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Spring (and the) Air

pwilson April 15th, 2010, 3:22 PM
Paula Wilson, RN, Registered Nurse, Clinical Coordinator
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Spring is in the air and people think of new beginnings. All around us we see flowers and trees blooming in brilliant colors and wonderful scents. However, along with warm and gentle breezes, pollen and mold are also in the air. Pollen alone can come from different sources including trees, grasses and weeds. These allergens can be a nuisance for some, causing sneezing, and watery, itchy eyes. For some, these symptoms are accompanied by a scratchy throat, hives and an inflammatory response in the lungs. For those with chronic respiratory symptoms such as COPD or asthma, the simple act of breathing becomes all the more difficult.Cherry Blossom

One way to manage the symptoms is to be aware of the pollen and mold count in your area. You can check on-line or on the local weather service. This can help to better plan and manage your day and you can adjust outdoor activities as needed. Other steps to manage allergy symptoms include:

  • Stay indoors when possible if the levels are high, and when you need to go out, tailor your outdoor activity accordingly.
  • Keep the windows in your home closed during the morning hours when the pollen count is at its highest.
  • If you go out during the day, wear a hat to protect your hair from the pollen or wash your hair before going to bed.
  • Remove clothes and shoes immediately when entering your home to prevent spreading pollen in the home.
  • Take your asthma and/or allergy medications and nasal sprays as prescribed by your physician to help alleviate symptoms.

Please share with us whatever tips you may have for dealing with the spring air!

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  • Paula, great advice! I just bought brand new filters for my air purifier. Seems to help!

  • I have heard never, ever put clothing that has been outside (especially jackets or sweaters) onto your bed.

  • I’m glad to hear that the air purifier is helping out, Amy. I had a friend recently tell me that the air was so thick with pollen he could practically taste it! Also, it is an excellent practice to not put clothing that had been outside on your bed. It is those little tips that help so much. Thanks Stav!

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