Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | May 17, 2013

Manage/Prevent Allergy Symptoms and Enjoy the Warmer Weather!

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Temperatures have finally risen and the first day of summer is not far off! As fun as this time of year can be, the season can wreak havoc on those with asthma and allergies. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 1 in 5 Americans suffer from allergies and over 24 million report having asthma. Those are big numbers for issues that are often overlooked or insufficiently treated. Read on for some helpful terms and tips for preventing allergy symptoms!  

 

 

Terminology (From the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America)  

 

  • Allergen: A substance that triggers an allergic reaction.
  • Allergic rhinitis: An allergy affecting the mucus membrane of the nose. Seasonal allergic rhinitis is often called “hay fever.”
  • Skin prick test: A test where a needle is used to scratch the skin with a small amount of allergen. A response can usually be seen within 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Intradermal test: A test where an allergen is injected just underneath the skin. Intradermal tests are generally used when results from a skin prick test are unclear.

 

Tips for Preventing Allergy Symptoms

 

  • Keep areas within the home clean and vacuumed as much as possible. Avoid dust accumulation and wash bedding frequently to help control dust mites.
  • Avoid pollen by keeping windows shut and using a quality air filter.
  • Keep aware of the local pollen count and allergy forecast here.  
  • There are treatment options available for controlling symptoms so that allergies don’t derail one’s life! Talk with a healthcare professional for developing an individualized plan of care.

 

 Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

– Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=5&sub=72.

– Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Glossary of Allergy Terms. http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=103&cont=473.    

Pollen.com. Allergy Forecast. http://www.pollen.com/allergy-weather-forecast.asp.

 

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

 

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