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Safety Nugget Week of February 29 - With Spring Comes Allergies< Back to Blog

Mar 08, 2016
By: C. Wang
Categories: Safety


I look out my office window and notice the beautiful pear blossoms in bloom here and around the whole city. It reminds me it’s spring time. When I was back in Austin, I did see a lot of people suffering from allergies during this season.

Pollen allergies affect up to 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children in the United States. The allergy is unlikely to go away once it has developed. However, symptoms can be treated with medications and allergy shots. Making certain lifestyle changes can also help relieve the symptoms associated with pollen allergies. The symptoms of pollen allergies include sneezing; runny or stuffy nose; itchy throat or inside of ears; hives; swollen eyelids and itchy eyes; and coughing, wheezing and trouble breathing.

How is a pollen allergy treated:

  • staying indoors on dry, windy days
  • having others take care of any gardening or yard work during peak seasons
  • wearing a dust mask when pollen counts are high (check the Internet or the weather section of the local newspaper)
  • closing doors and windows when pollen counts are high
  • antihistamines, such as loratadine (Zyrtec) or diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
  • decongestants, such as pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) or oxymetazoline (Afrin nasal spray)
  • medications that combine an antihistamine and decongestant, such as Actifed and Claritin-D




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