In Lansing, Dan Moore, certified physician assistant at Ingham Internal Medicine and Pediatric Associates, a partner of Ingham Regional, is treating hay fever.
It's caused by an allergic response to airborne allergens. Tree pollen is a leading culprit this time of year. People are also around a lot of mold and dust as they spring clean and spend time outdoors working in their gardens and flower beds.
Symptoms include: stuffy, runny nose; sneezing; watery, red, swollen eyes; cough, and itchy eyes and nose. Allergens can also trigger asthma.
A visit to the doctor may help determine what your triggers are and whether prescription allergy treatment is necessary.
At-home treatment includes: antihistamines, saline sprays two to three times a day, or steroid nasal sprays, depending on the severity of your allergies.
If you have asthma, you should stick to your prescribed regimen.
Avoid allergens whenever possible by keeping doors and windows closed, especially during peak pollen times, which are from 5-10 a.m.