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7 steps to away from pollen allergy

Posted by: Cathy in Other


Spring will come soon. At this time, I’d like to introduce all of you how to treat pollen allergies, which is one of the most popular diseases during the spring. Springtime brings not just deliciously longer days, warmer weather, balmy breezes and blooming flowers. For people with allergies, it means the return of pollen. Pollen and allergies don’t mix.

There’s not much of you can do to avoid pollen altogether --- after all, it’s produced by lots of plants, such as grasses, trees, flowers and weeds. However, you can minimize the misery. Here, I’d like to introduce the 7 steps to help you all away from the pollen problem.

“Complete avoidance of pollen is impractical. In Connecticut, spring brings tree pollens, late spring and summer brings grass pollens. Late summer and fall brings weed pollen.” Said by Daniel Waggoner, who is an allergist in Mystic, Conn. He said: “That in general holds true across the country; however, if you travel south, some types of pollen may linger year round, with the warmer temperatures.” But the problem is most of us have to work and cannot to leave our places to avoid pollen. So, the next 7 steps are more important for us to minimize the pollen allergy symptoms.

Step 1: Know Your Own Pollen Count

Actually, pollen is the invisible annoyance, and the average pollen particle is smaller than the width of an average human hair. However, once pollen reaches our nose and throat, it can trigger an allergic reaction if we are the sensitive type. According to the investigation from National Institutes of Health, there have 35 million Americans are sensitive to pollen. This is not a small number! Nevertheless, it’s easy enough to check the pollen count in our locale through the National allergy Bureau, a section of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, which maintains an online site for pollen counts. Pollen counts calculate a given pollen in a specific amount of air during a particular period, such as 24 hours. Then, ask our allergist exactly what we are allergic to, and when that pollen peaks, so we can be ready to take action before the pollen triggers bad allergic reactions.

Step 2: Stay Indoors When Pollen Counts Are High

When pollen counts are high, shut the windows and use the air conditioner. In fact, the biggest problem pollen-sensitive patients have are the times when the pollen is heaviest and outside temperatures are nicest, people are tempted to sleep with the windows open. This is a big mistake and the people who are sensitive to pollen have to close their windows and use air conditioner to ensure very litter pollen in their house.

Step 3: Plan Outdoor Time Wisely

It’s best to avoid the outdoors during high pollen counts, but that’s not always practical. Actually, most plants pollinate form 5 A.M to 9 A.M and people who sensitive to pollen should try to avoid go outside during this period. In addition, windy days, which stir the pollen around, can be worse than calm days. If a dog is jogging with you, he’s a pollen-carrier. Sometimes, many people may blame the dog for an allergy, and it might be the pollen on the pet. So, when possible, avoid early morning outings with the dog on high pollen days, especially if it’s windy.

Step 4: Protect Yourself From Pollen When You Go Outdoors.

When you do have to be outside at a high pollen time, wearing a mask is a good filter. If you have bad pollen allergies and you are the one who has to do the yard work, wearing a mask is a good idea although that makes you looks unfashionable. Additionally, when you’re outside, minimize your exposure to pollutants and other allergens as well. If you go jogging later in the day when pollen tends to die down, pick a residential street instead of a thoroughfare to avoid car exhaust. Also, take your allergy medicines before you go outside.

Step 5: Keep Pollen from Following You into the House

As soon as you arrive home, even if you’ve just been in the backyard, change yo8ur clothes and take a shower to rid your body of as much pollen as possible. Of course, washing your hair as well.

Step 6: Treat Your Pollen Allergies

A variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications can help your allergy symptoms such as runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion and coughing. Get an evaluation from an allergist to help find the best allergy remedy for you. Your doctor may recommend and antihistamine, other allergy pills, inhaled allergy treatments or even allergy shots for you. Besides that, beware of overusing decongestant nasal sprays. Using decongestant sprays for more than three days in a row in order to “rebound” effect. In fact, your allergy symptoms may become worse than before you started the medicine.  

However, if your pollen allergies are bad, you have to talk to your doctor about preventive treatment with antihistamines or inhaled steroids. Start taking the treatment before pollen season starts. Also, you might also consider allergy shots if you suffer severe allergies. The doctor injects a small amount of allergen that affects you, building up your immunity over time. Typically, the injection is given once a week or once a month.

Step 7: Take an Allergy Vacation

If pollen still drags you down after taking all the six steps above, consider taking an allergy vacation. When pollen season is in full swing, take a trip to an area less affected by pollen, such as the beach or the seashore nearest to your hometown.

Source: www. Webmd.com




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written by jfrancis, Tuesday, 04:15 PM, January 18, 2011
Thanks for the tips. I've had allergies since I was a baby and pollen irritates my eyes and nose. I hate it! Normally I just took an allergy medication although it didn't help me 100%. Now I know there are other steps I can take to reduce my allergies.
written by Cathy, Tuesday, 05:02 PM, January 18, 2011
yes, I have the pollen allergy as well. I think I should take injection from my doctor before the spring coming

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