Spring allergies are nothing to sneeze at

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Special to the Observer

Spring allergy season seems to get worse each year, and climate change may be the culprit, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Increasing temperatures and carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere help plants grow faster – and produce more pollen. For many people, this can trigger allergy symptoms.

“Spring allergy symptoms can lead to a major disruption in quality of life,” says allergist and immunologist Dr. Neeta Ogden. “It’s important for allergy sufferers to manage these symptoms, so they can feel their best and enjoy the season.”

Dr. Ogden offers these tips to help make spring more bearable for allergy sufferers:

Seasonal Allergies Can Strike at Any Age: Some people develop seasonal allergies as adults. If you think you don’t have seasonal allergies, but find yourself sniffling and sneezing this spring, it might be time to see an allergist.

Pets are Pollen Carriers: Pets tend to track allergens like pollen and mold into the house. If you have pets, try to wash or wipe them down when they come indoors.

Indoor Allergies Stay in Play: Indoor allergies are still an issue in spring. For example, some people kick up dust and other allergen particles while spring cleaning. Know your allergy triggers, so you can take steps to manage them.

Create an Everyday Spring Allergy Plan: Make tweaks to your daily routine to avoid what sparks your symptoms. For example, check the pollen forecast in the morning, change clothes when you get home, and wash your face before bed to remove lingering pollen particles from your face.

Be Wise at Home: Take steps to avoid allergens at home. For example, keeping your windows shut from early morning to late afternoon and changing the filter in your AC unit can make a difference.