Seasonal allergies

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’Tis the season for allergies! If you find the spring flowers filling your nasal passages and reddening your eyes, you probably have a sensitivity to pollen. Pet dander or other irritants can also disrupt your immune system, producing an influx of histamines, which are responsible for dilating capillaries and causing your itchy eyes and stuffy nose.

Self-care for symptoms includes teas of lemon and ginger, green tea with honey, or menthol and echinacea. But if the sniffles interfere with your daily routine for more than two weeks or start getting worse, visit your health care provider, who can prescribe or suggest antihistamine medications and other long-term solutions.