Advanced Allergy & Asthma Family Care

Seasonal Allergies

                               

Seasonal Allergies
                     

In the Northeast the pollen seasons are as follows:                                                                           

            Trees: March-May

            Grasses: April-October

            Weeds: June-October

Preventing allergic reactions
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology recommends the following tips to help prevent allergic outbreaks this allergy season:

1)     Do a thorough spring cleaning -- windows, book shelves and air conditioning vents collected dust and mold throughout the winter that can provoke allergy symptoms

2)     Postpone outdoor activities until later in the morning. Pollens are usually emitted between the hours from 5 - 10am

3)     Know your local pollen count (National Allergy Bureau www.aaaai.org/nab)

4)     If possible use air conditioning instead of having windows opened

5)     When traveling in a car have the windows up and the air conditioning on

6)     Stay indoors on hot, dry and windy days

7)     Don't hang your laundry out to dry. Allergens will collect on them

8)     Do not mow the lawn or rake the leaves without a filter mask

9)     Wash bedding weekly in hot water

10)  Shower and wash your hair every night before going to bed

11)  Remove visible mold with non-toxic cleaning products

12)  Beware of high mold spore counts after a heavy rain or in the evening

13)  Wear sunglasses when outdoors to protect your eyes from pollen spores

14)  If you wear contact lenses, use daily disposable lenses during the allergy season

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