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The 4th Quarter Bug

By Rachel Levi; For The Clock
On March 30, 2017

The 4th Quarter Bug 

Rachel Levi

For The Clock 


We’re in the middle of our second semester of the school year and the truth is we are all quite literally sick and tired. First, there’s the inevitable exhaustion that comes naturally to our inner college student. Meanwhile, New England’s landscape is thawing, leaving us to deal with the subsequent allergies. Combine the two and suddenly all of those defeated, swollen faces you’ve seen walking around campus begin to make sense.

Luckily, all is not lost; there are a few precautions we can take to reduce the struggle spring can bring. Often referred to as Hay Fever, spring allergy symptoms include: itchy eyes, nose, roof of mouth, as well as sneezing, congestion, and dark circles under the eyes.

Massachusetts General Hospital says you can avoid spring allergies in a variety of ways. Experiment with generic antihistamines as they’re cheaper than prescription drugs, while offering similar relief from symptoms. You can also help yourself by keeping track of pollen counts by subscribing to the National Allergy Bureau’s email alerts. When it begins to get warm opt for an air conditioner as apposed to open windows.

They suggest you avoid spending excessive time outdoors when pollen counts are high, and to shower after spending time outside. According to The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology birch, cedar, cottonwood, and pine trees tend to pollinate in the spring and are big allergy triggers. Work to recognize your personal triggers and try to avoid them.

The good news is Hay fever will likely end as soon as exposure to the allergen ends. Be sure you’re getting enough sleep so your immune system can fight the allergen, the ideal amount being 8 hours a night. If this seems unrealistic, try and plan your schedule ahead of time to make room for it. Time management is important not only to your success as a student, but to your health. If you plan to study earlier, you’re less likely to stay up late and cram the night before an exam. Lastly, honor your overall health by washing your hands, drinking plenty of water, and getting exercise. 

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