During springtime, trees and flowers bloom, producing pollen that can trigger allergies. A strong response to allergens, called allergic rhinitis, may cause runny nose, itchy eyes, watery nasal passages and sneezing.
Allergy symptoms typically begin in early to mid-spring. The weather is ideal for grass and flower pollen to be released, triggering sneezing, itching, watery eyes, coughing and a sore throat.
To reduce your symptoms, try avoiding contact with allergens when possible. Taking medication, such as antihistamines, can also help.
The first quarter of spring is usually a prime time for tree pollen, such as oak, elder, red mulberry, pussywillow, hickory and maple. Then, in late March or early April, grass pollen starts to emerge.
Limiting your outdoor activities, avoiding windy days, and wearing a pollen mask can all help you minimize your exposure to pollen. You can also shower and change your clothes after spending time outside to rinse away pollen that may be stuck on your skin or in your hair.
If you need a little extra help, consider using an over-the-counter saline spray to flush out your sinuses and mucous membrane. Or try a Neti pot to keep your sinuses moist and cleanse them of pollen and other allergens.