How to Conquer Allergy Season

Episode 243,   Apr 19, 07:42 PM

If you think allergy season seems to start earlier every year AND last longer, you are not alone. Spring pollen and lingering winter allergens like dust and mold can impact your quality of life. ZYRTEC partner Dr. Leslie Gonzalez joined us to educate allergy sufferers about symptoms and how to beat them.

So, what are seasonal allergies, and what triggers them? Allergies result from a chain reaction of chemicals that release histamine in response to allergen exposure resulting in the symptoms that many commonly experience, like sneezing, itchy eyes, nose, and throat, and a runny nose. The most common triggers are allergens such as pollen, dust, pet dander, grass clippings, and fungal spores which can be found inside and outside.

We associate spring with allergies because they are the most common and severe this time of year since pollen is present only in spring. But many still suffer from lingering winter allergens like dust, dander, and mold, so allergies have become a year-round occurrence for many. This longer and stronger allergy season is partly due to weather changes, such as more extended stretches of freeze-free days in winter months and expanded growing seasons for plants, which gives them more time to release allergy-causing irritants.

To deal with changing allergies, Dr. Gonzalez recommends ZYRTEC as a go-to solution because it effectively treats symptoms caused by indoor and outdoor allergens. ZYRTEC starts working at hour 1 and provides a full 24 hours of prescription-strength relief so allergy sufferers can enjoy the day without worrying about their allergy symptoms getting in the way. Also, allergy symptoms can get even worse if left untreated. ZYRTEC is effective. And it is the #1 allergist-recommended brand among OTC oral antihistamines. ZYRTEC, and lifestyle changes, can provide powerful relief to those suffering. It comes in tablets, liquid gels, and chewable form, which are convenient because you don’t need water. The chewable also comes in a kid-friendly version for children with seasonal allergies.

For other tips to conquer allergies, try staying indoors when it is windy outside because pollen and dust in the air will trigger your allergies. The best time to go outdoors is after a good rain, which helps remove pollen from the air. Also, wipe or wash your face throughout the day to help keep it clear of pollen, dust, dirt, and other allergens. If you’ve been outside for a long time, removing shoes upon entering the house, changing clothes, and showering before bed, are all good ways to minimize allergens in the home.

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