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by Verno Davidson, Interim Chief Nursing Officer, Conemaugh Health System
April showers might bring May flowers, but many of us are well aware that they can also bring tree and grass pollen and other allergens that can cause us to wheeze, sneeze and sniffle our way through spring. At Conemaugh Health System, our mission is Making Communities Healthier®, and that includes helping you manage seasonal allergies.
According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), springtime allergies occur when your immune system overreacts to an environmental side effect of seasonal plant pollination.
While some aren’t affected by the release of these common seasonal allergens, many of us are faced with a line-up of potentially miserable symptoms, including:
If you find yourself battling these symptoms this spring, there are ways you can help manage them and ease your suffering so that you can enjoy all that this wonderful time of year has to offer.
If these methods don’t provide the relief you need, talk to your primary care provider. He or she can help you develop a more thorough allergy management plan, which may include support from an allergist. If you don’t have a primary care provider, call 800.424.DOCS or visit Conemaugh.org and use our Find a Provider feature to get connected to the right care.