Health experts offer advice on spring allergy prevention
Health experts say now is the time to start fighting against spring allergies.
For the nearly 60 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, experts recommend taking steps to limit symptoms before they begin.
“Starting to block inflammation now can really help. Not only at the start of symptoms, but it can also make it a better season overall,” said allergist Flavia Hoyte of National Jewish Health.
Hoyte suggests using a steroid nasal spray to reduce symptoms.
“Two sprays per nostril on a daily basis helps to kind of minimize the inflammation. It takes a couple of weeks to build up in your system. Then when the pollen comes full force, you're ready to fight it,” she said.
Nasal irrigation devices and over-the-counter therapies such as antihistamines can help as well, Hoyte says.
Hoyte also urges allergy sufferers to keep windows shut when the weather heats up in order to keep pollen out of the home.
“The pollen starts floating around before you can see the leaves on the trees, so it can catch people off guard,” she said.