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Spring Has Sprung in St. Louis and So Have Pollen and Allergies

Springtime AllergiesSpring is a beautiful time of year in the St. Louis area. Playgrounds are full of kids running off pent up energy, Forest Park is full of picnickers laying across lush green grass, and the Missouri Botanical Gardens is buzzing with bees as flowers start to bloom. But even if you enjoy seeing fresh green grass and flowers, they can cause lots of misery if you suffer from spring allergies. Thankfully, you don’t have to skip outdoor fun altogether to keep from sneezing because there are doctors in St. Louis who can help.

What Causes Spring Allergies?

When you step outside, the allergy symptoms you experience are usually the result of pollen being released into the air. Tiny grains of pollen are released from grasses, trees, and weeds to help fertilize other plants, and when they get into your nose, your body sees them as foreign objects and releases antibodies to attack them. The histamines released during this process can cause a runny nose, coughing, sneezing and itchy eyes. Pollen can travel from miles away, so you can even suffer from allergy symptoms if you don’t have a lot of greenery near your home.

When is the Best Time to Go Outside?

Although you want to enjoy the St. Louis spring weather as much as possible, the best way to help your symptoms is to avoid going outdoors between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. when pollen counts are highest. Pollen is also high on breezy days as tiny grains float through the air, so try to wait to go outside until the wind dies down. While you’re inside, keep the windows closed during peak pollen hours.

How Can I Get Relief From Spring Allergies?

Talk to an allergist who may suggest you try an antihistamine, decongestant or steroid nasal spray to relieve your symptoms. If that doesn’t help, you may be a candidate for allergy shots, or immunotherapy. After performing a skin test to determine what you’re allergic to, your allergist will inject gradually increasing doses of the allergen (such as pollen) into your body to teach your immune system to be more accepting of that allergen. You’ll schedule allergy shot appointments every week, and then a couple times a month, and eventually just a few times a year.

Where Can I Go For Allergy Shots in St. Louis?

Doctors at Sound Health Services are specially trained in providing relief for allergy sufferers in St. Louis. We treat children and adults who want to enjoy the outdoors without having to worry about feeling miserable.

Call Us at (314) 332-1377 to Schedule a Consultation with Our Allergists Today.