If you're suffering from sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny
nose, you're not alone. Omaha was recently named the
nation's 13th worst city for seasonal allergies.*
"Fall allergies are related to many causes, including
environment and agriculture, in the Midwest," said
McCann Houng, M.D., family medicine, Alegent Creighton
Clinic, 132nd and West Maple.
Most fall allergies are triggered by pollen from trees, weeds
and plants — major culprits include ragweed, Russian Olive,
Sagewort and Rye — or mold.
"Your physician can do a skin test to determine the offending
allergens, then work up a treatment plan," said Dr. Houng.
This may include: Salt-water nasal rinses; steroid nose sprays;
antihistamines; or allergy shots given by your physician.
Defend yourself with these four tips:
- Stay inside with air-conditioning.
- Keep car and house windows closed.
- Shower or bathe before bed to rinse pollen off hair and skin.
- Vacuum with a HEPA air filter to keep indoor air as clean as possible.
* Source: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America 2013 survey results were based on pollen scores, number of allergy medications used per patient, and number of allergy specialists in the area.
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