Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Spring 2015 Allergies

     As Spring is in full bloom in Central Ohio, allergy season is in full bloom also. Here in the middle of April, the trees are pollenating, the grass is pollenating (a little early this year), and the mold counts are quite high. The molds are a tricky one. There are molds that prefer dry conditions and molds that prefer wet conditions. During the Spring, when it rains for a few days then warms up and is sunny and windy (something that has happened frequently this last 4 weeks), the mold counts are high.
     There is an excellent website that gives frequent updates about allergy counts. It is the AAAAI site, a national professional allergy group. The closest reporting station is in Dayton, Ohio and here is the link. If you are wondering "What is out there today, allergy wise?", this is an excellent resource.
     Although years ago everything was by prescription only, now the vast majority of allergy medicines are over the counter: the big three antihistamines (Claritin, Zyrtec, and Allegra), two of the top nasal sprays (Nasacort and Flonase), and the allergy eye drops Zaditor and Patanol. The doses are on the package or check our website.
     If you are having problems keeping the symptoms under control, contact us to discuss what further needs to be done to help.

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