Dealing with the allergy season

Choosing the best medication and wearing a face mask outdoors are among the recommended ways to deal with the allergy season.  Many of us experience runny noses, itchy throats and watery eyes with the increase in pollen, ragweed and other allergens in the air.  Dr. Conrad Shuler, physician with Prisma Health’s Seneca Medical Associates, says, “We’re entering the months when the pollen count is highest in our area and avoiding allergens in the air can be hard to do.  It is important that individuals who suffer from allergies do what they can to limit exposure and prepare their bodies to fight irritants. With enough preparation, most people will be able to take on spring activities with confidence this allergy season.”  Important also is making the distinction between allergy symptoms or COVID-19 symptoms as the two have similarities.  Coughing, sneezing and wheezing can be symptoms of both, but allergies will not cause a fever as COVID-19 might.  Itchiness is often associated with allergies, but it’s not considered a symptom of the coronavirus.