News from the Nurse: Allergy Season

It’s allergy season, and one of the worst I remember since 2012 when I started as our school nurse.  Scientists are linking this to the fact that our spring was so delayed due to cool weather.  As a result, many trees have developed at the same time, escalating the pollen load at the same time as grasses were also beginning their growing season.  See the article below from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

 

 

Just a reminder that allergy medicines need to be taken regularly for full effectiveness.  Taking them only when you have symptoms is not as effective, as your body does not build up a level of antihistaminic effect.  Take your medicines daily during your allergy season, use saline to help irrigate your nasal passages and flush pollen, and wash hands and face immediately after being outside.

 

Here is a remarkable video of pollen being released from a tree during peak season.

 

Updated: May 14, 2018 — 2:20 pm

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