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Seeing more yellow? Tips for combatting pollen

little boy blowing nose in flower field

Spring time brings warmer weather, longer days, colorful vegetation and pollen. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For seasonal allergy sufferers, increased pollen can trigger sneezing, runny nose, sore throat and itchy, watery eyes.

“Allergies can be very debilitating to a patient’s daily life and can sometimes cause superimposed infections if not well controlled,” says Ascension Medical Group’s Lan Ly, MD, family medicine physician.

While you can’t pollen-proof your life, Ascension Via Christi offers these tips to reduce exposure and manage symptoms.

•    Plan ahead: Pollen counts typically peak between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Stay indoors during this time and plan outdoor activities for later in the day. Various online resources and apps can provide up-to-date information on pollen activity specific to your area.
•    Wear protective gear: When doing yardwork, if you will be outside for longer periods of time, or if you are extra sensitive to allergens in the air, consider wearing a face mask to minimize inhaling or swallowing pollen. Sunglasses or even goggles can also help protect your eyes from the allergen.
•    Manage symptoms: Over-the-counter antihistamines or nasal steroids can help keep the sneezing and other symptoms at bay.
•    Talk to your doctor: If you aren’t getting relief, talk you your doctor about what treatment plan is best for you.

If you’d like to talk to a doctor about seasonal allergies, contact:
•    Manhattan: Ascension Medical Group Primary Care - 785-565-2900 or make an appointment online
•    Pittsburg: Via Christi Mercy Clinic - 620-232-2890 or Ascension Medical Group (pediatrics) - 620-235-7612
•    Wichita: Ascension Medical Group - visit or for more information, call 316-274-7222  

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, go to


About Michelle Kennedy

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