George A. Sprecace M.D., J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New London, P.C.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Use Nasalcrom nasal spray  as a barrier agent before and during the season.
  3. Use non-sedating antihistamines (Allegra, Claritin) as needed.
  4. Do not use mixtures containing “decongestants”, like pseudoephedrine (sudafed) , if you have any personal or family history of high blood pressure.
  5. 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.
  6. Consult your physician for any but mild, occasional symptoms.  A stuffy nose is not just a stuffy nose - it can have consequences.
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