Spring Allergies! How to prevent them before they start.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest 50 million Americans suffer from allergies every year. Allergies affect 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children. An estimated 10 percent of school-aged children in the U.S. have asthma, related to their allergies.
Allergies may be seasonal and symptoms are typically triggered by pollen (weeds, grass, trees) or airborne mold spores. Since the predominant pollen types vary by geographic region and pollen levels can change day-to-day, it is important to monitor daily pollen counts to avoid being subject to large amounts of it.
To reduce pollen exposure, we recommend the following measures:
- Close windows and doors when pollen counts are high
- Remove clothes that have been worn outside, and shower to remove pollen from skin and hair
- Avoid outside activity in the morning when pollen counts are highest
In addition to environmental control measures, oral and topical (including nasal and eye) allergy medications can be effective in preventing or relieving symptoms. Commonly used medications include antihistamines, leukotriene receptor antagonists and short courses of corticosteroids. Antihistamines work quickly and should be started before the allergy season in order to prevent symptoms. Due to varying side effects depending on the antihistamine being used, ask your healthcare provider which medication may be right for you. Nasal allergy sprays for symptoms such as nasal congestion, sneezing and post-nasal drip include nasal steroids, nasal antihistamines and nasal mast cell stabilizers. Allergy eye drops for symptoms such as watery and itchy eyes include ocular antihistamines and combination ocular antihistamines and mast cell stabilizers.
Make sure to talk to your doctor before taking oral antihistamines for allergy relief.
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