Springtime Allergies Are Here: Tips to Cope

If your eyes are suddenly itchy and you’re rubbing them a lot, it’s probably allergies.

Check pollen count in your area at http://www.aaaai.org/global/nab-pollen-counts.aspx

Below is a Symptom Checklist to  tell the difference between allergies and a cold.

                                                          SYMPTOM CHECKLIST:

                                                   ALLERGY SYMPTOMS:   

Itchy Eyes

Itchy Nose

Itchy Throat

Headache Behind Eyes

Clear Mucus if Nose is Runny

Onset Immediate

Sometimes Fatigue

No Fever

Cough

Doesn’t Go Away

vs.

                              COLD SYMPTOMS:

Sneezing

Sore Throat

Headache

Sometimes Fever

No Itchy Eyes

Lack of Appetite

Fatigue

Achy Body

Comes on Slowly

Cough

Yellow or Green Mucus if Nose is Runny

Last 5-10 Days (more than that could be a sinus infection, see doctor)

                            TIPS TO HELP YOU COPE WITH ALLERGIES:

ALLERGIES:

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology says avoiding allergy triggers is the best way to reduce symptoms. Here’s how:

  1. Limit outdoor activities during days with high pollen counts.
  2. Keep windows closed (at home or in the car) to keep pollens out.
  3. Take a shower after coming indoors. Otherwise, pollen in your hair may bother you all night.
4.  Wear sunglasses to keep pollen from getting in your eyes.

 

5. Keep pets away from plants and trees (good luck with THAT).

…and there’s always over-the-counter help.

COLDS: Drink lots of fluids, get lots of rest, lozengers if your throat is sore, chicken soup, TLC and wait it out, over-the-counter help if it’s bad.  See a physician if it lasts more than 10-days.   A sinus infection will require antibiotics.

April 02, 2009 – COMING UP…Tonight at 11 p.m. Eastern tune into ABC7 in New York or at abclocal.com to find out the latest in help for allergies!

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Remember…you can manage the symptoms…and enjoy a Happy Spring! 🙂 -Maria Dorfner

Maria Dorfner is the founder of NewsMD and Healthy Within Network. This is her blog.

 

Stay healthy!

@Maria_Dorfner

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