George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New London,
The Next Allergy Season
In New England:
Tree Season ---> Mid-April to Late May
Grass-Plantain Season ---> Late May to Mid-July
Ragweed Season ---> Late August to first
or second frost
Mold Season ---> Year-round and especially
Mid-July to late November
The following are suggestions to prepare for the next allergy season:
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Clear up existing allergy symptoms before the season arrives. Otherwise,
the “priming effect” of already existing tissue reaction will
make the season that much worse.
Use Nasalcrom nasal spray as a barrier agent before and during the
Use non-sedating antihistamines (Allegra,
Do not use mixtures containing “decongestants”, like pseudoephedrine (sudafed)
, if you have any personal or family history of high blood pressure.
Do not use sedating and drying antihistamines including benadryl
(diphenhydramine), chlortrimeton (chlorpheniramine), and also
zirtec (citirizine). These affect cognition, productivity and reflexes
in ways similar to alcohol effects.
Consult your physician for any but mild, occasional symptoms. A stuffy
nose is not just a stuffy nose - it can have consequences.