Isn’t spring lovely? The trees are green, the azalea bushes are blooming, and the bees are buzzing. But here in the South, we get an extra helping of pesky insects and dust clouds of pollen. It’s a nightmare for those suffering with allergies.
Simply put, allergies are an overreaction of your immune system to something that irritates it like pollen. These irritants can also be dust mites, mold, or other annoying airborne particles, as well as bug bites, medications, and certain types of foods.
Since May is Allergy & Asthma Awareness Month, we would like to share three helpful resources for dealing with allergies. However, first of all, the most important thing you can do is if you suffer from allergies or asthma, avoid your triggers and take your medications, if prescribed.
1. Keep an Eye on the Pollen Count
Atlanta Allergy & Asthma is a well-established organization with clinics all over Metro Atlanta. Researchers there have been tracking pollen counts in Georgia for many years. Their website is a great resource for checking the pollen count for the day and comparing it with previous days, weeks, and months. The organization even has a pollen count newsletter you can sign up for to receive daily pollen and mold count updates.
2. Check out These Allergy-Safe Recipes
If avoiding certain foods is a concern for you, then check these tasty allergy-safe recipes compiled by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. You can filter the recipes based on which ingredients you need to avoid and find anything from desserts to main courses.
3. Keep Your Home Clean with this Guide
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has also put together a helpful guide for keeping your home allergy-safe. It includes helpful recommendations for cleaning, storing trash and dirty dishes, and other tips you may not think about like keeping the door from your garage to your house closed to keep gas fumes inside the garage. These useful tips may come in handy during pollen season, as it’s easy to bring that yellow dust indoors. Since you spend most of your time inside your home, keeping it free of excess, dust, pollen, mold, and other irritants will help you sleep better and feel better overall.
We’re all in this together. At Good Samaritan Health Centers of Gwinnett, we provide quality, affordable medical services to those who don’t have health insurance. If you need to make an appointment with a primary care provider, please call 678-280-6630 for our Buford Highway location or 770-806-0162 for our Commercial Court clinic.