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March means the beginning of Spring! And with the change in weather, Spring also brings a long list of allergens with it. With flowers budding and trees blooming, allergies can turn a clear March day into a groggy blur. But in order to reduce allergies, we first have to understand what they are.

An allergy is an abnormal reaction of the immune system when it comes into contact with a normally harmless substance, or allergen. Someone without an allergy to the substance would have no reaction. However, when a person with an allergy comes into contact with the allergen, it binds with antibodies that create chemicals such as histamine. These chemicals cause the much dreaded allergy symptoms. Normal symptoms of Spring allergies often include runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, but the list goes on. However there are many ways to reduce the effects of seasonal allergies such as pollen.

First, stay inside as much as possible on dry windy days. The wind can stir up the pollen and make it particularly unpleasant to be outside. The best time to be outside is after a good rain clears the air. To further prevent exposure, have others with milder allergies handle tasks such as mowing lawn or picking weeds from the garden if possible. If you have to take care of outdoor chores on your own, save yourself the stuffiness and wear a dust mask to keep the pollen out. Also, change your clothes after working outside to avoid bringing the allergens inside. An indoor air purifier couldn’t hurt either!

There are numerous over-the-counter and prescription medications that can help relieve symptoms if you can’t seem to outrun the allergens. There are numerous treatments for numerous symptoms; from decongestants to antihistamines, the variety can be a little overwhelming. The friendly doctors at Reddy Medical Group are here to help you if you have any questions, or if you are suffering from a particularly strong reaction. We want you to be able to enjoy this Spring; don’t let a little pollen get in your way!

Each of the Reddy Medical Group facilities provides primary care services by appointment, and urgent care services without an appointment Both our Athens and Royston offices are open seven days a week with extended hours. Our Danielsville office is open 5 days a week.

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