2013 Spring Could be the Worst Allergy Season Ever
An article from ABC News March 2013 discussed how this season’s allergies are going to start sooner and last longer in most parts of the country this year.
We are in allergy season. Allergy experts expect seasonal allergies will last about 30 days longer this year, running through the month of October.
Global climate change and favorable weather contribute to this anticipated grueling allergy season. Higher than normal carbon dioxide emissions are telling plants to produce three to five times more pollen. Lots of precipitation and warmer temperatures also contribute to excess pollen. Days when pollen is worse generally are warm, dry, windy days. Lower levels of pollens circulate on calm, wet, cloudy days.
Tips to help you survive allergy season 2013:
- Get your seasonal allergies confirmed- otherwise you could be treating the wrong problem. This can be down with a simple in-office skin test.
- Treat early– don’t wait until your symptoms are unbearable to start treatment. There are a variety of medications that can be used in treatment such as antihistamines (oral and nasal), nasal steroid sprays, or eye drops. Speak with a doctor prior to starting a medication.
- Be in the know– check your local allergy levels. Go to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology National Allergy Bureau for up to date pollen counts.
- Wear over sized sunglasses– Wearing oversized sunglasses can block airborne pollens from hitting your yes. This can help prevent redness and watery eyes.
- Wear a hat— a large brimmed hat can keep pollen and other allergens from landing on your hair and eyes.
- Dodge high pollen levels—avoid line drying clothes, consider exercising inside or avoiding peak pollen hours (midday-afternoon). Take a shower in the evening to get rid of body pollen.
- Use indoor air recirculation– Avoid fans that suck air in from the outside. You can also set your air conditioner to recirculate.
- Look for Diet Triggers– As many as 1 in 3 seasonal allergy sufferers experience cross reactions when they eat certain foods. If you experience symptoms of tingling of the mouth, itchy throat after eating a certain food avoid the trigger foods during allergy season. You may be having a cross-reaction between the proteins in fruits and nuts and the pollens.
The Sleep Institute of New England offers allergy services for ages 10 and up. In addition to sleep medicine The Sleep Institute of New England services include skin testing, pulmonary testing and immunotherapy. Dr. Lynch is triple board certified in Internal, Pulmonary and Sleep medicine. For an appointment call 603-347-8810 or 877-550-7463. We look forward to hearing from you. Also look at our website at www.sleepne.com
Zerbe, L. (2013). Spring could be the worst allergy season ever. Abc news. Retrieved from www.abcnews.com
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