Outdoor allergies flare up with spring weather

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Warm weather is bringing plenty of pollen to Indiana, and outdoor allergies are flaring up.

Dr. William Baker heads the allergy section at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He says it's impossible to completely avoid outdoor allergens this time of year, but symptoms can be managed.

He recommends staying indoors between 5 and 10 a.m. while flowers are opening for the morning sun because this is when pollen
counts tend to be highest during the day. Sufferers should also plan to be outside when pollen levels are at their lowest, like right after a rainstorm. He also recommends keeping windows closed and showering before bed to prevent pollen from spreading.

Baker says over-the-counter medications can help but severe
cases may need to be evaluated by an allergist.

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