With the mild winter and the warm weather that is predicted this spring, pollen counts may reach record highs. In the Midwest we typically see tree pollen in early March, followed by grass pollen in April. So this is a one-two punch.
Pollen from trees often times affects the eyes, with itching, redness, tearing and inflammation. The nose and skin will accompany the complaints from grass pollen. We always see a spike in asthma, with chest tightness, coughing and of course wheezing in the spring.
Staying indoors on high pollen counts, exercising early in the mornings, or very late at night, keeping the windows shut may help reduce your exposure. Of course taking your medications, which include antihistamines, and maybe eye drops and nasal sprays, may help you survive.
Since this spring will be a busy time please contact us for your spring appointment as soon as possible. Starting the right medications early will keep you feeling better from the start and avoid the health problems that spring and summer can cause.