DENVER — If you’re sneezing often or have itchy red eyes there’s a good reason for that. Doctors say the fall allergy season is hitting a littler earlier this year.
Things like pollen and ragweed cause mild symptoms to severe reactions in adults and children with asthma and other respiratory problems.
Our intermittent storms and heat are causing fast growth of weeds, grass, flowers and bushes that create allergens.
Dr. Rohit Katial of National Jewish Health says one way to tell if you have a serious allergy problem is if you have trouble exercising and adds, “…If you start feeling congestion in your chest or when you exercise start wheezing or having more shortness of breath you have a problem.”
While trees, grass and ragweed are everywhere, doctors say there is a way to get through the season by creating a barrier between yourself and all of the things that make your symptoms worse.
Dr. Katial says, “stay indoors, keep the windows shut and if you have the privilege of having central air conditioning, one should run that.”
Dr. Katial also warns against running fans that draw air, and therefore allergens, into your home.
Nasal rinses can provide relief from irritated itchy airways and over-the-counter antihistimines can help.
Make sure to only provide kids with appropriate children’s formulas.
Allergy shots are available, but can take weeks to kick in, so ask your doctor about the best plan of defense for your family.
For more information about allergy symptoms and available treatment visit National Jewish Health’s website.