(HealthNewsDigest.com) - NEW YORK (April 3, 2014) - It is a common misconception that nothing can be done to treat seasonal allergies. Dr. Rachel Miller, director of the division of pediatric allergy and immunology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, and Dr. William Reisacher, director of allergy in the department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, offer the following strategies to help allergy sufferers survive the winds of spring and summer:
Minimize early morning activities. Pollen counts are usually highest between4 a.m. and 8 a.m.
Run the air conditioner instead of using a window fan. Air conditioners filter out large airborne pollen particles, whereas window fans draw pollen in
Keep your windows closed and clean your air conditioner filter regularly
Have several "safe" outfits available for pollen season. These are clean outfits that you only wear indoors and change into as soon as you get home.
Shower as soon as you get home to rinse the pollen off of your skin and hair
Take eye drops, nasal spray and non-sedating antihistamines an hour before exposure to allergens to decrease the severity of symptoms
Allergic to bees? Avoid wearing brightly colored clothing, flower prints, or perfumes and lotions with flowery scents
Always wear shoes when walking in the grass, and cover your body as much as possible when working outside
Don't forget to carry medication in case of an emergency
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, based in New York City, is the nation's largest not-for-profit, non-sectarian hospital, with 2,353 beds. The Hospital has nearly 2 million inpatient and outpatient visits in a year, including more than 220,000 visits to its emergency departments - more than any other area hospital. NewYork-Presbyterian provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine at five major centers: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division. One of the most comprehensive health care institutions in the world, the Hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education and community service. NewYork-Presbyterian is the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area and is consistently ranked among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S.News & World Report. The Hospital has academic affiliations with two of the nation's leading medical colleges: Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. For more information, visit www.nyp.org.
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