(Victor Valley) – Spring is in the air and that usually means sneezing, coughing, and general respiratory unhappiness for many of us. Since allergies can lead to other chronic conditions such as asthma, they should not be taken lightly.
If you suffer from allergies, the California Department of Public Health offers these valuable preventive tips to help you through the season:
- Keep windows closed at night to prevent pollens or molds from drifting into the home.
- Use an air conditioner to keep air clean, cool, and dry.
- Keep car windows closed when traveling.
- Minimize outdoor activity on windy days when mold and pollen are blown about.
- Take vacations to a more pollen-free area, like the seashore.
- Use a paper mask when mowing or raking which stirs up pollens and molds.
- Avoid hanging clothing or bed linens out to dry, pollen and molds collect on them.
- Take medications as prescribed in the recommended dosage. Do not take more medication to alleviate severe symptoms, unless directed by a physician.
Consider seeing an allergist who will take tests and develop a plan that may include medication and certain environmental controls to avoid the pollens and molds that can make you sneeze and wheeze.
To find an allergist in your area visit the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology’s web site at http://www.aaaai.org/ .