Thursday, July 28, 2016

Prepare now for fall allergies

Prevention nothing to
sneeze at.
Just the words "ragweed season" may make you jump back in the pool and try to forget. But this is the time to look ahead to fall allergies,says Bryan Martin, DO, president of the Am College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

If you suffer from allergies, you should take your medicine about two weeks before symptoms normally start--in the case of ragweed, that is mid-August.

So if you are allergic to ragweed pollen, meds need to start around the first of August.

A single ragweed plant can release a million grains of pollen a day. Wind can carry this 100 miles--so windy days heighten the effect.

Mold is also a menace and there can be more mold spores than pollen grains.

So...

--Take meds before the season starts and keep on them two weeks after pollen counts go down.

--Keep car and house windows closed to keep out pollen.

--Leave your shoes at the door, take a shower and change clothes after working or play outside.


--Wear a NIOSH-rated 95 filter mark when mowing the lawn or doing other outdoor chores. Take appropriate medication beforehand.

--See an allergist if you don't have one. The allergist can identify your triggers and provide appropriate shots.

These shots can even prevent asthma in children.

Now's the time...

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