CLEVELAND - "You're paying the price for warmer weather," said Dr. Akhil Chouksey, director of Allergy and Immunology at the MetroHealth Medical Center. "The later the frost comes, the longer that things bloom and the longer the pollens are going to be prevalent."
Dr. Chauksey said the top three allergens, in order of the allergy seasons, can be remembered with T.G.R.: trees, grass and ragweed.
Right now, we're dealing with trees, and according to the specialist, "tree pollen here is actually very aggressive."
If you deal with allergies, here are some tips:
- Don't want to avoid the outdoors? "Middle of the day or afternoon is probably better," to be outside, said Chauksey.
- Do you deal with itchy skin or rashes? The doctor gives said, "the more you cover, the pollen will land on the clothes, as opposed to the skin. People put a lot of cream and moisturizing lotion and then go out. That becomes a magnet and things will stick to the skin."
- Dr. Chauksey said the biggest thing to remember is, "first know what you have. Don't assume you know what you got. If spring is a problem, prepare yourself. There are tons of medications, very effective medications."
For some, OTC medications do the trick. For others, it requires seeing a physician or specialist to figure out what will work best for your allergies.
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