Dealing with Pollen Allergies

Pollen, the fine powder plants make in order to fertilize other plants of the same species, is one of the most common causes of allergies in the United States. Unfortunately, according to Bryan Martin, DO, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, “the amount of pollen in the air during spring allergy season seems to have gotten worse (in the past few years).” If your child has a pollen allergy, here are some tips to help him or her cope with increased pollen levels as the weather gets warmer.

  • Treating symptoms before they start: Although some people may think that spring starts in April or May, spring allergy symptoms tend to begin earlier. Having your child take their allergy medications before their worst symptoms happen may help lessen their discomfort.
  • See an allergist: If over-the-counter medications don’t seem to be working well, talk with an allergist about natural treatment alternatives such as the nasal spray or allergy shots. These treatments can sometimes even cure allergies, and keep you and your child out of the drugstore aisles.
  • Changes at home: Keep windows and doors at home and in your car closed during allergy season, especially during midday and the afternoon, when pollen counts are highest.

Click here to read more about how to help your child deal with pollen allergies! Please remember to always consult with your child’s primary care provider before making any changes to your child’s allergy treatment.