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Harbor View Medical Clinic

Thomas C. Thomas M.D.
110 Westwoods Dr.
Liberty, MO 64068
(816)781-6127

Todays Allergy Counts

Grab The Kleenex!

Ragweed season, for allergy suffers, can be on of the most dreaded times of the year. Symptoms can be mild to severe and may include, but are not limited to, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, sinus drainage, and congestion. Windy days can contribute to a higher pollen concentration because pollen will travel for 500 miles.

Be sure and discuss your allergy symptoms with your doctor and the options of treatment that are available. Whether it is prescribed anti-histamines, starting allergy treatment, or any other suggestions that can give you relief during the season.

Helpful Hints:

  • Schedule your outdoor activities when pollen counts are not at their highest. Pollens will peak by 11a.m.
  • Remain in air-conditioning as much as possible and avoid the temptation to open the windows on cooler days.
  • Relieve itchy, watery eyes by rinsing them daily with an over-the-counter eye wash. You may need to obtain a prescription for eye drops from the doctor if your symptoms persist or worsen.
  • Foods that can increase your symptoms and that should be avoided include:
    • Watermelon
    • Cantelope
    • Cucumber
    • Celery
    • Apples

Pollens generally peak after the 15th of September, they will start to decline around October 1st, but will remain in the air until our first freeze.

Keep watch for other helpful hints, and remember, keep the Kleenex handy.

Sharon Cox, Head of the Allergy Department

Please feel free to contact me with questions at sharonc@harborviewmedical.com