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Allergy Season

Well, we made it to Spring.

Thankfully COVID numbers are dropping and we had almost ZERO FLU this year. While we do NOT need to forget about COVID, it’s time to say hello to allergy season. No doubt you’ve already seen the yellow dust everywhere. It’s time to fight back now! Spring allergies seem to be the worst for most people, and begin in March for our area.

Symptoms include:

sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and itchy, watery eyes. There are several things to help slow these nagging symptoms down besides moving to the moon. Start preventive medicine like Zyrtec or Claritin or Allegra as soon as possible. These are daily pills that even come generic and over the counter. We also keep some of these medicines in our office dispensary. Flonase or Nasacort nose spray used daily also helps, for many, even better than pills. They are over the counter too. You should start these meds before all the allergens start up if you can.

To prevent exposure, try these habits recommended by The Mayo Clinic:

- Stay indoors on dry, windy days. The best time to go outside is after a good rain, which helps clear pollen from the air.

- Delegate lawn mowing, weed pulling and other gardening chores that stir up allergens.

- Remove clothes you've worn outside and shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair.

- Don't hang laundry outside — pollen can stick to sheets and towels. Wear a pollen mask if you do outside chores.

- Close doors and windows at night or any other time when pollen counts are high. - Avoid outdoor activity in the early morning when pollen counts are highest.

- Use high quality air filters in your home and change them regularly

Use these tips to help keep those pesky allergies away. Contact us if you are having more trouble so we can check you out right away.

Happy Spring!! Ah…Ah...chooo!!


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