April 11, 2019

What season is it for you: spring, baseball or allergy? Allergy season depends on what you're allergic to and where you live. A lot of flowers are blooming and pollen from trees can trigger symptoms this time of year.

Reduce your exposure to allergy triggers

Seasonal%20allergies.jpgTry to reduce your exposure to the things that trigger your allergies:

  • Stay indoors on dry, windy days
  • Best time to go outside is after a good rain
  • Avoid lawn/garden chores
  • Remove clothes you've worn outside
  • Shower to rinse pollen from skin/hair
  • Wear pollen mask if you have to be outside

Symptoms

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Runny/stuffy nose
  • Itchy eyes/nose
  • Irritated mouth/throat

Take extra steps when pollen counts are high

Seasonal allergies can flare up when there's a lot of pollen in the air. These steps can help you reduce your exposure:

  • Check local pollen forecasts and current pollen levels before going outside.
  • If high pollen counts are forecasted, start taking allergy medications before your symptoms start.
  • Close doors/windows at night.
  • Avoid outdoor activity in the early morning hours when pollen counts are highest.

WATCH: Dr. Lea Ramos Famularcano with CAMC Primary Care in Nitro has some tips to help you manage seasonal allergies.

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