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