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5        <TITLE>Seasonal Allergies</TITLE>
7        <CONTENT>
8                <ibis:ExpandableContent titleLevel="2">
9                        <TITLE>Learn About Seasonal Allergies</TITLE>
10                        <CONTENT>
11                        <br/>
12                                <img ibis:src="view/image/health/breathing/AllergyIntro.jpg" style="float:right; width: 40%; height: 40%; margin:5px 5px 5px 5px;" title="Seasonal Allergies"/>
14                                Sneezing, itchy eyes and nose and/or throat congestion are the key signs of seasonal
15                                allergies, which often come on suddenly and last a few weeks to a few months. The trigger
16                                is commonly pollen. For this type of allergy, also called hay fever and allergic rhinitis,
17                                the symptoms happen when trees, grasses, and weeds release pollen in the air during fertilization.
18                                <br/><br/>
19                                The severity of allergy symptoms depends on:
20                                <ul class="Indent">
21                                        <li>what type of pollen a person is allergic to (a person can be allergic to more than one kind of pollen);</li>
22                                        <li>when that pollen is released;</li>
23                                        <li>how much pollen is in the air, and;</li>
24                                        <li>how much contact the person has with that pollen.</li>
25                                </ul>
27                                <h3>Allergy Season: Signs and Symptoms</h3>
28                                Seasonal allergies typically show up in the spring, autumn, and during windy weather
29                                but can happen throughout the year depending on the release of pollen. The typical
30                                symptoms of seasonal allergies include:
31                                <ul class="Indent">
32                                        <li>sneezing</li>
33                                        <li>itchy nose and/or throat</li>
34                                        <li>nasal congestion</li>
35                                        <li>clear, runny nose</li>
36                                        <li>coughing</li>
37                                        <li>itchy, watery, and/or red eyes.</li>
38                                </ul>
39                                <br style="clear: both"/><br/>
40                                Talk to your doctor if you think you or your child might have allergies. Your doctor
41                                will ask you about symptoms and when these symptoms show up. Based on that your doctor
42                                may recommend how you should plan for the upcoming season, recommend over-the counter
43                                medications such as antihistamines, to offer relief or refer you to an allergy specialist.
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46                <ibis:ExpandableContent titleLevel="2">
47                        <TITLE>Seasonal Allergy Health Tips</TITLE>
48                        <CONTENT>
49                                <ibis:ExpandableContent titleLevel="3"><SHOW/>
50                                        <TITLE>Health Tips</TITLE>
51                                        <CONTENT>
52                                                Reducing exposure to allergens such as pollen is the best way to lighten the
53                                                symptoms for a person with seasonal allergies looking for relief. Tips include:
54                                                <br/><br/>
55                                                <span class="Italicize">Wash the pollen away and keep it away every day.</span>
56                                                <ul class="Indent">
57                                                        <li>Keep windows closed to reduce how much pollen goes into your home, car or work place.</li>
58                                                        <li>Take off your shoes when you go inside. This will cut down on bringing in pollen and dust into your house.</li>
59                                                        <li>Wash your hands and rinse your face often. Pollen settles easily onto the skin and your hands and face most are often are exposed.</li>
60                                                        <li>Take a shower after being outside during pollination seasons.</li>
61                                                        <li>Bathe before going to bed and wash your hair because pollen can easily settle on skin and be trapped in hair. </li>
62                                                        <li>Frequently bathe pets that go in and out of the house because pets can carry pollen in their fur and hair.</li>
63                                                </ul>
64                                                <br/>
65                                                <span class="Italicize">Plan your day.</span>
66                                                <ul class="Indent">
67                                                        <li>Check the daily pollen counts.</li>
68                                                        <li>If possible, stay indoors when pollen counts are high.</li>
69                                                        <li>
70                                                                Plan outdoor activities for days when pollen counts are lower or when
71                                                                pollination does not occur for the trees, grasses or weeds that tend to
72                                                                cause your symptoms.
73                                                        </li>
74                                                        <li>Avoid doing yard work such as mowing lawns and trimming trees during allergy season (pollination).</li>
75                                                </ul>
76                                                <br/>
77                                                <span class="Italicize">Clean your home, car, and office/workplace.</span>
78                                                <ul class="Indent">
79                                                        <li>
80                                                                Dust frequently with a damp cloth and use vacuum machine with a HEPA filter.
81                                                                In addition to vacuum cleaning your floors, you should also clean upholstered
82                                                                furniture such as couches, chairs and car seats.
83                                                        </li>
84                                                        <li>
85                                                                Spring clean in the spring, summer and autumn. Wash the walls, countertops,
86                                                                desks and other surfaces regularly with soap and water.
87                                                        </li>
88                                                        <li>
89                                                                Wash your bedding. While it is common to wash and change bed sheets weekly,
90                                                                if you have seasonal allergies you should also wash all your bedding such as
91                                                                blankets, comforters, and bedspreads.
