This past Sunday, March 20, was the first official day of spring. This means it is officially seasonal allergy season. While some people can simply take an antihistamine every now and then, others need a treatment plan to deal with hay fever and their allergies.

Understanding Your Allergies

The first step to finding relief during the spring is knowing what your allergy triggers are. This may seem like a simple step, but sometimes people make assumptions about their allergies. The best way to be successful in finding relief is to go through allergy testing. This will allow you to know and understand your allergies better.

Know Your Environment

So, now you know what you are allergic to, but if you do not know when and where these allergens are found then it can be difficult to avoid and treat. For example, ragweed blooms from August to November in the United States, with a concentration in the Midwest and the East Coast. If you are allergic to ragweed, then this information will help you prepare and take the necessary steps to decrease allergy symptoms during that time of year. It is also important to understand how the weather can affect allergies. If you are allergic to mold then spring showers can cause you some issues.

Spring Pollen

Beginning in March, tree pollen is the most common allergen. It is followed by grass pollen (late spring to early summer) and weed pollen (late summer and fall). The most common trees that cause the most allergy symptoms in South Carolina are box, elder, pecan, and willow.

If you are worried about this spring season causing you allergy strife, consider seeing an allergist. A Board-Certified Allergist at National Allergy & ENT can assist you in understanding and treating your allergies. To schedule an appointment please call us at (843) 797-8162 or schedule an appointment online.

Sources: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Pollen Library