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Help for Allergy Sufferers

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Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? If so, you are in good company – more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Help is here! The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology suggests the following tips during pollen and mold season:

 
  • Close your windows at night to avoid pollen and mold blowing inside your home. Use air conditioning instead to dry and cool the air. The same holds true for car windows.
  • Pollen is usually emitted between 5-10 a.m., so minimize your early morning activities, if possible.
  • Stay inside when the pollen count or humidity is high and on windy days.
  • Schedule your vacation during the height of pollen season. More pollen-free areas include beaches and oceans.
  • Avoid mowing the lawn, being around freshly cut grass and raking leaves. These activities stir up pollen and mold.
  • Do not hang sheets or clothing out to dry because pollens and molds may collect in them.
  • Do not grow too many, or overwater, indoor plants if you are allergic to mold. Wet soil encourages mold growth.
 

St. Mary’s Hospital has two board-certified allergists and immunologists on staff – Dr. Pradeep Simlote and Dr. Kannarkat P. Verghese. These doctors focus on the function of the human immune system and the diagnosis and treatment of allergic disorders. To contact the hospital’s Medical Staff Office, call (301) 475-6088. 

 
 

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