While spring is often a welcome change from dreary, winter weather, it can also be a time of year that people dread given how badly allergies can flare up. The biggest trigger of springtime allergies is pollen, which comes from things like trees, grass and flowers. An allergic reaction occurs as a result of the body mistaking pollen as something that is dangerous, which then leads to the release of chemicals known as histamines into the blood. The release of these chemicals ultimately results in symptoms such as a congested or runny nose, itchy, red or watery eyes, coughing, and sneezing.
In order to determine exactly what you’re allergic to, Dr. Ali Ghahary recommends patients go for allergy testing. This is done through a referral to an allergist. In the meantime, you may benefit from trying over-the-counter allergy medications such as Benadryl or Reactine; however, when taking these medications it’s important that you avoid driving or operating heavy machinery as they can cause drowsiness.