Every time you go outside, there seems to be a fine dusting of yellow – on the cars, your deck or even on the windows.

The pollen seems to be everywhere this spring and there is no avoiding coming in contact with the stuff that make you sneeze.

But MU Health Care has some ideas as to how to live with allergy season:

If you’re like more than 50 million Americans, you could be suffering from seasonal allergies. Common fall allergens in Missouri are ragweed pollen, weeds and molds.

“Allergies have a wide impact on our health,” said Christine Franzese, MD, allergist with University of Missouri Health Care and a professor of otolaryngology at the MU School of Medicine. “The problem is that many people don’t take allergies seriously, even though they can greatly affect an individual’s quality of life.”

In addition to the more obvious symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, a runny nose and a sore throat, people suffering from allergies often experience extreme fatigue and disrupted sleep.

“If you don’t treat your allergies, you’re likely going to feel tired and have trouble focusing,” Franzese said. “It’s not uncommon for employees and children to have impaired performance during peak allergy seasons. Illness, such as allergies, not only affects the quantity of work an individual completes, but also the quality of that work. Just because you’re physically present, it doesn’t mean you’re mentally present.”

To combat these productivity problems and improve quality of life, Franzese suggests allergy treatment. Treatment comes in three forms: avoidance, medication and immunotherapy.

~ Read the rest of this story in today’s Journal ~

Provided by MU Health Care & Bruce Wallace