Taking Control of Your Seasonal Allergies in the Metro Area

Spring pollen season has arrived and with the budding of our Midwest trees, especially oaks, we have an abundance of pollen in the air. Most of us are heading outside to enjoy the warm weather and get started on some gardening or a spring sport while many suffering from allergies are heading back inside to avoid the itchy eyes and sneezing attacks.

When to Seek Help

Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction:

  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Ear congestion
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath

DOs and DONT's

Here are some practical tips to lessen exposures to pollen and molds that could trigger allergy symptoms.

DO a thorough spring cleaning. Windows, book shelves and air conditioning vents collected dust throughout the winter

DO keep windows closed at night to prevent pollens from drifting into your home. Use air conditioning to clean, cool, and dry the air.

DO minimize early morning activity. Pollen is usually emitted between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.

DO keep your car windows closed when traveling

DO shower and wash your hair every night before going to bed

DO try to stay indoors when the pollen count or humidity is reported to be high, and on windy days when dust and pollen are blown about

DO view the pollen count on our website homepage to help decide if staying inside would be advisable

DO take a vacation during the height of the pollen season to a more pollen-free area, such as the beach or sea

DON'T take more medication than recommended in an attempt to lessen your symptoms

DON'T mow lawn or be around freshly cut grass. Mowing stirs up pollens and molds

DON'T grow too many, or over water, indoor plants as wet soil encourages mold growth

Date: 4/25/2005

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