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The Allergy Guide

THE ALLERGY GUIDE 60 40 $14.5 MILLION PERCENT BILLION estimated annual cost of treating allergies Americans suffer from allergies. of children's outdoor activities are limited by allergies. MOST COMMON OUTDOOR ALLERGENS 1 POLLEN 2 SMOKE 3 MOLD Tiny cells needed to fertilize plants. not commonly considered an allergen... Tiny fungi related to mushrooms but without stems, roots or leaves. Starts in late spring in Sources include diesel engines, barbeque grills, fireplaces, wood stoves and cigarettes. the South and heads Can be found almost north as the weather anywhere, including soil, plants and rotting wood. gets warmer. Symptoms include sneezing, watery eyes, nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy throat and cough. Symptoms include burning or watery eyes, nasal congestion, coughing and shortness of breath and Symptoms include cough, sneezing, watery eyes, congestion, runny nose and itchy throat. hoarsness. -PEAK ALLERGY SEASONS Grasses often cause symptoms late spring nd early summer. Weeds cĂ use hay fever in late summer and fall. Most prevalent in hot, dry regions such as prairie lands. JAN FEB MARCH APRIL MAY JUNE JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC ALLERGY RISKS BY REGION WEST NORTHEAST Tree pollination is usually in full swing from February to June. Tree pollination is usually in full swing from February or March. In California, oak e and walnut trees can be problematic. Hazelnut, elm, maple, poplar, hackberry and red cedar are among the offenders. In the dryer states of Arizona and New Mexico, trees such as cedar, ash and Grass pollens pick up in May and June. oak pollinate from February to April. Weed season begins in August and continues through fall. Weed season can extend from spring to fall. Ragweed is a problem in Arizona and e New Mexico. SOUTH Due to longer growing seasons and higher rainfall amounts the South is one of the worse Tree pollen season is roughly February through May. Oak, cedar and pecan trees cause the most problems. regions for allergy sufferers. Grasses can be a problem year round. Often someone allergic to one type of grass is allergic to all. Weed season starts in late summer and continues until a hard freeze. MIDWEST Known for ragweed pollen which thrives with higher carbon dioxide. The more air pollution, the hardier ragweed becomes. 17 $700 MILLION is lost by U.S. companies each year due to allergy caused lost workdays. MILLION Tree pollen season is roughly March to June. Trees that typically trigger allergies include elder, alder, birch, oak, elm and hickory. Outpatient visits are accounted for each year due to allergies. Grasses start to pollinate in the summer and weeds in the fall. OUTDOOR ALLERGY PREVENTION Use high-efficiency filters and follow regular maintenance schedules. Check local media for Stay indoors on dry, windy days. current pollen forecasts and levels. Delegate lawn mowing and gardening chores that stir up allergens. Use allergy medications before symptoms start. Keep indoor air dry with a dehumidifier. Shower after long periods outdoors. N Avoid outdoor activity in the morning when pollen counts are highest. Clean floors often with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter. Close doors and windows Wear a dust mask for Use the air conditioning in your house and car. when pollen counts are high. outdoor chores. SOURCES PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 2012 MOLD SMOKE POLLEN

The Allergy Guide

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Seasonal allergies plague some 60 million American each year. While outdoor allergies like pollen can cause sniffles, sneezes and itchy eyes during the spring and summer months, millions of children a...


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