Monday, May 16, 2011

Allergies--skunk at the garden party

Picnics, graduations, weddings, all can be outside this time of year.

If you suffer from allergies, it can be hell rather than heaven.

Myron Zitt, MD, past president of the College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, sez there are five things you can do:

Take your meds before leaving the house.

Cover up—wraparound sunglasses can block pollen from getting to your eyes.

Avoid bees. Stay away from open soda cans. Don’t wear bright clothing or perfume. If someone get stung—get away! Stinging can set off chemicals that attract other bees.

At the food table, avoid foods like nuts and dairy which can be allergy triggers.

Stay out in the open. Poison ivy can lurk in bushy areas.

Ozone Alert? Maybe stay home. At very least carry your relief inhaler.

Summer should be fun—and a trip to the ER is not.

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