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All About Allergies

Did You Know?

According to the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, about half of the U. S. population suffers from allergies. These negative reactions occur as a result of coming in contact with normally harmless substances. Some allergies change or disappear over time, while seasonal attacks will return at the same time each year for only a few weeks or months.

Though allergies can affect anyone, individuals with the following characteristics are afflicted more often:

  • Under 40 years old
  • Have at least one parent with allergies
  • Suffer from allergic conditions such as asthma

Symptoms of allergies include:

  • Sneezing
  • Red, itchy or watery eyes
  • Dry throat
  • Stuffy nose

To alleviate allergy symptoms, consider the following recommendations:

  • Stay indoors when the pollen count outside is high.
  • Keep your home clean and as dust-free as possible.
  • Place pillows, mattresses and duvets in allergen-proof encasements.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with double bags, allergen-trapping bags or a HEPA filter.
  • Avoid having pets or going near others’ pets if you have animal allergies.
  • In your home, choose hardwood floors instead of carpeting.

Healthy Hints

Treatment for most allergies is available over-the-counter or by prescription. If your symptoms do not go away after a few days of over-the-counter treatment and rest, consult your doctor for potential allergy treatment options to alleviate your symptoms.

By Zywave, Inc.