Fairfax, VA – April 20, 2009 – Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) the leading patient advocacy group for allergy and asthma, offers this time-tested, medically accurate and practical primer to dealing with pollen allergies this season. Because there is no need to tolerate symptoms, miss work or school, or stay locked inside your home because of pollen. Learn more at www.aanma.org.
April showers bring more than May flowers. Pollen floats in the air, coats our cars, and fills our noses, eyes and lungs with misery. Pollen is organic matter, so when it comes in contact with mucosal tissue of the eyes, nose, and airways, it stimulates the immune system to get rid of it. The eyes try to flush it away by producing excess tears; the nose and lungs produce excess mucus; and tear ducts, sinus passages and small airways get clogged, producing a host of itching, sneezing, coughing and wheezing — not to mention the misery that goes along with it.
Even though pollen is everywhere and unavoidable, you can lessen or prevent symptoms.
1) Use over-the-counter sterile saline eye drops and/or nasal spray frequently to flush pollen out of your eyes and nasal passages.
2) Use a Neti pot or a nasal wash kit to flush sinuses morning and night.
3) Wash your hair or brush it well before going to bed to remove pollen collected during the day.
4) Allergy medicines work best if used before symptoms begin or at the first sign of itching, tearing, nasal congestion or dripping, coughing or wheezing. Use nonsedating antihistamines; avoid using combination medications that contain ingredients you may not need.
5) If symptoms do not respond to nonprescription drug therapy within three days, you are wheezing (chest makes sounds when you breathe) or you are running a fever, it’s time to consult your physician or allergist.
Founded in 1985, Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics is the leading national nonprofit family organization dedicated to eliminating suffering and death due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. AANMA’s core areas of expertise are education, advocacy and outreach. The organization’s www.aanma.org website and award-winning publications, Allergy & Asthma Today magazine and The MA Report newsletter, are consumer lifelines to medical news and healthy living. For more information, call 800.878.4403 or visit www.aanma.org.