CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Some experts are predicting a “pollen vortex” for the 2015 allergy season. A long, cold, wet winter has allowed for all types of pollens to bloom at the same time, causing more extreme allergy symptoms for allergy sufferers.
While this season may be more intense for allergy sufferers, it is expected to be a shorter season, due to its delayed start.
According to Dr. Carter Davidson of Summit ENT & Hearing Services, common allergy symptoms include runny nose; itchy eyes, mouth, or skin; sneezing; stuffy nose; and fatigue.
“Although there will be more pollen this year, limiting exposure to it will help prevent the onset of allergy symptoms,” said Dr. Carter Davidson, “A few small changes could make a big difference in how extreme allergy symptoms will present themselves.”
For example, wearing sunglasses can help keep pollen out of your eyes.
Wearing a mask when doing yard work, changing out of work clothes when coming indoors, and showering after working outside will also help limit pollen exposure.
Another piece of advice: Ditch pollen producing indoor plants. Even if the particular plant does not produce pollen that travels, potting soil can harbor bothersome soil molds. These molds can also produce allergy symptoms.
Doctors also say it’s important to eliminate dust mites from your home. You can kill dust mites by washing your sheets in hot water (at least 130 degrees Farenheight).
Finally, that summer vacation could also serve as a vacation from your allergies. The beach is typically a great escape from all types of pollen.