Common Spring Breathing Issues

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Spring is a great time. New life is erupting all around us, and warmer temperatures invite us outside to enjoy spring’s new growth and beauty. However, when being outdoors and the scents of spring collide, it can cause big problems for people who suffer from seasonal allergies.

Pollen is one of the biggest causes of spring allergies. The new growth of trees, grass, and weeds release the tiny grains of pollen into the atmosphere to fertilize other plants. At times, those small particles can end up getting into your nose. If you’re allergic to pollen, your body’s defenses kick into overdrive, and your histamines are released. Histamines are what cause your nose to run, eyes to itch and other breathing issues.

Common Tree Pollen Triggers

  • Oak
  • Poplar
  • Hickory
  • Walnut
  • Elm
  • Birch
  • Maple
  • Sycamore
  • Western red cedar
  • Ash

Relief For Your Spring Allergies

Windy days can stir up pollen and the potential for your allergy symptoms to heighten. Rainy or cloudy days can give you a reprieve from the airborne pollen. It would be best if you kept your windows and doors closed during this season. Keep your hands clean and shower after being exposed to pollen. Wash your clothing and avoid outdoor activities when pollen counts are high. To track pollen counts in New York you can visit weather.com here.

If you have a frequent runny or stuffy nose or difficulty breathing, it could be due to seasonal allergies. However, these issues can also mean you are suffering from a condition called chronic sinusitis.

Contact Dr. Greg Levitin at New York Sinusitis Treatment today if you suffer from breathing problems.