Treatment for Spring Allergies

Winter has brought brutal weather to many parts of this country, but spring is on its way. Unfortunately, along with sunshine, flowers, and temperate weather, spring can bring an explosion of pollen that can trigger allergy symptoms. The most common symptoms include:

Treatment for Spring Allergies

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  • Runny or stuffed up nose
  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Eczema and hives

Spring allergies can also cause headaches, fatigue, chronic sinus and ear infections, and asthma.

High winds, which are common in spring, can stir up pollens and exacerbate allergies. Rainy days, however, can wash the pollens away and may give you a slight respite from your symptoms.

Spring pollens

The biggest spring pollen producers include trees and grass. Depending on which part of the country you live in, different pollens can be more prevalent.

Trees tend to pollinate first, starting as early as January in some parts of the country. The worst pollen-producing trees include:

  • Alder
  • Ash
  • Birch
  • Cedar
  • Juniper
  • Cottonwood
  • Elm
  • Maple
  • Oak
  • Pine
  • Sycamore
  • Willow

Grasses start to pollinate later in the spring. Bermuda grass often leads the charge in April with others following suit in May and June. Allergenic grasses include:

  • Bahia
  • Bermuda
  • Johnson
  • Kentucky Bluegrass
  • Meadow Fescue
  • Rye
  • Timothy

Spring allergy treatment

So how do you fortify yourself against spring allergens? You can take medications, but they can have side effects, and they rarely provide complete relief. If you only have allergies for a couple months of the year, or if your symptoms are mild, you might be able to get by with prescription or over-the-counter pills or inhalers. However, if your allergies are affecting you for more than a few months of the year or if they are bad enough that they are compromising your quality of life, talk to your physician about prescribing allergy immunotherapy.

Allergy immunotherapy is a long-term treatment that addresses the root of the allergy for lasting relief. It is available in two forms: sublingual immunotherapy (under-the-tongue allergy drops) and subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). Both of these treatments can help desensitize your body to allergens in the environment so that you will stop overreacting to them.

If you don’t have time for allergy shots, sublingual immunotherapy may be a better choice for you. Sublingual allergy drops can be taken at home rather than at the doctor’s office, and they are safer than shots. You can visit a sublingual immunotherapy clinic and talk to an AllergyEasy physician about the cost of allergy drops and whether or not oral allergy drops are right for you.

About The Author

Stuart H. Agren, M.D.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Utah and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine in 1974. He completed additional training at L.D.S. Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and then established his private medical practice starting in 1975. Dr. Agren completed a mini-residency in Industrial Medicine at the Robert Johnson School of Medicine at Rutgers University and also completed training to become a certified Medical Review Officer.

Dr. Agren was the Medical Director at TRW and McDonnell Douglas in Mesa, Arizona and at Stauffer Chemical and Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Arizona State University.

In his private medical practice, Dr. Agren specialized in family practice and allergy. In his work as a private practice allergist, he was one of the first doctors in the country to prescribe sublingual immunotherapy to his patients as an alternative to subcutaneous immunotherapy (allergy shots). He has also been a trailblazer in the field of food allergy treatment and research, developing a program to treat multiple food allergies simultaneously using sublingual immunotherapy. Dr. Agren has been featured on local CBS, NBC, and ABC news affiliates and won the peer-nominated “Top Doc” award from Phoenix Magazine.

After 20 years in private practice, Dr. Agren became the Founder and President of AllergyEasy, which helps primary care physicians around the country offer allergy testing and sublingual immunotherapy treatment to their patients. Over 200 physicians in over 32 states use the AllergyEasy program to help their patients overcome environmental and food allergies and asthma.