Airborne Allergies

Allergies often can be mistaken for a cold. Turn to p.6 to find out how to tell the difference.

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Allergy Triggers

There are two kinds of airborne allergies:

  • Indoor, year-round triggers –you always have the chance of being around these because they are found indoors where you live and work.
  • Outdoor, seasonal triggers- you’re only around these during certain times of the year, usually in the spring or fall.

Your doctor may suspect you have allergies if:

  • You’ve had-like symptoms that last more than two weeks.
  • You seem to get a cold the same time each year.

The first step to threading allergies is to try and stay away from whatever causes your symptoms. but this is not always possible —-especially if you’re a landscaper and you’re  allergic to grass pollen! If you can’t avoid your allergy triggers, your doctor may suggest treatment.

  • Allergy Medicines- over-the –counter and prescription –only options to help improve symptoms.
  • Salt-water or Saline rinse- over –the –counter nasal spray to help relieve stuffy nose.
  • Allergy shots-(also called immunotherapy) monthly shots given over three to five years to get your body used to the allergen in so it no longer triggers symptoms. this is often us

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