Allergy Tips

Our Austin allergists share allergy tips to help patients breathe easier

Allergies can affect your quality of life. Our Austin allergists have time-tested allergy tips to help improve your daily life and keep you and your family healthier.

Allergy tips for relief from seasonal, pet, mold and pollen allergies

The pollen that ragweed, cedar, oak and other plants and trees produce cause seasonal allergy symptoms. Here are some allergy tips to help.

  1. Be aware of the daily pollen count. We provide a daily count on our website, and it’s available from other sources. When the count is high, try to avoid being outdoors.
  2. Avoid outdoor chores such as gardening and mowing the lawn when the pollen count is high. If you must be outside, wear a mask.
  3. Keep doors and windows closed in your home, workplace and car, especially when pollen counts are high.
  4. Shower, wash your hair and change your clothes as soon as you go inside after you’ve been active outdoors.
  5. Do a sinus rinse when you return from outdoors.

Allergy tips for mold

Some of the allergy tips for mold allergies are the same as those for seasonal allergies -monitor mold counts and shower after being outdoors. You should also follow these mold-specific allergy tips.

  1. Tackle places in your home where mold thrives – bathrooms, kitchens and laundry areas. Clean thoroughly with diluted bleach, fix leaks and remove carpet in these areas of your home.
  2. Maintain a low humidity level in your home – 35% is best, but 45% or lower is acceptable.
  3. Consider adding a HEPA filter attachment to your central air conditioner or purchasing a freestanding air cleaning unit.

Pet allergies

Pet allergies are not caused by pet hair; instead, they are caused by allergens found in a pet’s saliva, urine and on their skin, which is pet dander. Our allergy tips help you avoid these allergens.

  1. No matter how much you love your pet, limit how much you hug or kiss them or let them lick you.
  2. In addition, keep your pet out of the bedroom and off the furniture. Buy them a comfortable bed of their own.
  3. Remove carpet from your home.
  4. Keep pets brushed and clean. Bathing twice a week reduces dander.
  5. Consider adding a HEPA filter in bedroom.

Insect sting allergies

One of our best allergy tips for insect sting allergies is an obvious one: avoid being stung. Follow these steps.

  1. If you discover a hive or nest, do not try to destroy it yourself; hire an exterminator.
  2. Don’t go barefoot outdoors; wear shoes with closed toes.
  3. Avoid areas with high grass where ant hills or underground nests may be hidden.
  4. Wear fragrance-free products and avoid wearing bright clothing.
  5. Wear long sleeves and long pants in heavily wooded areas and dry, grassy or leafy areas.
  6. Always carry an EpiPen® or other autoinjectable epinephrine if you have an insect allergy.

Our Austin allergists offer a final allergy tip: If you suspect you have allergies, get tested, and work with our allergists to determine the most effective treatment. Contact us today.

Fall 2015 Allergy Outlook on KXAN

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Fall begins September 23rd, but fall allergens have gotten a head start in Central Texas. Four major types of pollen affect the area during each autumn season. Dr. Douglas Barstow with Austin Allergy and Asthma Associates predicts will be a heightened pollen year for fall elm.


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