With the arrival of the second pandemic spring, Americans are once again spending more time outside as a way to see friends and enjoy the warmer weather while trying to stay safe from COVID-19. But all that outdoor time can be tough on allergy sufferers, who often deal with watery eyes, congested noses and pounding headaches without symptom management.
“I’m getting a record number of calls now. We’re seeing more people than ever,” says Dr. Clifford Bassett, a New York City-based allergist at NYU Langone. In addition to hearing from those preparing for the spring allergy season, Bassett is also getting calls from people who are dealing with more indoor allergens as they spend more time at home — often with new pets. Still other patients are inquiring about allergies from the COVID-19 vaccine.