Ah, spring! The time of year when flowers bloom, birds chirp, and the sun shines brighter. But for many people, spring also means allergies. If you or your child suffers from allergies, it’s important to know when the allergy season starts, what symptoms to look out for, and when to seek medical attention.

So, when does the spring allergy season start? Well, it depends on where you live. In general, the allergy season starts earlier in the southern United States and later in the northern states. Typically, the spring allergy season starts in late February or early March and can last until June. During this time, trees, grasses, and weeds release pollen into the air, triggering allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to it.

The most common symptoms of spring allergies are sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and congestion. These symptoms can be mild or severe, depending on the individual’s sensitivity to the allergens. In some cases, allergy symptoms can even lead to asthma attacks, especially in children.

So, what can you do to relieve spring allergy symptoms? There are several over-the-counter medications available that can help. Antihistamines like Claritin, Zyrtec, and Allegra can help relieve sneezing, runny nose, and itching. Nasal sprays like Flonase and Nasacort can help relieve congestion and stuffiness. Eye drops like Zaditor can help relieve itchy, watery eyes.

It’s important to note, however, that not all medications are safe for children. Some medications may have different dosages or may not be recommended for use in children under a certain age. That’s why it’s important to consult with your child’s pediatrician before giving them any medication, even if it’s an over-the-counter medication.

In some cases, over-the-counter medications may not be enough to relieve allergy symptoms. If your child’s symptoms are severe or persistent, it’s important to seek medical attention from a pediatrician. Your pediatrician can help determine the cause of your child’s allergies and prescribe appropriate medications or treatments.

In addition to medication, there are some other steps you can take to reduce exposure to allergens. Keep windows and doors closed during high pollen count days, and use air conditioning instead. Avoid outdoor activities during peak pollen hours, typically early morning to midday. Change your child’s clothes and wash their face and hands after spending time outside.

In conclusion, spring allergies can be a nuisance, but there are steps you can take to alleviate symptoms. Over-the-counter medications can provide relief, but it’s important to consult with your child’s pediatrician before giving them any medication. If symptoms persist or are severe, seek medical attention from a pediatrician. And don’t forget to take preventative measures to reduce exposure to allergens.