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5 Ways to Handle Spring Allergies

Trees are budding, grass is growing and noses are sneezing! 

During the spring months plants begin to grow again and for those of us allergic to their pollen, these months can be miserable. 

The symptoms spring allergy sufferers feel are a result of the body's reaction to pollen. Some medications can lessen the symptoms like sneezing or itchy eyes. 

Besides medication, the best strategy is to avoid coming in contact with pollen. Tree and grass pollen are generally found outdoors, however, staying indoors for the entire season is clearly not an option! There are some things you can do to lower your exposure and avoid some of the symptoms.

These 5 steps will help when pollen is in the air

1. Avoid high pollen-count days

Listen to local weather broadcasts for pollen counts and try to limit time outdoors on high pollen-count days.

2. Keep windows and doors closed in your home

Use central air conditioning – or a window air conditioner with a filter in the allergic person’s room. In the car, use your air conditioner and keep windows closed.

3. Play outside in the evening

However, the pollen count is at its lowest in the evening. If your child needs to play outside, evening is the best time.

4. Stay inside on dry, windy days

Pollen counts are highest on dry, windy days with the most pollen released and blowing in the air.

5. Wash that pollen off!

Be sure to wash clothes worn outside before wearing them again. Shower and shampoo daily to remove pollen that has settled on the body during the day.

A special note about apples, pears and carrots

A protein which resembles pollen is found in certain raw foods such as apples, pears and carrots. If you or your child has an allergic reaction to pollen, these foods should be eaten with caution.



Greg Severson, MD

Methodist Physicians Clinic HealthWest

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