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Published on April 09, 2013

Alleviate your Achoos!

April 9, 2013

Sneezing. Coughing. Watery eyes. Sound familiar? Approximately 50 million Americans cope with allergies every year, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. While allergy symptoms can be annoying, you may be unknowingly making your symptoms worse.

Common allergy mistakes include:

  • Taking matters into your own hands. If you suffer from allergy-like symptoms every year, but only use over-the-counter medications for relief, your symptoms may never go away. Consult your primary care physician about a referral to an allergist.
  • Delaying medication use. You don’t have to wait for those pesky allergy symptoms to start taking your medications. Talk with your physician about beginning your medication routine a few weeks before your local allergy season starts.
  • Welcoming allergy aggravators. Don’t let common allergens win the battle. When pollen count is high, keep your windows shut and shower after being outdoors for long periods of time. Mold allergies tend to peak in the spring, so fix any water leaks, clean bathroom accessories, such as the shower curtain and rugs, and use a fan to prevent mold growth.
  • Eating certain foods. Seasonal allergy sufferers often have oral allergy syndrome, a condition in which the immune system recognizes a similarity between the proteins in pollen and certain foods, which sets off a response. Bananas and certain melons may trigger a ragweed allergy, while raw apples, celery and carrots can cause birch-pollen allergy.

Is Fido Making You Sneeze?Is Fido Making You Sneeze?

Regardless of the breed of dog, or whether he or she has long or short hair, no dog is completely hypoallergenic. Dogs give off allergens in their skin, saliva and urine. The symptoms of dog allergies are similar to other nasal allergies, including:

  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Skin reactions

If someone in your family is allergic to your beloved pooch, consider the following:

  • Play with your dog outdoors
  • Ban the dog from couches and bedrooms
  • Wash your hands after playing with your pooch
  • Clean the carpet at least once a week
  • Remove rugs

Sources: kidshealth.org, parenting.com, webmd.com, familydoctor.org and cdc.gov

Is it time to see a doctor about allergy testing or treatment? Visit www.kpgcares.org to find out more about KishHealth Physician Group doctor and to make an appointment. 

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