For many us, spring is a time of the year that we look forward to. That is, unless, you or someone close to you suffers from seasonal allergies. Then, spring can be a dreaded time of year where your thoughts are consumed with simply being able to breathe and the constant fight against the symptoms associated with allergies. At Brentwood Medical Clinic, patients presenting with allergy symptoms (sneezing, congestion, etc.) is something Dr. Ghahary sees quite frequently, especially during this time of year.
Asthma and allergy rates are on the rise across Canada, with mounting evidence that the allergy season now lasts up to one month longer than previously. In addition, parts of Canada that were once too cold for allergy-inducing plants are now seeing more frequent allergy activity. This has been attributed to global warming and the higher temperatures experienced so soon after winters end. It is important for Canadians to plan for allergy season and ensure that both your home and workplace are spring season ready.
Unlike normal allergic reactions, springtime allergies can appear one season and be gone the next. This is due to the various pollens that make up the irritants in the air changing every year – and while there is nothing we can do about the pollens and other natural pollutants in the air, we can, however, follow some simple steps to gain some relief from the symptoms that are associated with airborne pollutants.
Between home and work, most of us spend the majority of our days indoors. If you control your indoor environment and protect both your home and workplace from airborne pollutants, it is possible to significantly reduce the symptoms associated with allergies. Believe it or not, allergies can often become worse indoors. This is due to the buildup of natural allergy triggers that can occur over multiple seasons.
During the springtime, it is important to ensure that you keep your windows and doors closed as much as possible. While this won’t be possible for everyone, another alternative is to install shade screens. Shade screens are equipped with a fine mesh material and can make a huge difference to the amount of dirt and pollen that can pass through the screen and into your home. It is also recommended that you run your air conditioner during the spring. Circulating the air in your home or office can help filter out any pollen in the air. It is also important to be smart about how you go about your day-to-day activities. Always think about how you can limit your exposure to the allergens that bring about your symptoms. Think about the simple things that you can avoid.
Spring allergies are, for many, unavoidable, and in severe cases can be treated with medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays and eye drops.