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 viachristi.org/doctors or for more information, call 316-274-7222