Preparing for Spring Allergies


by Abby Ellinghausen
            It’s almost that time of year again . . . The time for itchy eyes, runny noses, sneezing, and all of the fun stuff that come along with spring allergies.
            According to ABC News, seasonal allergy experts are confirming that 2013 allergies are going to start sooner and last longer in most parts of the country. Higher than normal carbon dioxide emissions are fueling more pollen production, possibly even three to five times more, and lots of precipitation in late winter makes for more tree pollen.
            One tip to treat these annoying allergies is to start treating early. Get your nasal sprays and eye drops before your symptoms become unbearable. It is a good idea to take an evening shower to rid your body of pollen before you go to bed. Also, get in the habit of checking the local allergen levels. They even have apps to download to your smart phones to track the daily pollen counts. If you follow these tips, hopefully you can get a jump start on those awful spring allergies and enjoy your spring!