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Prep Your Home for Allergy Season

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Allergy season is kicking into high gear! - Dr. Timothy Hendrix, AdventHealth Centra Care.

Allergy season is kicking into high gear! During this time of year, the pollen from oak, pine, and sweetgum trees are making us sniffle and sneeze… and the weeds and grasses are not far behind. Allergy symptoms tend to get worse with dry, breezy conditions that disperse the pollen particles through the air.

Symptoms of allergies often mimic those of a cold – sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, and lots of sneezing. Itchy eyes, however, are a symptom of allergies, not colds; and, generally fatigue and fever are not allergy symptoms.

To keep symptoms at bay, take allergy medication before symptoms appear. Additionally, prevent allergens from hitching a ride into your home by doing the following: 

Double up on doormats: 85 percent of the contaminants in your home, including pollen and other allergens, can be found within about 10 feet of exterior doors. So, in addition to your outdoor doormat, add an extra one in the indoor entryway of your home. 

Leave ‘em at the door: Shoes, book bags, and other items exposed to the elements should be kept in the garage, mud room, or closet. 

Don’t forget Fido: Animal fur can track in dirt, pollen, and other allergens. Before letting furry friends back inside the house, wipe them down with a towel or animal-friendly towelette. 

Prevent allergy buildup: Ridding our homes of allergens is a no-brainer, but allergy sufferers should also regularly vacuum and clean dashboards, seats, and floor mats of cars.

Again, because some allergy symptoms overlap with the cold and flu, it’s important to know that if symptoms persist for longer than two weeks, it could indicate allergies. However, for those who suffer from asthma, managing allergies is critically important as the condition could trigger an asthma attack. Nebulizer therapy, more commonly known as a breathing treatment, can help relieve symptoms and prevent asthma flareups. 

Dr. Timothy Hendrix is the medical director for AdventHealth Centra Care. He received his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

 

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