As the icy grip of winter loosens, spring ushers in a season of renewal, with blooming flowers and budding trees painting our landscapes in vibrant colors. However, for many, this rejuvenation also marks the onset of seasonal allergies, turning what should be a time of enjoyment into a period of discomfort. At OakBend Medical Center, we’re dedicated to ensuring our community not only understands the “why” behind these springtime sniffles but also knows how to combat them effectively, embodying our mission to provide exceptional, compassionate health care for all.

Why Are Allergies So Bad in Spring?

Spring allergies primarily stem from the increased presence of pollen, a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. Trees, grasses, and weeds all contribute to the pollen count, but it’s not just the quantity of pollen that’s to blame. Factors such as climate change and urbanization also play significant roles, extending the allergy season and increasing pollen concentrations in the air. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), climate changes can amplify pollen-related health issues by encouraging plants to produce more pollen and for longer periods.

What Helps Allergies in Spring?

Mitigating the effects of allergies in spring begins with understanding what triggers your symptoms. Over-the-counter antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal sprays can provide immediate relief, but long-term strategies are equally important. This includes staying indoors on high pollen days, using air purifiers to clean indoor air, and showering before bed to remove pollen. However, for personalized care, consulting with a healthcare professional is paramount. OakBend Medical Center’s experts can tailor treatment plans to your specific needs, offering a range of options from medication to allergy shots.

Remember, managing spring allergies is not just about dealing with the symptoms but identifying and minimizing exposure to allergens. For more detailed guidance, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology offers extensive resources and tips on allergy proofing your environment.

When Do Seasonal Allergies End?

The duration of allergy season can vary widely depending on your geographic location and the year’s specific weather patterns. Generally, tree pollen emerges first in late winter and early spring, followed by grass pollen in late spring and summer, and weed pollen in late summer and fall. This means that for some, allergy season can extend well beyond the spring months. Tracking local pollen forecasts through sites like the National Allergy Bureau can help you stay ahead of your symptoms and manage your exposure more effectively.

Tips to Reduce Seasonal Allergy Symptoms and Treatment

Beyond medication, there are several steps you can take to lessen your exposure to allergens:

  • Keep windows closed during high pollen periods to prevent allergens from entering your home.
  • Wear sunglasses and a hat when outdoors to shield your eyes and head from pollen.
  • Wash bedding regularly in hot water to kill dust mites and remove pollen.
  • Consult with healthcare professionals at OakBend Medical Center for advanced treatments, such as immunotherapy, which can significantly reduce or even eliminate allergy symptoms over time.


While spring allergies can be a nuisance, understanding how to manage them effectively can help you enjoy the season to its fullest. If you’re struggling with allergies, remember that you’re not alone. OakBend Medical Center is here to provide you with the care and support you need. With three clinics, including our newest one in Wharton, we’re making quality healthcare more accessible than ever. Interested in learning more about our services and how we can help you combat seasonal allergies? Visit our website at OakBend Medical Center or call us at 281-341-3000 for more information.

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