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How to Protect Yourself During Spring Allergy Season


| Springtime brings warm weather and new growth, which can lead to allergy flare-ups due to pollen or grass, or even indoor allergens like dust mites. This presentation gives tips for preventing allergies before they strike, as well as ways to deal with them. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: How to Protect Yourself During Spring Allergy Season

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  • If youre coughing and sneezing with the start of
    spring, you may want to see an allergist or your
    primary care doctor so they can administer an
    allergy skin test. This is the fastest and most
    accurate way to find out whats bugging you, be
    it grass, pollen, or other common irritants like
    dust. During the test, the skin is pricked
    slightly to allow an allergen to enter the outer
    layer of epidermis. After about 15 to 20 minutes,
    the physician will check for a reaction (like
    hives or redness) to determine what youre
    allergic to.

  • If you dont work out regularly, spring may be
    the time to start. Increasing adrenaline levels
    and getting your blood pumping can help release
    and reduce allergy symptoms, especially nasal
    congestion. Though pollen outside can affect when
    and where youre able to workout, try exercising
    indoors if you need immediate relief.

  • Pollen count changes frequently, so check online
    for up-to-date information. If you think you may
    be allergic to pollen, avoid going outdoors when
    the count is high.
  • Dry and windy days are peak allergy days. Try
    spending time outside when the weather is cooler
    or after rainy weather.
  • Pollen counts are highest in the morning, so plan
    to head outdoors later in the day if you can.
  • If the pollen count is extremely high but you
    must go outside, use a mask and protective
    glasses to diminish any allergic reactions.

  • Dust can trigger allergies too, so be sure to
    keep your home and work surroundings clean.
  • Replace air conditioner filters to keep dust and
    outdoor particles at bay.
  • Purchase an air purifier for your home to help
    clean and circulate the air.
  • Vacuum twice a week to ensure allergens like dust
    or mold are released from carpet and other home

  • Allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy, are
    preventative treatment for allergens like pollen,
    grass, or dust mites. Immunotherapy gives a
    patient gradually increasing doses of a
    substance, or allergen, allowing the immune
    system to become less sensitive to it. This
    causes the production of a blocking antibody
    which reduces the symptoms of the allergy when
    the substance is encountered in the future.
  • Prior to immunotherapy treatment, the physician
    identifies all allergy symptoms using skin or
    blood allergy tests. Immunotherapy is typically
    recommended only if a person is selectively
    sensitive to several allergens.

  • The best way to prevent nasal inflammation or a
    sinus infection is to keep your nasal passages as
    clear as possible. This can be done using a
    saline nose rinse or a neti pot a small
    container with a spout designed for nasal
    rinsing. If you have chronic inflammation, your
    doctor may prescribe a steroid nasal spray.

  • On windy days with high pollen count, keep the
    windows shut. This will help reduce the number of
    outdoor allergens from entering the home. If the
    weather is warm, keep the air conditioner set on
    recirculate. This will also limit humidity, which
    can help control dust mites a common indoor

  • When allergies strike, youll want to be
    prepared. Many medications can be found at your
    local drugstore that help relieve sneezing, runny
    nose, and other symptoms that commonly afflict
    allergy sufferers in springtime
  • Antihistamines help relieve sneezing, itching,
    runny nose, and watery eyes. Examples include
    Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra, and Benadryl.
  • Decongestants provide temporary relief from
    nasal congestion. Examples include Sudafed, or
    nasal sprays like Afrin.
  • Combination medications helpful for allergies by
    combining an antihistamine with a decongestant.
    An example is Claritin-D.

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