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March Madness: Ways to Combat Allergies and the Growing Pollen Count

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CHARLOTTE -

It’s March and the trees are starting to bloom. Depending on where you live, different connotations of spring and all its aspects will come to mind. For us Southerners, we think of pollen. Pollen brings another dreaded word into our vocabulary: allergies.

Many people suffer from allergies. And while the flowers are beautiful, they can wreak havoc on a person’s sinuses.

Dr. Sanjay Khiani, of Family Allergy Asthma & Sinus Care, says “Spring has definitely finally arrived. Patients are actually having more symptoms.”

“When you breathe in the pollen, you get inflammation in your nose and sinuses. That can cause watery or itchy eyes, itchy nose, post-nasal drip and throat. Also for patients, it causes them to be fatigued and tired just because they’re not getting a good night’s sleep.”

That doesn’t mean we should frown when we see our calendars change to March 1st. There are things you can do to keep the pollen and your allergies at bay.

"Pollen usually peaks around 5-10 am, so activity outside should be more later on through the day, late afternoon when the pollen counts are the lowest. Other simple things you can do, is because the eyes are one of the most sensitive parts of the body, I would recommend wearing sunglasses so it can block the pollen.”

Dr. Khiani also says to keep the windows and doors of both your car and house closed. That way the pollen stays outside and away from you.

In short, there is no way to avoid pollen and allergies. But there are precautions that we all can take to cut down on the discomfort we all know and dislike. This is good news for those of us in the South, where pollen counts are some of the highest.

Dr. Khiani has an extensive list on how to combat allergies, read his blog here.

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