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Spring Allergy Alert: 5 Ways to Fight Pollen

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1Spring Allergy Alert: 5 Ways to Fight Pollen Empty Spring Allergy Alert: 5 Ways to Fight Pollen on 10th April 2010, 10:49 am

Spring Allergy Alert: 5 Ways to Fight Pollen

Can we surmise that the rise in world temperatures associated with climate change has an effect in supercharging allergy producing pollens?

You bet! We now have pretty good data to support the fact that greenhouse gases, specifically a rise in carbon dioxide, are a potentially major driver in the increase of allergy sufferers throughout the country. Higher outdoor temperatures appear to be lengthening the pollen season for some plants and trees, increasing pollen levels.

Remember, warm, windy, and dry days can increase local pollen levels as well. Thirdly, over planting male plants (i.e. trees) is responsible for nearly all of the pollens that lead to “allergy misery.”

It is essential to stay tuned and check out the pollen count so you can plan ahead, especially during the upcoming spring allergy season. The National Allergy Bureau reports daily pollen and mold spore levels.

Try these 5 tips to get ready for the onslaught of pollens:

1.Plan outdoor activities after checking pollen levels. (Even better, get tested so you know which pollens wreak havoc).

2.Don’t forget to change or wash the A/C filters at home on a regular basis to assist you indoors.

3.Wash your hair nightly and change your clothes before entering your bedroom to prevent outdoor pollens from being transferred into your bedroom and bedding.

4.Visit an allergist for a successful allergy treatment plan and pre-treat before your allergy symptoms make you ill.

5.Watch out for various foods that can worsen seasonal allergies — in at least one third of seasonal allergy sufferers, these include apples, pears, carrots, celery, almonds, hazelnut, and stone fruits (plum, peach, nectarine, cherry, etc). The most common symptom is itchiness of the mouth, tongue, lips, and throat after ingesting “cross-reactive” proteins in the foods.

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