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Early spring allergies pack a punch: Tips for sufferers

allergies041012_optBY TERI GATTO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Spring came early this year bringing with it warm days, early blooms, and allergies.

“With the projected weather forecast allergy sufferers will really have a problem this year,” said Leonard Bielory, MD, Rutgers Center of Environmental Prediction at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and director of the STARx Allergy and Asthma Center in Springfield, New Jersey.

Bielory, who is currently conducting research on how environmental changes impact pollen producing plants, said that the warm winter and early spring boosted the production of tree pollen and mold spores which affect many allergy suffers.

The Mayo Clinic suggests the following to stem the effects of seasonal allergies:

-Shut window and doors and avoid going outdoors during dry, windy days.

- Wear a mask doing outdoor chores.

- Avoid gardening or mowing the lawn.

- Check newspapers, radio or the internet for the latest pollen counts in your area.

- Begin medication before symptoms start.

- Change your clothes and rinse your hair when coming into the house.

 

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