It’s allergy season in Northern Utah, here’s what you need to know…

Allergy season in Utah can be quite challenging, especially during the peak months of April, May, and September, when pollen counts are high​. If you’re in Utah during these times, it’s important to manage your exposure to allergens to alleviate symptoms.

Here are some practical tips from the specialists at the Ear, Nose and Throat Center to help you cope with the allergy season in Utah:

  1. Limit Outdoor Activities: Try to stay indoors when pollen counts are highest, usually during the morning and late afternoon. Planning your outdoor activities for later in the day can be beneficial​​.
  2. Close Windows and Doors: Keeping windows and doors closed during high pollen days prevents allergens from entering your home. Consider using air conditioning in your car and home instead​​.
  3. Personal Hygiene: Shower and wash your hair after being outside to remove pollen. Also, change and wash clothes that have been worn outside to eliminate lingering pollen​​.
  4. Check Pollen Forecasts: Staying updated with daily pollen counts can help you plan your activities better. Websites like Pollen.com or KSL.com provide regular updates.
  5. Medication and Treatments: Over-the-counter antihistamines and nasal sprays can provide relief and symptom control. For long-term relief, you might consider treatments like sublingual immunotherapy, which are allergy drops that help your body build tolerance to allergens​​.
  6. Air Quality Control: Use HEPA filters in your air conditioning system to trap pollen and reduce indoor allergens. Regularly cleaning your living space can also keep allergens at bay​​.
  7. Consult Allergy Specialists: If your symptoms are severe or persistent, consulting with an allergy specialist at the Ear, Nose and Throat Center might be necessary. They can offer personalized treatment plans, including allergy shots or more targeted therapies​.

By following these strategies, you can manage your symptoms more effectively and enjoy the season despite the challenges posed by allergies.

The only “cure” available for environmental allergies is the administration of immunotherapy (injections, sublingual drops and oral toothpaste) that build up protective antibodies to specific allergens (pollens,molds, animal danders, dust,etc.). Your physician at the Ear, Nose and Throat Center will oversee your progress and care for any other nasal and sinus disorders that may contribute to your symptoms.