If you thought 2017’s allergy season was a tough, then you may want to prepare yourselves because researchers are certain that 2018 is going to be an even worse allergy season. As the winter flu season comes to an end, we are soon entering into spring’s allergy season, filled with plenty of sneezing and red, itchy eyes. According to researchers, nearly 67 million people experience some form of allergies during the spring season, many of which consist of itchy eyes, stuffy noses, itchy throat, fatigue, and irritability. So, if you are sensitive to allergies, then make sure you’re stocked up on your medication and plan a visit with your local ENT, because this spring is going to be a rough one.
It Begins In April
This year, experts expect pollen to start spreading in full force between April 15 and April 20th, once the last of the snow melts away. Since the US has been experiencing extended periods of winter weather, the growth of pollen has been put off later than usual. Evan Duffey, AccuWeather meteorologist, explains, “Excessive plant growth and a lot of plants coming out of dormancy at the same time are going to delay and condense this allergy season, making it more difficult for allergy sufferers (source). Due to this, pollen and other allergens will be twice as potent and double as irritating. However, to the relief of those with significant sensitivity to pollen, with the weather warming up, the remainder of wet weather is sure to keep the pollen for spreading from a bit of time. However, as the weather starts to turn warmer and drier, pollen is soon to follow. One thing we can count on to diminish the strength of pollen season is the rainy weather that usually persists during the month of April. With ample rainfall, pollen will be washed away and suppressed.
Softening The Blow of Allergies
In light of the major pollen season that soon to come, the American Academy of Asthma and Immunology came up with a few tips and tricks to help alleviate any asthma and allergy problems that may follow. Let’s take a look below:
- Mop and clean floors on a regular basis.
- Remove any items that can collect dust.
- Dust regularly.
- If you have pets, bathe them twice a month. You may even want to consider keeping them away from your bedroom.
- Keep windows closed.
- Don’t hang laundry out.
- Always wear sunglasses when outside. This will help protect your eyes from any pollen spores.
- Encase pillows, mattresses, and box-springs in dust mite-proof covers. Always watch sheets, pillowcases, and blankets on a weekly basis.
Allergy Testing and Treatment In Tampa
Feel free to contact Florida ENT and Allergy if you are looking for allergy testing and treatment services in the Tampa area. Our team of experts can provide you with high-quality and advanced allergy testing, as well as an array of treatment services that work best for you and your specific needs. Our talented physicians and doctors will come up with a treatment regime that yields excellent results and allows you to go about your normal day.
Don’t let this season’s onslaught of pollen stop you from enjoying the rest of the glorious spring. Contact us at Florida ENT and Allergy today to set up your appointment.