Fall allergy season starts

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    LITTLE ROCK - Do you find your allergy symptoms are worse from mid-August through September? The primary culprit of fall allergies is ragweed pollen.

    A ragweed plant only lives one season, but it packs a powerful punch. Symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis, also called "hay fever," can have a major impact not just on a person's quality of life, but also their ability to function well at school and work.

    Proper diagnosis is the first step in managing your symptoms. An allergist/immunologist can diagnose and treat ragweed and other allergies, enhancing quality-of-life for those who suffer. Arkansas Allergy & Asthma Clinic in Little Rock has six board certified allergy/asthma specialists available for interviews for medical segments and news stories concerning this important health issue.

    The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology estimates that 36 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. AAAAI offers these tips for minimizing exposure to ragweed:

    ? Take medications at least 30 minutes prior to outdoor activity. Consult with an
    allergist/immunologist to ensure medications are helping you.

    ? Keep windows closed to keep pollen from drifting into your home. Use the air
    conditioner, which filters, cools and dries air.

    ? Stay indoors when pollen counts are highest, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

    ? Change your clothing after time spent outdoors and avoid drying laundry outside.

    ? Shower and wash your hair before bed - pollen can collect on your hair and skin which
    will otherwise wind up on your pillow.

    Students are back in school - it's important to notify the school nurse/staff of food allergies and asthma plans of action. Effective communication is a must. Kids with a food allergy are two to four times more likely to have conditions such as asthma and other allergies. Arkansas Allergy & Asthma Clinic also offers AAAC-FEAST, a support group for families of children with food allergies serving Central Arkansas.

    The group's meetings offer free education, training and general support for families dealing with the day-to-day challenge of managing food allergies and the stress that goes along with it.

    Please let us know if you would like to schedule a seasonal allergy segment(s). Our physicians have experience in providing media interviews, live call-in segments and professional commentary to accompany developing stories. We would also be happy for you to come in to our office to interview a patient receiving an allergy skin test or allergy injection.

    (Source: Arkansas Allergy & Asthma Clinic

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