Patient First offers allergy tips

| April 17, 2014
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AllergySpring is here and so is spring allergy season.  You can expect a “pollen explosion” this month, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.  Allergists predict “a robust pollen season” so people need to have a treatment plan ready.

Tree pollen is the biggest cause of spring allergies.  Combine tree pollen with the grass pollen that arrives in a couple of months and more than 50 million allergic Americans are bracing themselves for sneezes and watery eyes.

This doesn’t mean you have to suffer without relief.  Over-the-counter allergy remedies may help people with minor symptoms.  For those with more severe allergic reactions, Patient First physicians may prescribe stronger treatments.

Allergy symptoms may also be reduced by:

  • Closing windows and using the air conditioner to decrease the amount of pollen entering the home
  • Minimizing outdoor activity between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. when pollen counts are the highest
  • Using pollen-removing air filters and changing them regularly
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