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NASAL ALLERGIES

There are three types of nasal allergies which doctors call rhinitis. If your symptoms come and
go as various plants bloom, you have seasonal allergic rhinitis. If your symptoms occur in the
spring, you're probably allergic to tree pollen. In the summer grass and weed pollin are most
likely the culprits. In late summer and fall - ragweed is the probable cause. If your symptoms
occur year-round you have perennial allergic rhinitis and are most likely allergic to house dust, molds and animal dander.

Some persons are even allergic to cold air, strong smells and fumes. Medical research has
shown that many allergy sufferers have asthma attacks which are triggered by allergy
symptoms.

What can we do to help ourselves if we have allergic rhinitis?
• Limit outdoor activities. If you do yard work, consider wearing a N-95 mask. Also shower and
shampoo then change your clothing.
• If you suffer from indoor triggers then use an air conditioner as much as possible in the
summer.
• For year round rhinitis seal pillow cases and mattress with plastic covers to keep out dust
mites. Also consider hardwood flooring or shampoo carpeting as the seasons change.
• Use a dehumidifier to keep humidity below 40% in your home.

NOTE: For severe symptoms see your doctor or allergist who can prescribe medications to
ease symptoms.