Overcome your allergies
For almost one quarter of Canadians, the arrival of spring brings with it a major downer: allergies. Beyond the fact that they’re getting worse and affecting more people-reactions to common airborne triggers like ragweed and pollen have increased in the past few decades-because of pollution and global warming, the allergen season is getting longer, too. “The duration was defined in the past with hay fever starting in the spring, grass in the summer and ragweed in the fall,” says Dr. Paul Keith, allergist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and member of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. “Because the seasons have been starting earlier and lasting longer, this means more exposure and extended reactions for many people,” he says.
But the news isn’t all bad. Experts agree that doing some preventative legwork can go a long way toward keeping reactions minimized. With that in mind, here’s how to get a handle on your triggers before they send you sniffling and sneezing for the hills.