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Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Provides Essential Tips to Help with Seasonal Allergy Problems

Washington, DC, March 30, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – With the spring allergy season in full swing, you may be experiencing the symptoms of seasonal allergies – also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis or “hay fever.” Seasonal allergic rhinitis affects approximately 7.7% of adults and 7.2% of children, causing symptoms such as sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, red and watery eyes, itchy nose, eyes, ears or mouth and swelling around the eyes.

“The pollen seasons have become longer due to climate change,” said Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). “It can mean more misery for people with seasonal allergic symptoms. But you do not have to suffer – there are ways to keep your allergies under control.”

What causes these symptoms? At first mostly tree pollen, but grass pollen season also starts in spring. AAFA wants to help you manage allergic symptoms by offering some helpful tips on how to limit your contact with pollen:

  1. If pollen counts are high, stay indoors whenever possible. Check local pollen counts or forecasts daily. Plan extracurricular activities for days / times when pollen counts are expected to be lower.
  2. Stop pollen to get into your home. Keep windows / doors closed during pollen season or peak pollen meals. Use central air conditioning or heating with a CERTIFIED asthma and allergy friendly® air filter or cleaner (portable or whole house / HVAC) if you can. Before entering your home, take off your shoes and wipe hairy pets.
  3. Customize your wardrobe. A mask can be an effective barrier and prevent much of the pollen in the air from getting into your nose, mouth and lungs. Wear sunglasses to prevent some of the pollen from getting into your eyes. Wear a hat or other hair covering when you are outside so that pollen does not collect in your hair.
  4. Keep your bedroom allergy-friendly. Pollen can build up on your clothes after you are outside, so make sure you put on clothes and wash after outdoor activities. Wash bedding once a week in warm, soapy water. Shower before going to bed to keep pollen out of your bedding. And keep your bedroom pet free – pollen can enter your room on their fur.
  5. Start allergy treatment. There are options to help prevent or treat allergic symptoms. Nasal saline flushes, nasal corticosteroid injections, oral allergy medications (such as non-dreamy, long-acting antihistamines), decongestants (for short-term use), leukotriene modifiers, and immunotherapy (allergy injections or drops) are some of the options. Talk to your doctor about which treatments are right for you.

You can find more information from AAFA on how to recognize, prevent and manage your seasonal allergic symptoms in our recently released 2022 Allergy Capitals vers report. Our report also helps communities to see where the needs of people with allergic diseases, such as seasonal allergies, can be better met.

To learn more about pollen allergies, go to aafa.org/pollen-allergy. To better understand the differences and similarities between the symptoms of seasonal allergies and COVID-19, use AAFA’s symptom map available in English and Spanish: https://www.aafa.org/covid19.

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About AAFA

Founded in 1953, AAFA is the oldest and largest non-profit patient organization dedicated to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease for people with asthma, allergies and related conditions through research, education, advocacy and support. AAFA provides extensive support to individuals and families affected by asthma and allergic diseases, such as food allergies and atopic dermatitis (eczema). Through its online patient support communities, network of local departments and affiliate support groups, AAFA empowers patients and their families by providing practical, evidence-based information and community programs and services. AAFA is the only asthma and allergy patient advocacy group certified to meet the standards of excellence set by the National Health Council. For more information, visit https://www.aafa.org/.

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