Doctors offer advice on dealing with allergies early in the spring season
Doctors are sharing advice to those who may be experiencing strong allergies early this spring season due to the recent mild winter.
Director of horticulture at Planting Fields Foundation in Upper Brookville Donna Moramarco says trees and flowers are thriving a little earlier than usual.
"We had a mild winter, comparatively speaking, and then we had some really warm temperatures last week which caused things really to explode," Moramarco says.
Doctors say it is a busy time of year for them as patients are coming in complaining about their seasonal allergies.
"Every year seems to be very similar about this time of year. Everybody starts with their itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing. Starts mild and then really takes off and people are miserable," says Dr. Steven Weiss, associate chair of allergy Optum Tristate.
Many, while miserable, do not want to give up on being outdoors as the temperatures start to warm up.
"If you're a gardener, you're not going to give up your garden because of some pollen. You're going to go to the doctor," Moramarco says.
Doctors say there are three things to make allergies more manageable.
The first, doctors say, is to avoid exposure to what triggers the allergic reaction. Keep the windows in cars and homes closed.
They also recommend a change in clothing and taking a shower if one has been outdoors all day.
The next step is to take medications and start early.
"The best thing to do is get started early in the season. When someone is feeling miserable, that's harder to treat. But when someone doesn't even have symptoms yet, start premedication and that actually makes their season go very easy," Weiss advises.
If those measures still are not helping, it is recommended to see a doctor as one may benefit from allergy shots.
"Take care of things early before it gets bad," Weiss says.
Doctors say peak allergy season is the beginning of May and things should be getting better by the end of May.