Tips to Ease Your Allergy Symptoms
of Americans are keeping their tissue boxes close by in preparation
for the peak of the spring allergy season. The budding trees
and blooming flowers associated with the return of spring mark
an increase in itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and other allergy
Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis or Hay Fever
Seasonal allergic rhinitis, or "hay fever," affects more
than 20% of the people living in the United States, according to
the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).
Allergies are triggered by substances called allergens, such as
pollen or mold spores. Many trees, grasses and weeds contain small
and light pollens that are easily carried by the wind, causing
allergy symptoms to flare up in the spring.
Allergy Tip 1 - Take Allergy Medication
One of the best ways to help prevent allergy attacks is to start
taking medication prescribed by your allergist about a week before
peak allergy season in your area begins." said Linda B. Ford,
MD, FAAAAI, member of the AAAAI's Aerobiology Committee. "With
continued use of medication and avoidance of potential triggers,
allergic symptoms can be minimized."
to timing medication, the AAAAI offers the following tips to
sufferers find some relief this spring:
Allergy Tip 2 - Spring Cleaning Can Help Allergies
Do a thorough spring cleaning - windows, book shelves and air conditioning
vents collect dust and mold throughout the winter that can provoke
Tip 3 – Reduce
Minimize outdoor activity when pollen counts are high. Peak pollen
times are usually between 10 am and 4 pm. Get up-to-date pollen
information for your area from the National Allergy Bureau.
Tip 4 – Take
Allergy Medication Before Activity
Take medications at least 30 minutes prior to outdoor activity.
Consult with an allergist/immunologist to ensure medications
are helping you and notify an allergist/immunologist when reactions
to medications occur.
Tip 5 – Keep
Shut windows in your house on days pollen counts are high. Avoid
using windows or fans that may draw pollen inside.
Tip 6 – Wash
Wash bedding weekly in hot water. Dry laundry indoors. Sheets hanging
on an outside line are an easy target for blowing pollen.
Tip 7 – Shower
Shower and wash your hair before bed - pollen can collect on your
hair and skin.
Tip 8 – Keep
Pets Away from Furniture
Keep pets off of furniture and out of the bedroom. Pollen can cling
to the dog or cat after being outside.
Tip 9 – Close
Your Car Windows
Keep car windows closed during peak season. Use air conditioning
and point vents away from face.
Tip 10 – Wear Mask When Doing Garden Work
When mowing lawn or doing gardening, wear a filter mask.
Seek proper treatment prior to and during your peak allergy season:
If you are an allergy sufferer, consult with an allergist/immunologist
to discuss treatment and environmental control options. An allergist/immunologist
is the best-qualified medical professional trained to manage
the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of allergies and asthma.
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