March 20, 2017
SUNDAY, March 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you have seasonal
allergies, the arrival of spring on Monday is probably less about
warmth and flowers and more about itchy eyes and congestion.
But there are ways to ease allergy misery and keep asthma
symptoms in check, according to the American College of Allergy,
Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).
"People think they're doing everything they can to battle spring allergies," said ACAAI President Dr. Stephen Tilles, a Washington-based allergist.
"But many still find themselves under siege from pollen and other allergens that appear once the weather starts to warm up. What they don't realize is that by following a few simple rules they can make life a lot more pleasant, and their allergies more bearable," he said in a news release from the group
Here, he offers some tips:
- Do some spring cleaning. Dust and cobwebs can accumulate over
the winter. Mold can also build up in bathrooms and the basement,
particularly in spring when humidity rises. Furry pets may also
start shedding in spring, leaving more dander and hair around the
house. Cleaning the house, vacuuming and washing upholstery can
help remove allergens from the air and help ensure your nasal
passages stay clear.
- Consider asthma. Many people with seasonal allergies also
have asthma, making springtime doubly difficult. If you have a
nagging cough or trouble breathing, talk to an allergist. These
specialists can diagnose asthma and help you manage your
- Clean the air. You'll breathe easier if your air is clean.
The best way to do that is with a HEPA room air cleaner rated with
a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR). If you have central air, change
your air filters every three months and use filters with a MERV
rating of 11 or 12. Steer clear of ionic air filters, which make
dust and pollen particles stick to whatever they touch. These air
filters don't provide much benefit to those with allergies, the
asthma and allergy group cautions. They also produce ozone, which
is a health risk.
- Keep windows closed. In spring it's tempting to open the
windows and let in some fresh air, but this allows pollen to blow
inside your home and settle in your rugs and furniture. This can
cause allergy symptoms to flare up. Keep your windows closed and
use air conditioning with a new air filter.
- Consult an expert. Don't rely solely on the Internet for
expert medical advice. An allergist is a specially trained doctor
who can help you identify the cause of your symptoms and determine
the best treatment.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers more