Allergy Tips & Awareness
Preventative medicine is at the core of HealthCare Partners' Total Care Model. Each year, nearly 35 million Americans suffer from springtime allergies, with the most common trigger being pollen. Pollen consists of tiny grains released into the air by grasses, weeds and trees. It can also travel for miles, leaving in its path countless watery eyes, runny noses and scratchy throats.
Consider implementing the following tips to help you deal with springtime allergies:
- Keeping pollen in check
Quite often, Mother Nature greets Southern Nevadans with high winds. On those days, we recommend to stay indoors. The best time to go out, for those with allergies, is on calm days or after a rainstorm, which greatly reduces the amount of pollen in the air.
- The cleaner, the better
There are several ways to tame pollen within the household such as washing bedding once a week in hot water. Since pollen can accumulate in one's hair, showering before bed is recommended. When possible, keep windows closed to prevent pollen from entering the house. Wash items that can collect pollen, such as towels and throw rugs, on a regular basis. And, vacuum at least twice a week.
- When outdoors
When pollen counts are high, it's best to stay indoors. But when that's not possible it's best to delegate gardening chores or lawn mowing to avoid stirring up dust and pollen. Or, wear a mask when doing so. Remove clothing worn outside and shower to remove pollen from the skin. Monitor local media for each day's pollen count and avoid outdoor activities in the early morning when pollen counts are highest.
- The great indoors
Keeping the air as clean as possible inside the home is key. It's impossible to keep all allergy triggers from entering the home but they can be reduced. Use the air conditioner, and if possible, use high-efficiency filters and keep them maintained. Using a dehumidifier to help keep the air dry is also recommended.
Allergies affect everyone differently, which is why HealthCare Partners recommends consulting a physician to determine your best course of care. For someone with asthma, spring is often a difficult time to manage asthma symptoms. Grass and pollen from trees and flowers can trigger an asthma flare-up. Click here for a list of asthma triggers & tips: Spring Focus on Asthma