With cold temperatures, snow and ice continuing to strike many regions around the country, it's hard to believe the spring allergy season is lurking right around the corner. But even in this winter mess, some of the 50 million Americans with allergies should start preparing for the spring sneezing season now before it gets too late.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), sufferers should begin taking their allergy medication a few weeks before the season begins.
"Allergy sufferers should start taking medication that has worked well for them in the past, at least two weeks before the season starts," said allergist Myron Zitt, MD, ACAAI past president. "For those who need treatment that goes beyond over-the-counter medications, including allergy shots, they should make an appointment with their board-certified allergist to find relief."
When winter weather turns warm, pollens and molds are released into the air, triggering allergies. Once allergy symptoms start, they are more difficult to treat.
Dr. Zitt and other ACAAI allergists are available for interviews to discuss allergy treatment and what this spring season might have in store for sufferers.
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology