Many people in Visakhapatnam look forward to the spring season of regeneration, warm weather, and lovely blossoms. However, it may be a cause of distress for those who suffer from allergies.
Patients with skin, nose and respiratory spring allergies at ENT hospital in Visakhapatnam typically become symptomatic by late February to late Middle of April, while symptoms may appear sooner based on warm weather patterns.
What causes allergies in the spring?
Pollen is the most common spring allergy trigger: tiny grains come out into the air by trees, grasses, and weeds to fertilize other plants.
When pollen grains enter the nose of someone who is allergic to them, the immune system misidentifies them as alien agents and produces antibodies to fight them.
This induces the release of chemicals known as histamines, which triggers a runny nose, itchy eyes, and other allergy symptoms. The signs get more severe as the pollen count rises.
Allergy effects most frequently on windy days, when pollen is swept up by the wind and transported through the air. On the other hand, on rainy days, pollen counts get reduced when there is rain.
Allergy symptoms in the spring
Spring allergy sufferers tend to sniffle and sneeze as trees and flowers begin to bloom, and pollen enters the air. Typical signs and symptoms include:
- a stuffy nose
- Eyes that are watering
- Itching in feet and nose
- Face bags and dark circles
The allergens cause Asthma as a common condition in which your airways become narrow, making breathing painful and resulting in coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
How to fight allergies in the springtime?
If you live in an environment with many leaves, flowers, and vegetables, it is challenging to prevent spring allergies entirely. If you can eliminate the key causes of spring allergy, you will reduce the sniffling, sneezing, and watery eyes. Our ENT doctor in Visakhapatnam prescribes the following :
- When the pollen count is very high, try to stay inside your house.
- During the spring months, keep the doors and windows closed at least while the wind is blowing. It is challenging in the hot and humid weather of Visakhapatnam to close all the doors and windows. But to protect yourself from pollens in the air, it can be a way out.
- Invest in an air purifier
- Clean the air conditioner tubes daily.
- Clean your bookshelves, windows, and other areas where pollen can gather.
- After going outside, wash your hair and clothes.
- If you have a vacuum cleaner, then use that at least once a week.
- While going out of your home, wear a mask.
Allergy treatment for spring
You can use a variety of over-the-counter medications to combat spring allergies, including:
Antihistamines: It works by lowering histamine level in the body, which reduces sneezing, sniffling, and scratching. Other drugs, such as Benadryl, can also work well in this case.
Decongestant: It helps to ease inflammation and swelling by clearing mucus from the nasal passageways.
Nasal spray decongestant: It is more effective than oral decongestants for relieving inflammation and clearing clogged nasal passages.
Steroid-based drugs: Our ENT doctor in Visakhapatnam may apply steroid nasal sprays to control the inflammation. Nasacort AQ, Flonase (both sold as generic pharmacy brands), Clarispray (the same drug as Flonase), Rhinocort, and Flonase sentiment are the most effective drugs to treat spring allergic reaction.
Cromolyn sodium nasal spray: It can help avoid hay fever by preventing histamine from triggering allergy symptoms.
You can get relief from itchy, watery eyes by using eye drops.
If these commonly available methods do not work for you should visit our ENT hospital in Visakhapatnam. Our experienced ENT specialist will provide you with the best treatment and may suggest a few lifestyle modifications as well.
The better we can identify the causes and symptoms, the sooner we can provide relief and allow you to enjoy spring. We are there for you whenever you need medical support related to ENT.