A Guide to Surviving Allergy Season: NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Offers Hints & Tips for Those Affected by Allergies
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A Guide to Surviving Allergy Season:
NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Offers Hints & Tips for Those
Affected by Allergies
QUEENS, NEW YORK (March 16, 2017) — Every spring, trees and
plants release pollen into the air to fertilize other plants. The
released pollen can potentially enter an individual’s nasal passages and
trigger an immune response. This process affects millions of Americans
and is commonly referred to as “having allergies.”
“Allergies affect millions in the U.S., and while is there no way to
avoid irritants like pollen entirely, there are simple solutions to
mitigate allergic reactions,” explains Joseph T. Cooke, M.D., chairman,
Department of Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. “As winter
evolves into spring, sometimes it just makes sense to stay indoors.”
Dr. Cooke adds, “Allergy sufferers should pay attention to the pollen
index, use vacuums designed to better pick up common irritants, and
close their windows when the pollen count is high.”
Physicians with the NewYork-Presbyterian Queens Division of Allergy and
Immunology, led by Dr. Stanley Fine, offer the following tips to help
those potentially suffering from allergies:
Check the pollen index. Pollen counts are regularly
reported by weather and news agencies. Get in the helpful habit
of checking these pollen counts daily. When the pollen count is
high, consider limiting your outdoor exposure.
Use natural remedies with caution. Herbal or natural
remedies may work, but the word “natural” on a label does not
necessarily mean an over-the-counter treatment is helpful. In
fact, it may prove to be harmful.
Select the right vacuum. A vacuum with HEPA-filtration
technology can help remove irritants from the home. This may
help reduce the chance of breathing in pollen or other
Opt for the air conditioner. Fresh air in the home after
the winter season seems nice, but for those with allergies, it
might not be practical. If the pollen count is high, close your
windows and consider turning on the air conditioning.
Keep extra clean. During spring season, be extra diligent
about personal hygiene, washing your clothes and cleaning up the
house. Even with the windows closed, our clothes, hair and body
will bring irritants into the home.
Use anti-histamines two hours prior to sustained outdoor
activity. If pollen counts are high, and you cannot avoid
staying outdoors, use anti-histamines two hours prior to outdoor
activities to reduce allergy symptoms.
Know when pollen counts are the highest. Pollen counts
tend to be the highest during midday hours. Try to schedule
usual outdoor activities and exercise in the morning
or late afternoon.
Make an appointment with your doctor. Do not assume that
pollen is the trigger causing an allergy, there multiple other
causes for allergy.
Consider nasal rinses. Rinsing the nasal passages with a
saline solution can reduce nasal congestion and drainage
throughout the day.
Change the filters in your house regularly. Air filters
are often hard to reach, but can make a big difference in air
quality. Make sure you’re changing out your air and furnace
filters as recommended to reduce irritants in your home.
NewYork-Presbyterian Queens, located in Flushing, New York, is a
community teaching hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine,
serving Queens and metro New York residents. The 535-bed tertiary care
facility provides services in 14 clinical departments and numerous
subspecialties. Annually, 15,000 surgeries and 4,000 infant
deliveries are performed at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens. With its
network of affiliated primary and multispecialty care physician
practices and community-based health centers, the hospital provides
approximately 162,000 ambulatory care visits and 124,000 emergency
service visits annually. For more information, visit nyp.org/queens
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