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Published on May 04, 2017

Allergy Season Ahead

Spring is Here and Allergies and Asthma May Be Near…

Allergy Season AheadFlowers are blooming. Pollen is flowing in the air. Spring time can be such a beautiful sight. But with the change of the season comes a rise in allergy and asthma symptoms for those of all ages. More than 17 million adults and seven million children suffer from asthma, and 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. So what is the best way to control seasonal allergies? And, when do you know when symptoms of allergies are actually asthma? We’ve got the info for you right here!

3 Ways to Control Seasonal Allergies

  1. Use Proper Air Circulation: Believe it or not, staying indoors and using a central air conditioning system can help (in the car, too!). To help reduce seasonal pollens from entering your home, be sure to keep windows closed and do not use fans.
  2. Medication: There are many types of prescribed and over-the-counter medications to help control allergies for all seasons. Medications range from daily pills, nasal sprays, inhalers, and eye drops. “Based on your situation, it is best to talk to your physician about what may be your best option,” said PIH Health Family Medicine physician Sonya W. Thomas MD.
  3. Avoid Exposure to Irritant: If you are aware of what you allergic to, for example grass pollens, try not to mow your own lawn or if you must do so, wear a mask. It is best to limit exposure to irritants to avoid triggering symptoms.

Is it More than an Allergy? Could it Be Asthma?

Spring allergies can trigger and worsen asthma. According to healthline.com, “allergy-induced asthma is the most common type of asthma diagnosed in the United States.” It is important to know the difference between the two:

Symptoms of asthma include: Chest tightness, wheezing, breathlessness and coughing at night/or in the morning.

Symptoms of allergies include: watery and itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose, scratchy throat, rashes and hives.

If you are experiencing these symptoms on an ongoing basis, it may be time to visit your primary care physician for a check-up.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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