Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies or hay fever, according to American academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the main cause for causing allergy is pollen. Once you figure out/identify the pollen you are allergic to especially if your allergy triggers of Asthmatic attacks.
Runny nose, teary eyes, sneezing, nasal obstruction, itching in nose
Allergies can trigger Asthmatic attack, shortness of breath, making it hard for you to breathe, wheeze.
The timing of your allergy attacks is clue as to what causes them.
If you suffer in early spring: probably sensitive to the pollen. If you suffer in late spring/summer: Grass pollen If you suffer in late summer/autumn: Ragweed
Following precautions help you to combat your allergies.
- Limit Pollen exposure: stay away from open fields, let someone else mow your grass and weed your garden.
- Safest times to be outside Pollen counts are lowest for an hour or two after hard rain. They are highest at about 6AM on days with sun and light wind.
- During peak pollen months, stay indoors as much as possible and keep windows and doors closed. Never sleep near an open window.
- Use the air conditioner keep the filters clean.
- When riding in a car, keep the windows and vents closed set the airflow to recirculating or use the air conditioner.
- Wash your hair daily to remove pollen.
- Exercise indoors so that deep breathing does not expose your nose to pollen.
- Good workout also opens up nasal passages.
- Avoid alcohol, as it will make you feel more congested. Smoking can cause an allergic reaction or can increase your existing sensitivities.
- Avoid stress, which can increase your sensitivities, your emotional reactions to stress can worsen symptoms of nasal allergy or asthma.
- Dust often with damp cloth. Encase your mattress and pillows in dust proof/allergies impermeable covers.
Triggering Factors: Dust, Roaches, animal dander, tobacco smoke, pollen, grass, mold.