4/21/2014 12:00:00 AM
(YOUNGSTOWN; April 21, 2014) – As if this winter’s polar vortex wasn’t bad enough, spring has sprung and with it has come a phenomenon known as the pollen vortex, promising extra misery for the Valley’s allergy sufferers. Our long, drawn-out winter has pushed tree flowering behind schedule, leading to a massive pollen dump rather than the usual slow trickle. While many of us can’t wait to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather, the advent of spring for those who suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis sees them greeting the season with a box of tissues and more than a little bit of dread.
|Kelly Tomasic, MD
“While many people think seasonal allergies just consist of sneezing and itchy eyes, allergies can include much more problematic and disruptive symptoms, such as headaches, sinus issues, nasal congestion and coughing,” says HMHP family physician Kelly Tomasic, MD
. “Dry, windy days make matters worse, scattering tree and grass pollen in all directions, while drenching spring rains send the mold count soaring. The simplest – and best – recourse for treating allergies is often one of the most difficult adjustments for people to make after a winter cooped-up indoors – controlling their environment.”
HMHP, which provides advanced, compassionate, quality care in your neighborhood through its care network, and Dr. Tomasic
suggest the following to help you find some relief from your allergy symptoms:
- Postpone outdoor activities until later in the morning, since most pollen emission happens between 5-10 a.m.
- Keep your windows closed and use air conditioning, even on pleasant spring nights
- Stay indoors when the pollen count or humidity is high and on windy days when dust and pollen are blowing about
- When driving, keep the windows up and turn on the air conditioning
- Don’t hang your laundry out to dry - allergens will collect on them
- Do not mow the lawn or rake the leaves without a filter mask
- Wash bedding weekly in hot water
- Shower and wash your hair every night before going to bed
- Remove visible mold with non-toxic cleaning products
- Plan a vacation during the height of the pollen season to a more pollen-free area, such as the beach
Even after taking these precautions, many people need to use allergy medications to help get through the worst of the season. To find a medication that’s right for you, check with your primary care doctor for recommendations. If your allergies persist, your doctor may suggest you see an allergist to determine which allergens are causing your reactions. With that information in hand, your doctor can develop an effective, personalized allergy treatment plan just for you.
Dr. Tomasic sees patients at Boardman Complete Family Health Center, located at 7000 South Avenue, Suite 2 in Boardman. Call 330-729-9514 to learn more about Dr. Tomasic or to schedule an appointment with her.
To find an HMHP physician in your neighborhood, or to learn about the services provided at HMHP, please visit HMpartners.org/doctors or call 330-480-3151.
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