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Take Control of Allergies

Peak Allergy Season

Early spring means budding trees and blooming flowers, it also brings about the peak allergy season. Allergy sufferers are all too familiar with peak allergy season as a time when they can be forced indoors, missing out on a fun soccer game and strolls in the park due to their allergy symptoms.

When to Seek Help

Pollen, trees and ragweed are allergens that could cause an allergic outbreak. If an allergic outbreak occurs, an allergist / immunologist is the best qualified specialist to help patients who suffer from allergies.

Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction

  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Ear congestion
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath

Do's and Don'ts

  • DO a thorough spring cleaning. Windows, book shelves and air conditioning vents collected dust and mold throughout the winter that can provoke allergy symptoms.
  • DO keep windows closed at night to prevent pollens or molds from drifting into your home. Instead, if needed, use air conditioning, which cleans, cools and dries the air.
  • DO minimize early morning activity. Pollen is usually emitted between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.
  • DO keep your car windows closed when traveling to prevent pollen from collecting in your vehicle.
  • DO shower and wash your hair every night before going to bed.
  • DO try and stay indoors when the pollen count or humidity is reported to be high, and on windy days when dust and pollen are blown about.
  • DO view the pollen count in your area. Visit the National Allergy Bureau (NAB) web site.
  • DO take a vacation during the height of the pollen season to a more pollen-free area, such as the beach or sea.
  • DO take medications prescribed by your allergist/immunologist regularly, in the recommended dosage.
  • DON'T take more medication than recommended in an attempt to lessen your symptoms.
  • DON'T mow lawns or be around freshly cut grass. Mowing stirs up pollens and molds.
  • DON'T rake leaves, as this also stirs up molds.
  • DON'T hang sheets or clothing outside to dry. Pollen and molds may collect in them.
  • DON'T grow too many, or over water, indoor plants if you are allergic to mold. Wet soil encourages mold growth.

Contact Information

Allergy and Inflammation - Research
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Center for Life Science, 9th floor
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215