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Worst Pollen Season in 30 years! We have relief !!!
by Dr Ellie Campbell
Wheezing, sneezing, itching and dripping! You know the drill. It happens every spring. Just as Atlanta gets its most beautiful with everything in bloom at the same time, your allergies become a nightmare.
Proper allergy care can help you feel well, stay active during the day, and rest at night. You are not alone…. up to 40 million Americans also suffer.
Campbell Family Medicine can help you develop a plan for rhinitis treatment. The goal will be to enable you to lead a symptom free life that is as normal as possible.
Hay fever treatments:
Avoidance – A single ragweed plant may release 1 million pollen grains in just one day. The pollen from ragweed, grasses and trees is so small that the wind may carry it miles from its source. Mold spores, which grow outdoors in fields and on dead leaves, also are everywhere and may outnumber pollen grains in the air even when the pollen season is at its worst.
While it’s difficult to escape pollen and molds, here are some ways to lessen exposure.
- Keep windows closed and use air-conditioning in the summer, if possible. Automobile air conditioners help, too.
- Don’t hang clothing outdoors to dry. Pollen may cling to towels and sheets.
- The outdoor air usually is most heavily saturated with pollen and mold between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., so early morning is a good time to limit outdoor activities.
- Wear a pollen mask (such as a NIOSH rated 95 filter mask) when mowing the lawn, raking leaves or gardening, and take appropriate medication beforehand.
Medication – available in many forms, including tablets, nasal sprays, eye drops and liquids. Log on to Atlanta Allergy to get daily alerts of pollen counts. This helps predict bad days so you can step up care.
Some of our favorite natural remedies are
- Neti pot to wash away the pollen and shrink the swelling. We have nasal irrigators for purchase
- Quercetin, NAC and nettles are found in products such as AllerDHQ from Xymogen, D-Hist from Orthomolecular, and Sinuplex from Metagenics which is NOW AVAILABLE in our online store.
- Vitamin C 1000-2000 mg per day; B Complex – 100 daily
- Eat locally grown raw honey for a few weeks before the season starts: too late if trees are your issue. Start NOW if you are allergic to grasses.
- Put dust mite covers on your bed! This does not help the pollen, but it reduces the cumulative exposure to allergens.
If this does not help, come see us or your allergist to discuss shots or allergy drops.