According to CBS DFW, those who suffer from seasonal allergies can expect to experience symptoms for longer than usual this year, as the pollen season is coming early and staying late.
“It goes from winter trees to spring trees — before pecan is done, Bermuda grass has started. With changes in the climate, years ago, from the end of June to the end of August, there was essentially no pollen at all. But, for the past couple of years we’re even getting pollen in summer…we don’t get even get a full summer break like we used to,” Richard L. Wasserman, M.D., Ph.D., an allergist with Medical City Dallas, told a local CBS station in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Dr. Wasserman, like many other experts, believes climate change is the culprit behind these extended allergy seasons. While non-allergy sufferers may believe seasonal sniffles only cause minor annoyance, Dr. Wasserman also says that it’s not uncommon for symptoms to affect everyday productivity.
“Allergy is the most common cause of presenteeism,” says Dr. Wasserman. “That’s when you show up for work; but, you don’t do anything useful because you feel terrible.”
While the extended allergy season is certainly bad news for anyone who suffers from the cold-like symptoms that come with spring allergies, it can be helpful to have an allergy treatment plan in place. Dr. Wasserman suggests taking any allergy medications as early as possible — even before symptoms arise.
Of course, there are also a number of natural treatment options worth exploring, for example, Vitamin C. Some experts say taking between 500 and 100 mg of Vitamin C three times each day can help to reduce allergy symptoms because it works as a natural but gentle antihistamine.
It’s also a good idea to get into the habit of cleaning out your nasal passages regularly during the pollen season. Congestion and nasal irritation are known to cause headaches, and considering the fact that depression is three times more common in people with migraine or severe headaches than in healthy individuals, taking this precaution can keep you healthy and happy. All it takes is a simple rinse with a salt water solution to instantly reduce sinus inflammation.
Nobody likes the symptoms that come with seasonal pollen allergies and hay fever, but being aware of the natural allergy treatment options is the key to staying healthy all season long.