...what's to blame, al­lergy or the weather?

Wellness Update - - Itchy, Runny Nose -

As the weather takes the coun­try on a tem­per­a­ture roller coaster ride—from sea­sonal bone-chill­ing cold to spring­like warmth and then back again— many peo­ple find them­selves reach­ing for pain re­liev­ers or other reme­dies to deal with runny noses and other symp­toms as­so­ci­ated with si­nus and al­lergy prob­lems. John Fahren­holz, M.D., as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of Medicine who prac­tices at the Van­der­bilt Asthma, Si­nus and Al­lergy Pro­gram, says that such whip­saw­ing tem­per­a­tures can be a real chal­lenge for peo­ple with al­ler­gies—and with the rest of us, too. “Peo­ple who know they have al­ler­gies should make sure to take their al­lergy med­i­ca­tions daily dur­ing such times,” he said. But even those of us who don’t suf­fer from al­ler­gies can de­velop a runny nose when the tem­per­a­ture and hu­mid­ity are chang­ing rapidly. Rhini­tis—a swollen, itchy nose— can oc­cur in the midst of rapidly chang­ing weather that many parts of the U.S. con­tinue to ex­pe­ri­ence this year. Since sim­ply ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the weather can cause an itchy, runny nose, it can be a chal­lenge to fig­ure out who is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing al­lergy symp­toms and who is not.

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