Spring time is here which means seasonal allergies are here!

Posted on May 05 2011 by John Mauro

 

Spring time is here and that spells flower buds, blooming trees — and for the many people who have springtime allergies, it means runny nose, sneezing, congestion, eye irritation, tearing and itching. Seasonal allergies occur during certain times of the year from exposure to certain airborne substances (pollen), particularly the spring, summer, or fall—depending on the particular allergy.  Symptoms usually involve  the membrane lining the nose, causing allergic rhinitis, and  the membrane lining the eyelids and covering the whites of the eyes (conjunctiva), causing allergic conjunctivitis. In the spring, wind-borne pollen from trees such as alder, birch, juniper, oak, maple, elm come across frequently. As Spring finishes and turns to Summer, different types of grasses play a key role, such as orchard, bermuda, timothy, johnson, and weeds such as English plantain and Russian thistle. As Fall comes around, ragweed is the key culprit. Signs and symptoms of allergies tend worsen on  hot, dry or windy days when there is significant  pollen and mold in the air. Treatment can include but is not limited to, antihistamines, decongestants, and corticosteroids. These may either be in the form of eye drops, nasal sprays or oral medications. It is important to remember that avoidance of certain triggers can be your best friend.

There are a few things that you can do to reduce your exposure to your allergy triggers. Limit your pets access to your bed as pollen sticks to animal fur. If you are doing outside chores, such as gardening or mowing the lawn, wear a dust mask. Dry windy days as mentioned before are worse than a good rainy day which helps remove pollen from the air. Checking local news or radio stations for pollen counts help as well. Its always recommended to use a micron allergy grade filter in the house ventilation system if applicable. We tend to advocate using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in the bedroom. Carpets unfortunately while much more comforting when you get out of bed on a cold winter morning, tend to carry a crop load of dust, dirt and various potential allergens. It is recommended that they be vacuumed and cleaned regularly.spring is coming and what a great time to get rid of glasses and contact lenses. 

At North Shore Eye Care in Smithtown New  york in long island, our patients that are nearsighted, farsighted or have astigmatism are coming in for lasik laser eye surgery.  At our long island eye care practice, we have been specializing in lasik laser vision correction for many years and have been a leader in laser eye surgery for over 10 years. 

 

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