Here’s Why You Should Start Treating Your Seasonal Allergies Before They Strike, Experts Say

Here’s Why You Should Start Treating Your Seasonal Allergies Before They Strike, Experts Say

Prepping for the season before it hits can reduce your symptoms.

With the trees in bloom in the North and grass and flowers on the way, allergy season is here. So many individuals suffer through itchy eyes, runny noses and the general congestion that comes with the new storm of pollen.

In fact, almost 10% of the whole population in the U.S suffers from hay fever each year.

What’s the best way to treat it? Over the counter medications like Allegra and Claritin can help to ease your symptoms. If your allergies are moderate to severe, you may not feel complete relief from your symptoms with any medication, though.

Some people find they feel moderate relief with oral and nasal treatments, but when pollen is high, nothing but a cave in Antarctica really feels like a solution. (This is me with my good friend, grass!)

Related: New Vaccine Might Make Hay Fever a Thing of the Past

So, here’s a tip. Will it help? Let’s hope. Try taking your medication before your symptoms actually flare up. It might sound like a plan devised by the pharmaceutical companies to reap in increased profits, but experts say it works.

How do they know? Researchers from the faculty of medicine at the University of Oslo have discovered that if you suffer from seasonal allergies, allergen-specific T cells are always in your mucous. (Up until this point, scientists weren’t sure if this was the case, or whether the cells showed up only when pollen circulating in the air provoked their presence).

The thing is, these T cells, it’s been found, are long-lived resident memory cells. This means that you can target them early and suppress the bad behavior they’ll exhibit during pollen season, before it hits. This way, you’ll have a better chance of keeping all your symptoms at bay, and staying in the clear.

Or, you could always get the vaccine when it comes out. Doctors say it could be with us within 3 years. Yay!

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