Did you know it's never too late to develop allergies? It's not uncommon for adults and children who have never been bothered by seasonal allergies to develop allergy symptoms.
Seasonal allergies for every individual can be triggered by many different things, including plants, flowers, trees, air pollution and mold. Symptoms vary from person to person, so it's important to pay attention to your body and discuss bothersome symptoms with your healthcare provider. Treatment will depend on the type and severity of your symptoms.
Steps that everyone can take to minimize exposure to environmental allergens:
• Keep doors and windows closed when pollen counts are high — in your home and when driving in your car. • Invest in an air purifier for your home, especially your bedroom. Choose one that includes a HEPA filter, which is known to reduce 99 percent of dust, dander, pollen and other household allergens. • Upgrade your household vacuum. Vacuums today have specialized filters onboard that can contain airborne allergen dust and mildew as you sweep.
Is this an allergy or a cold?
Typical cold symptoms • Sneezing • Runny nose • Cough • Sore throat • Not feeling well in general
If you suspect you have allergies or your allergy symptoms are severe, talk with your doctor about allergy testing and treatment options. Looking for an allergist? St. Luke's Physician Referral Service nurses can help you find one that meets your needs: call 314-205-6060 or search the online physician directory at www.stlukes-stl.com.
St. Luke's Hospital is a regional healthcare provider committed to improving the quality of life for patients and the community. It offers care in more than 60 specialty areas and was the only St. Louis hospital named an America's 50 Best Hospital™ by Healthgrades® in 2007 through 2013 based on quality.