Spring has sprung! Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and people are sneezing. That’s right, with the start of spring comes allergy season for many people. From itchy eyes to sniffling and sneezing, allergy sufferers may dread the beginning of the season. Spring allergies are mainly caused by pollen released into the air by plants. When pollen gets into someone’s nose, they release histamines if they are allergic. These histamines trigger the runny nose and other annoying symptoms.
Allergies occur in different ways for different people. Everyone has their own way of dealing with them. Keita Christophe ’17, a lacrosse player, said, “I basically just try to stay extra hydrated and take Zyrtec everyday. That’s the best thing I can do to deal with my allergies.” Medications such as Zyrtec, Claritin, Allegra, and Benadryl are a big help in relieving symptoms. Along with taking medication, you should always shower before you go to bed to remove any pollen that could be on your skin or hair. On dry, windy days, it is best to stay inside as much as possible. Pollen counts are highest in the mornings. Indoors, keep your air conditioner on and use a dehumidifier if possible to keep the air dry.
Hopefully these tips will help you survive the start of allergy season. While waiting for the pollen to blow away, think of all the fun activities to look forward to. Spring may be the start of allergies but it is also the start of warmer weather and the end of school!
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