Asthma and Allergies

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions on asthma and allergies.

What steps should an allergy sufferer take when pollen or mold counts are high?

If you suffer from allergies or asthma, it is important to check the pollen and mold counts, especially if your plans include outdoor activities, according to the American College or Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

The ACAAI recommends that if you have allergies, you avoid pollen and mold by:

  • Avoid drying clothes outside, use a clothes dryer instead
  • Clean and replace home air filters often
  • Keep windows closed as much as possible, both at home and in the car
  • Limit your time outside when counts are high
  • Shower after coming inside from doing yard work
  • Take off your outside work clothes when you go back inside your house to control spreading pollen on your clothes
  • Use an air conditioner that cleans, cools and dries air
  • Wear a dust mask (which can be found at a hardware store) to do outside jobs, like cutting the grass or raking leaves

For more steps to take when pollen and mold counts are high, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; J. Douglas Aldstadt, MD, Family Physicians of Englewood; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Reitz, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Grenetta Ritenour, CNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine