Allergy Season is in Full Bloom with Spring Encroaching

Every season has its downfalls, and although spring brings nice weather, it also brings allergies. So how do people cope with these dreaded seasonal annoyances? Allergies don't have to put a damper on daily life; there are ways to nip them in the bud.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, an estimated 50 million Americans suffer from all types of allergies. Unfortunately, there are no cures for allergies, but they can be managed with proper prevention and treatment.

The number one way to ease allergies is by taking antihistamines. They are the best choice to decrease sneezing and to stop watery eyes and itching. The most common antihistamines are Claritin, Benadryl and Allegra. If you are over the age of 18, showing a proper form of ID at any drugstore will allow access to these antihistamines for instant relief.

"Every day I have to take Zyrtec or Claritin, otherwise I am completely congested," said junior Ella Ashadi. "Allergy season is horrible, I hate it."

Ramapo College is known for its breathtaking campus. Being that it is springtime, the campus' beautiful walking trails will be filled with flowers and blooming trees. Although these flowers and trees make for good scenery, they are not good for allergies. Everyone loves nice spring walks outside, but the best thing to do in order to avoid allergies will be avoiding triggers like pollen. Pollen travels best on warm, dry, breezy days, which is something most people do not like to hear. Checking the pollen count is a great way to avoid misery for allergy sufferers.

"I can't wait for the warm weather. Luckily I don't have allergies," said senior Laura Ackerman, "but I know some people that really suffer from them."

To ensure a healthy end of the spring semester, start taking allergy medicines right away–the sooner the better. If over-the-counter medications from the pharmacy do not make your symptoms go away, then seeking help from a physician should do the trick. Allergy shots can be a great alternative depending on the severity of your symptoms.

"Allergy season can be very detrimental to students' health. Most of the time allergies happen during finals," said sophomore Rachel Marichal. "They're very distracting."

Allergies can be very disruptive in and out of the classroom, so it is time to take control and be knowledgeable on how to combat them. Seek allergy relief and be able to enjoy this beautiful season. Spring into action and make the end of the semester a healthy and allergy-free one.