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    How to approach the management of seasonal allergies


    Change lifestyle routines

    Dr. Raizman tells patients to change their clothes, wash their face and hands, and brush their hair after they come in from being outdoors in allergy season. Failing to do so only spreads the pollen inside the house, including onto their pillow, which puts it near the patient’s face all night.

    He also encourages allergy sufferers to avoid touching their eyes when they are outside to reduce transferring pollen via their hands. Eye rubbing also causes ocular blood vessels to dilate and release inflammatory mediators and mechanical degranulation of mast cells.

    “This can be a vicious cycle. Your eyes itch, you rub,” Dr. Raizman said. “Histamine gets released from rubbing. Your eyes itch more. You rub more. It can go on for days or weeks.”

    Dr. Donnenfeld said he counsels patients on ways to minimize exposure to their specific allergen. “For example, if you're allergic to dust mites, it's a good idea to change your sheets and bedding and avoid having rugs and drapes in the room. If you're allergic to pollens, avoid cutting the lawn,” he said.

    Using hypoallergenic bedding can be good idea, he added.


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