By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

The Answer to Allergy Season

By Dinee M. Riley, M.D

It’s that time of year again - the dreaded pollen cloud has invaded yet again and kicked our allergies back into high gear. Spring allergies are here and that means an increase of pollen and mold in the air.

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), pollen season can begin as early as February and last through October, although weather patterns and location can alter the start and end dates. But there are ways to help better prepare for the allergy season.

You should see your doctor or allergist before any symptoms occur. If you happen to have taken any medication or antihistamines that helped in the past, take those before you start to see the pollen in the trees. If this is your first time experiencing allergies, you doctor can help provide the right treatment or sustain better healthcare throughout the upcoming months. Treat you surroundings as carefully as you would yourself. Minimize the allergens that may have found their way inside your home. Vacuum the floors, furniture, and rugs often. Other tips to consider is showering before bed and changing the air filters regularly. The transfer of allergens is easy and can often times make matters worse. Pollen isn’t the only culprit, either. Mold can also kick you allergy symptoms into overdrive. The AAAAI recommends keeping mold out of your home by focusing on areas where mold is most common - basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and any areas with leaks. Repair and seal any leaks in pipes, windows or roofs and determine the best way to remove any existing mold if present. Lastly, don’t let this season keep you from the outdoors. It’s best to avoid the time of day when the pollen count is high, typically in the early morning hours.

Keep the allergies at bay and continue living normally. We are here to assist you in better health care preparation and the overall well-being for you and your family.

To schedule your appointment with Dr. Dinee Riley at DeKalb Medical Physicians Group Lilburn Internal Medicine, call 770.806.8710 or visit www.lilburninternalmedicine.com