HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE SPRING ALLERGY SEASON?
HOW TO PLAN AHEAD THIS SPRING ALLERGY SEASON
When do spring allergies start and when should you start treating them? Get the facts so you can nip your spring allergy symptoms in the bud before the season is in full bloom. These helpful tips will help you better anticipate when pesky spring allergens appear in Canada so you can prepare for a springtime full of more outdoor adventures, and fewer sniffles.
RECOGNIZE WHEN SPRING ALLERGIES START
In Canada, when spring allergy season begins depends on where you live! The west coast feels it first – as early as late January if winter is mild. East coast dwellers can expect allergens to appear by April. The effects of spring allergy season can last well into the summer months. Tree pollen is the first culprit on the scene and continues to cause spring allergy symptoms all the way through to mid-June. Often on the heels of—and overlapping with—tree pollen is grass pollen, which starts in mid-May and continues all the way to the end of July.
UNDERSTAND THE “PRIMING EFFECT”
Trees often pick up on the change of season earlier than we do. That means they can start releasing small amounts of pollen before we’d ever even suspect that spring is in the air. Once you’ve been exposed to this early pollen, your immune system is “primed” to react to all types of outdoor allergens. This means, come springtime, you may suffer from heightened allergy symptoms for a longer period of time.
START TREATMENT FOR YOUR SPRING ALLERGY SYMPTOMS EARLY
With the right treatment plan, it is possible to spring into the warmer months without your spring allergies symptoms. To alleviate suffering caused by spring allergy symptoms—like nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy nose, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes— use products that work best if started before the exposure to allergens, like Flonase Allergy Relief. Rather than waiting until April or May, when your spring allergy symptoms might be at their worst, try to anticipate your symptoms and begin treating early.
KNOW YOUR LOCAL ALLERGY FORECAST
Keeping on top of the type and amount of allergens in the air where you live is a great way to better prepare for spring allergy season and lessen the blow of your spring allergy symptoms. To be in the know about early spring allergies, you can use tools like The Weather Network Allergy Outlook, brought to you in partnership with FLONASE Allergy Relief. The Allergy Outlook gives you a detailed local allergy forecast so you can start treatment to alleviate spring allergy symptoms before they reach their peak.