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Are Your Allergies Acting Up?

Check out these great tips from Roper St. Francis Healthcare’s newsletter Healthlink for fighting pollen.

Prepare for Pollen Season

Proper treatment is the first step toward managing seasonal allergies and asthma. Your doctor can help you pinpoint your triggers and develop a treatment plan for the allergies. Many types of medications are available to help reduce allergy symptoms.

You can also take steps to reduce your exposure to pollen:

    • Keep pollen outside. Close windows in your home and car. If possible, use an air conditioner set on recirculate, which not only cools you off but also reduces how much pollen gets inside. Avoid using window and attic fans, which blow pollen into the house. Avoid hanging laundry outside during high pollen counts.
    • Limit outdoor activity. Schedule outside activities for late afternoon, when pollen levels tend to be lower. Watch the pollen count by visiting the National Allergy Bureau at www.aaaai.org/nab and stay inside as much as you can when the count is at higher levels.
    • Don’t stir up trouble. Avoid mowing the grass or raking leaves, which can release allergy-causing pollen and molds.