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Allergy Prevention and Control 

California Department of Public Health, Director's Weekly Health Tip - March 2007 

Spring is in the air - time to prepare for family picnics, mountain hikes and, for many Californians, annual spring allergies.  Since allergies can lead to other chronic conditions such as asthma, they should not be taken lightly.  If you suffer from allergies, below are some 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 and dehumidifier to keep air clean, cool, and dry.
  • Keep car windows closed when traveling.
  • Minimize outdoor activity on days when the pollen count or humidity is reported to be high, or 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.
  • Take a shower after spending time outdoors to remove pollen and mold thay may have collected on your skin and hair.

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 make you sneeze and wheeze.

To find an allergist in your area visit the American Academy of Allery, Asthma & Immunology's web site at http://www.aaaai.org/ .

To learn more about spring allergies, visit http://www.aaaai.org/springallergy/2006/default.asp .

To learn more about pollen counts, visit http://www.aaaai.org/nab .

 

 
 
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