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(Chester County Moms - April 18, 2012)
An estimated 36 million Americans are using their tissue boxes early this year as the warm weather has resulted in higher than normal tree pollen for this time of year. Spring's budding trees and blooming flowers mark another battle against sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose and congestion for allergy sufferers.
Allergies are triggered by substances called allergens, such as pollen or mold spores. Many trees, grasses and weeds contain small and light pollen that are easily carried by the wind, causing allergy symptoms to flare up in the spring.
"One of the best ways to help prevent allergy attacks is to use the medication prescribed by your allergist when the allergy season begins," says allergist/immunologist Andrew Murphy, MD, FAAAAI. "With continued use of medication and avoidance of potential triggers, allergic symptoms can be minimized." For those with more persistent allergy symptoms, allergy vaccine therapy may be the solution.
In addition to timing medications, Dr. Murphy (on twitter @paallergy) offers the following tips to help allergy sufferers find some relief this spring:
Dr. Andrew Murphy is Allergy Chief at The Chester County Hospital and Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology of Chester County.
Last Updated: 9/18/2012