The good news is that spring is here. The bad news is that the arrival of spring’s warmer temperatures also means allergy season will soon kick into high gear.
The 2017 allergy season was one of the worst on record as a result of a mild winter. This past winter was milder and, as a result, the pollen is not blooming like it was last year. However, doctors at Via Christi say that does not mean people with allergies are out of the woods.
Vanessa Cook, MD, a family medicine physician at Via Christi Clinic on 6th Street in Manhattan, recommends following these tips to help lessen the impact of allergy season:
• Avoid known allergens
• Change clothes after being outdoors
• Shower before going to sleep to avoid bringing potential allergy triggers into your bed
• Frequently change sheets and pillow cases
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States, with more than 50 million Americans suffering from allergies every year.
If you’d like to talk to a doctor about seasonal allergies, contact:
- Manhattan: Via Christi Clinic Primary Care - 785-565-2900 or make an appointment online
- Pittsburg: Via Christi Mercy Clinic - 620-232-2890
- Wichita: Via Christi Clinic - visit viachristi.org/doctors or for more information, call 316-274-7222