Healthy Headlines: Allergy Season!
Another Bad Allergy Season Is On the Way!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that this year’s allergy season is even likely to be more severe that the previous years. In a report, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have shown that allergies will become the plight of at least 10 to 30 percent of adults. High pollen counts due to a warm, dry spring following the wet winter will likely lead to many more people seeking relief from allergies and a longer allergy season.
Spring is known to bring allergies because trees and plants that cause allergy symptoms bloom at that time. Many trees common in our area, including oak, maple, and birch cause allergies in many people.
Seasonal allergies should be dealt with prior to the season starting. The CDC recommends starting anti-allergy medications a week before trees start pollinating to prevent allergic reactions. The figures provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have showed that hay fever or seasonal allergies have been diagnosed in 17.6 million adults and 6.6 million children in the past 12 months.
The good news is that there now more options over the counter to treat allergies this season. While many people rely on antihistamines such as Claritin and Zyrtec and decongestants (Sudafed), the recent release of previously prescription only Nasacort and Flonase nasal sprays will give relief and prevent doctor visits for more severe cases of seasonal allergies. Talk to your pharmacist about your options soon before allergy season starts!
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