Allergies 2

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Life with allergies doesnt have to be miserable. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill provides tips that can help you in your fight against allergies.

Dr. Hill:

An allergy is an immune response or reaction to substances that are usually not

harmful.

One in every four Americans suffers from allergies. If you are one of those unfortunate Americans, the most effective treatment for allergies is to avoid contact with whatever you are reacting to. Other than avoidance, here are some things you can do that may help:

Stay inside as much as you can on dry, windy days and in the mornings when pollen and mold counts are highest.

Avoid chemical irritants like perfume, household cleaners and chlorinated pool water that can increase your sensitivity to inhaled allergens. Cold weather also affects some peoples sensitivity.

Reduce dust, especially in your bedroom. Try keeping floors and walls as bare as possible and other surfaces free of clutter. Wash bedding once a week and vacuum regularly, and

Run your air conditioner. It cuts down on airborne allergens and it keeps the air dry, which prevents the formation of mold.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.