Friday, March 24, 2017

The Big Sneeze is coming

With a whiff of spring in the air, people are thinking outdoor activities, but what about allergies?

It's that time again.

Still, allergist Stephen Tilles, MD, president of the Am College of Allergy,  Asthma and Immunology (, says there are some simple ways to make allergies more bearable.

Spring cleaning. Sweep away the cobwebs, do some deep scrubbing (mold, pet hair). Vacuum pet beds and wash their bedding often.

Pollen. Two-thirds of those with asthma have an allergy...conversely, your "allergy" may be asthma. If  you can't get rid of a cough or are short of breath, get checked for asthma.

Clear the air. Do NOT get an ionic air filter. The ionization makes particles stick to the wall or any surface, where you will pick them up anyway. Also--the produce ozone, which can create problems. Instead, get a HEPA room air cleaner rated with Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR). Central air? Change your filters every three months and used filters with a MERV rating of 11 or 12.

Fresh air. Forget it--don't open windows and let the spring come in. Turn on the AC with the new filer you just put in.

Also forget Dr Google. Sneezing a lot--ask an allergist. There are medications, even shots, that can help ease your suffering.

The Old Wives did not know everything.

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