Greetings from Legacy Pediatrics. We hope everyone in your family is well. We all made it through another winter in Rochester and warmer Spring weather is on its way (hopefully). Here are a few things to remember as we transition from Winter into Spring:
- Spring allergies are beginning; I can tell because my eyes have been itchy off and on the past few weeks. Now is the time to start steroid nasal sprays if you use them to help control your allergies. Steroid nasal sprays like Flonase Sensimist take 1-2 weeks to start working so now is the time to start them. Over the counter non-sedating antihistamines like Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra or Xyzal work well for most people. They do tend to become less effective after several months use and we suggest changing to another one when you notice a drop in effectiveness. Don’t forget to wash your child’s hair at the end of the day when the pollen count is high, so they don’t go to bed with pollen on their pillow.
- It is tick season! Ticks are most active in the Spring and Fall months and some of the ticks in Monroe and surrounding counties carry the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease. A tick needs to be attached for at least 36 hours in order to transmit the bacteria and potentially cause Lyme Disease so doing a total body tick check on your child and you each evening before bed will help find ticks before they fully attach and become infectious. See our parent guide article about ticks for more details.
Enjoy Spring everyone!