Utahns are feeling Spring on its way through one of the worst ways possible; allergies.  

Though Utah Spring has some beautiful moments, allergies are not one of them. If you’ve seen people with puffy eyes, red noses, and sniffles it's a sure sign that pollen is back. It's also still the season for colds and flu, so that could be it too.  

Southern Utah is especially feeling it since the temperatures are slowly climbing back up.  

So what are allergies? 

Allergens, like pollen, are nothing more than foreign plant antigens. When they get released into the air, you can see and hear the result. When allergens first encounter nasal tissue, sneezing is triggered. This is part of the body’s immune defense. “Penn Medicine 

If you’re not sure if you have allergies there are a few ways to find out. There are three tests; the prick test, the intradermal test, and the patch test.  

How do you treat allergies In Utah? 

  • Eye drops 
  • Nasal sprays 
  • Medicine 
  • Inhalers  
  • Decongestions 

Allergies are the worst and dealing with them can take some finagling to find out what works for you. There are some non-drug-related fixes that anyone can do.  

  • Acupuncture 
  • HEPA filters 
  • Saline spray 
  • Allergy proof your home 
  • Nasal washes 
  • Helpful foods 

Changing your clothes when you come from outside can be helpful and running the air conditioning versus opening windows to lessen the pollen coming in. There are also some foods that can help clear up sinuses like spicy foods and caffeine.  

To get a full list of helpful allergy remedies click here.  


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