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Allergy season: What to expect. How to prepare.

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The good news is that spring is here. The bad news is that the arrival of spring’s warmer temperatures also means allergy season will soon kick into high gear.
 
The 2017 allergy season was one of the worst on record as a result of a mild winter. This past winter was milder and, as a result, the pollen is not blooming like it was last year. However, doctors at Via Christi say that does not mean people with allergies are out of the woods.

Vanessa Cook, MD, a family medicine physician at Ascension Medical Group on 6th Street in Manhattan, recommends following these tips to help lessen the impact of allergy season:
• Avoid known allergens
• Change clothes after being outdoors
• Shower before going to sleep to avoid bringing potential allergy triggers into your bed
• Frequently change sheets and pillow cases

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States, with more than 50 million Americans suffering from allergies every year.
 
If you’d like to talk to a doctor about seasonal allergies, contact:

 Via Christi is part of Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system. To find a doctor, visit viachristi.org/doctors.

About Michelle Kennedy

Michelle Kennedy is the Senior Marketing Specialist for Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg and Wamego Health Center. She is a proud wife and mom and loves cooking, camping and spending time outdoors, her dogs and reading.