Lifewatch: Allergies

Reported by Claire Hosmann - email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

(WECT) - Over the past 50 years there has been a large increase in allergic diseases in the population.

This increase could be due to the higher use of antibiotics, childhood vaccinations, and a clearner enviornment around us.

Opening a window in the springtime can be risky for Sara Sanders who suffers from severe allergies to pollen.

In addition to keeping the windows sealed closed, Sara removed most of the carpeting and installed a state-of-the-art air filtering system.

Dr. Alpen Patel, and allergist with the Emory University School of Medicine, said there are other ways to protect yourself during allergy season.

"Showering or bathing at night basically taking the pollen off your body or your hair," said Dr. Patel.  "Limiting outdoor activities for those who suffer from severe springtime allergies, that includes recreational activities, hobbies like gardening, playing outside, working outside."

Patel says to see a doctor if that doesn't work.

"We usually recommend taking an antihistamine or an antihistamine decongestant, some of which are now available over the counter," said Patel.

Patel also recommends keeping your pets clean and out of the bedroom.  Pollen can get into their thick coats and make it difficult to keep allergy symptoms at bay.

To learn more about springtime and allergies, click here.