Charleston is known for its beautiful scenery, but the trees and flowers come with a price. Pollen. Those with environmental allergies suffer with sneezing and itchy eyes as early as February, until the spring season begins to die down. Spring usually comes early in Charleston, so those with environmental allergies must prepare early for the increase in allergens. It is important to note that cough is a common symptom of spring-time allergies (hay fever) and does not necessarily mean that you have COVID-19. Managing your allergies can help avoid cough and this confusion. There are tips and tricks that can be taken to avoid the spring season creating too much stress and symptoms for those with allergies.

                Have A Treatment Plan:

It is important to understand your allergies and how you react to specific allergens, pollens, and medications. For example, if Xyzal does not work for you or makes you drowsy, take Zyrtec instead. When taking oral medication to treat hay fever, first-generation antihistamines should generally be avoided. These medications, such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and chlorpheniramine (ChlorTrimeton) can cause drowsiness, dry mouth, dry eyes, and even constipation. Non-sedating treatments are you best bet, such as: cetirizine, levocetirizine, fexofenadine, loratadine, or desloratadine.

                Know the Pollen Count:

The pollen count is the amount of pollen in a cubic meter of air. The higher the count, the more pollen that is in the air causing hay fever symptoms. One way to combat the pollen in the air is to prepare. Check the pollen count in the morning. If the number is high (on a scale from 1-10) then make sure to take an antihistamine or two and follow your treatment plan. National Allergy & ENT updates the pollen count everyday on their home page.

                See An Allergist:

If you are suffering with pollen allergies and have not discussed the issue with an allergist, do it! An allergist can assist you in better understanding how allergens affect your body, and the best treatment options for you specifically. The allergists at National Allergy & ENT have years of experience in helping those with environmental allergies deal with the spring weather. To schedule an appointment please call (843) 797-8162 or schedule an appointment online.