy and immunology physician at Baylor Scott & White Health.