Spring Allergies — What to Know and How to Feel Better


If you’re sniffling, sneezing and itching your eyes more than usual, chances are you’re not alone. Ah, springtime in Texas—a beautiful season that comes with an onslaught of allergens.

Common Allergens in DFW

  • Oak Pollen: Those majestic oak trees may be easy on the eyes, but their pollen can wreak havoc on your sinuses.
  • Grass Pollen: As lawns start to green up, grass pollen becomes more prevalent, triggering allergic reactions in many.
  • Mold: While mold is a year-round allergen, the warm, humid climate of springtime in Texas provides the perfect breeding ground for it to thrive—both indoors and outdoors.
  • Cedar: While cedar fever may sound like a joke, it’s no laughing matter for allergy sufferers in Texas, where cedar trees release copious amounts of pollen in the winter and spring.

How to Manage Symptoms

Now that we know our adversaries, let’s talk tactics. Here’s how you can minimize the impact of spring allergens and reclaim your comfort.

  • Stay Indoors During Peak Pollen Times: Pollen counts are typically highest in the morning and on windy days. If possible, limit your outdoor activities during these times.
  • Keep Windows Closed: As tempting as it may be to let in the fresh air, keeping windows closed can prevent pollen from infiltrating your home.
  • Invest in Air Purifiers: Consider adding an air purifier with a HEPA filter to your home to trap allergens and improve indoor air quality.
  • Regularly Clean Your Living Space: Dust, vacuum and mop frequently to remove pollen, dust and mold spores from your home.
  • Use Allergy-Proof Bedding: Encase your mattress and pillows in allergen-proof covers to prevent exposure while you sleep.
  • Shower and Change Clothes After Being Outdoors: This simple step can help remove pollen and other allergens from your body and clothes.
  • Try Over-the-Counter Remedies: Antihistamines, nasal sprays and eye drops can provide temporary relief from allergy symptoms. Just be sure to follow the instructions carefully.
  • Consider Allergy Testing: If your symptoms persist despite your best efforts, it may be time to consider allergy testing! The team at SWAAC can narrow down your specific triggers and treat you accordingly with more effective, long-lasting treatment options.

Ready to Take Control of Your Allergies?

If you’re tired of letting allergies dictate your springtime activities, it’s time to take action. Schedule a consultation at one of our five clinics, with board-certified allergists, today! 

This entry was posted in Allergies, Allergy, Asthma on April 18, 2024 by admin@gmail.com.

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