Although many on the SouthCoast consider the opening of their favorite ice cream shops to be the start of spring, the first official day of the season is Thursday, March 19. There’s no doubt that spring will receive a warm welcome around here, but the season does carry its fair share of hardships.

Allergies can be insufferable for so many people. This allergy season is shaping up to be particularly tough since our winter was relatively mild. If we ever experienced freezing conditions, it didn’t last long. When you’re walking out of the house feeling like Miss Rhode Island describing her idea of a perfect date and it’s only February, that’s a bad sign for your sinuses come March.

The pollen count will be very high due to these conditions. If you are an allergy sufferer and have a difficult time when the seasons begin to change, consider starting your non-prescription allergy medications before everything blooms.

I personally take Claritin 24 Hour Non-drowsy almost all year long. I experience heightened allergy symptoms in September and October when the seasons shift from summer to autumn. However, that March into April transition is the absolute worst and I don’t want to risk missing a dose.

That overwhelming feeling of congestion, itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, and the gross tickle in the back of my throat can send me for a loop and basically render me useless for weeks. Not to mention the headaches, soreness, and body aches from coughing and overall discomfort.

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