Tissue Time

| May 03, 2005

Sometimes it may be difficult to tell allergy symptoms from a cold. However, the key to allergies is that all of these symptoms occur at once. Also, colds can last for seven to 10 days, but allergies can end as soon as you are away from the source. Allergies also do not create fever.

Unfortunately, allergies cannot be cured, but some people have been known to “grow out” of allergies over time. The body will sometimes build up a resistance to a substance if exposure is prolonged.

Symptoms for persistent allergies can be treated with antihistamines, allergy shots, nasal sprays, limiting exposure to the outdoors and keeping windows closed at all times, even at night.

Allergy Management Tips:

  • Keep truck windows closed at night.

  • Use air conditioning with HEPA filters.
  • Keep interior humidity below 50 percent.
  • Keep truck windows closed while driving.
  • Avoid outdoor activities when the pollen count is high.
  • Take vacations in areas where the pollen count is lower.
  • Wear a paper mask when doing outside work.
  • Avoid hanging clothes outdoors to dry.
  • Take a shower after being outdoors to remove pollen and mold from your skin and hair.
  • Wash bedding weekly in hot water.
  • Use allergy covers on mattresses pillows and box springs.
  • Vacuum carpeting and upholstered furniture often.
  • Keep pets out of your bedroom and off furniture.
  • Avoid cigarette smoke.

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