Friday, September 17, 2010

Is staying indoors the answer???

Today I am home sick. Yes, actually sick on a Friday. Lots of people say,"Great! 3-day weekend!" You know what i say??? Give me the cure for the common allergy season!!!

Fall has almost arrived, bringing slightly cooler days — and allergies that cause sneezing, watery eyes and the feeling that my head is about to explode. This is just a yearly occurrence for me. Allergy shots for many, many years helped to divert some of the aches and pains of allergies but it looks like with age not only brings wisdom but the return of the dreaded physical reaction to Fall!

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, 35 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. Ragweed is the most common allergy trigger of hay fever in fall, although mold is another common cause. Seventeen species of ragweed grow throughout the United States (lucky me), and if you have pollen allergies, you have a 75 percent change of being allergic to ragweed (which I am!) Guess what their #1 strategy to curb the sneezing and wheezing is...

Stay indoors
Keep windows and doors shut, and stay inside during peak pollen times — usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). Up-to-date pollen information can be found at the AAAAI’s website. If you must work outdoors raking leaves, gardening, or mowing your lawn, protect yourself by wearing a mask (how attractive.)

So with the beautiful outdoors so easily accessible for me (my backyard) I have to avoid this? Check out these pics and see/feel my pain!

Karen - GMG


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