Spring is finally here… but for allergy sufferers, this may not be the best news. After the record-breaking winter snow in the Northeast, spring could mean an especially harsh allergy season as plants crank out the pollen.
No matter where you are based in the US, no area is off-limits when it comes to allergies. Researchers have found that some plants are now producing three to four times more pollen than they typically do, and pollen counts could more than double by the year 2040. In addition to this, allergy season is now arriving earlier and lasting longer than ever before.
Allergies and Sinus Infections
If you notice allergy symptoms, talk to a doctor to see which treatment options might be best for you. While you are there, be sure to check if those symptoms are really the result of allergies, or if a sinus infection could be to blame.
Allergies and sinus infections can cause similar symptoms, including:
- Coughing and sneezing
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
But they have several key differences, such as:
- Allergies often cause watery eyes, sinus infections don’t.
- Sinusitis, not allergies, can sometimes cause mucus to turn yellow or green.
It is important to note that discolored mucus can be a sign of other ailments, so tell your doctor if you notice this issue.
Treatments for allergies and sinus infections vary greatly, so a doctor can help determine the best plan for your needs. It is important that you call a doctor sooner rather than later as untreated allergy attacks can develop into sinus infections.
If you need advice for beating allergies and sinus problems, during spring or any time of year, just give us a call. There is no such thing as a silly health question, and we’re here to help you find answers.