92                                                        </li>
93                                                        <li>
94                                                                Wash household items made of fabric such as table linens (tablecloths,
95                                                                napkins, placemats), throw rugs, and curtains.
96                                                        </li>
97                                                        <li>Use mattress and pillow covers.</li>
98                                                        <li>
99                                                                With so many sunny days in New Mexico it may be tempting to dry your
100                                                                clothes, towels and bed sheets on an outdoor clothesline. Avoid doing this
101                                                                during pollination season of the trees, grasses or weeds.
102                                                        </li>
103                                                        <li>
104                                                                How long is your commute to work or school? You may not realize how much
105                                                                time you spend in your car. It is important to vacuum clean your car
106                                                                or truck frequently and wipe all surfaces with a damp cloth.
107                                                        </li>
108                                                        <li>
109                                                                Periodically replace the filters in your heating (furnace) and cooling
110                                                                systems (air conditioner or swamp cooler).
111                                                        </li>
112                                                        <li>Give your pets a bath and wash pet bedding and toys.</li>
113                                                        <li>
114                                                                Often wash clothes that you wear everyday such a windbreakers, light jackets,
115                                                                sweatshirts and sweaters.
116                                                        </li>
117                                                </ul>
118                                                <br/>
119                                                <span class="Italicize">Think about your yard.</span>
120                                                <ul class="Indent">
121                                                        <li>Do you have wind-pollinating trees or shrubs right outside your bedroom window?</li>
122                                                        <li>How close to your entryway is grass growing?</li>
123                                                </ul>
124                                                <br/>
125                                                If you have an allergy sufferer in your household, choose landscape options
126                                                carefully and keep pollination patterns in mind as you plan your yard and garden.
127                                                For example, plant flowering plants that are pollinated by insects rather than by
128                                                the wind. In New Mexico cacti and succulents are an option for people with
129                                                seasonal allergies because these plants are drought-resistant and low pollen producers.
130                                                Keep in mind that most trees pollinate with the wind and that male trees or shrubs
131                                                produce more pollen than the female ones.
132                                                <ul class="Indent">
133                                                        <li>Check your local ordinances to learn which plants are not allowed in landscaping where you live.</li>
134                                                </ul>
135                                                <br/>
136                                                <span class="Italicize">What else can you do?</span>
137                                                <br/>
138                                                Since New Mexico has many mild days of nice weather and great landscapes to explore,
139                                                staying inside all the time may not be realistic for many. If this is the case for you;
140                                                talk to your doctor about which medicines (sold over-the counter or prescription), such
141                                                as nasal sprays would work for you. Your doctor may refer you to an allergist to help you
142                                                determine which treatment options would best for you. Understanding when the high season
143                                                is for the pollen you are allergic to is helpful so you may plan your start date for treatments.
144                                                <br/>
145                                                <h3>Exposure: Find relief by planning ahead</h3>
146                                                The allergies a person suffers will vary from person to a person. Sometimes it depends
147                                                on what pollen a person is allergic to, how much of that pollen is in the air and how
148                                                much a person breathes in. Understanding the typical release time of pollen from local
149                                                vegetation can help a person make plans to minimize contact with pollen. A person can reduce
150                                                allergy symptoms by doing activities away from high pollen areas and by taking allergy
151                                                medications that prevent symptoms before going to high pollen areas.
152                                        </CONTENT>
153                                </ibis:ExpandableContent>
154                        </CONTENT>
155                </ibis:ExpandableContent>
156                <ibis:ExpandableContent titleLevel="2">
157                        <TITLE>Pollination and Seasonal Allergies </TITLE>
158                        <CONTENT>
159                                <img ibis:src="view/image/health/breathing/PollenIntro.jpg" style="float:right; width: 40%; height: 40%; margin:5px 5px 5px 5px;" title="Pollen"/>
160                                During pollination, weeds, grasses and trees release pollen as part of fertilization.
161                                The powder-like particles, sometimes too fine too see, are carried by bees and insects
162                                from plant to plant or in the air by wind and breezes.  Pollen that comes from plants
163                                which fertilize through the air are a common trigger for symptoms of seasonal allergies (hay fever).
164                                <br/><br/>
166                        <br style="clear: both"/><br/>
167                        <ibis:ExpandableContent titleLevel="3"><SHOW/>
168                                        <TITLE>Pollen in New Mexico and Seasonal Allergies</TITLE>
169                                        <CONTENT>
170                                                The allergies a person suffers will vary from person to person, even within the same
171                                                household and symptoms of seasonal allergies differ from season to season.  The onset
172                                                and intensity of symptoms depends on what pollen a person is allergic to, how much of
173                                                that pollen is in the air and how much contact a person has had with the pollen.
174                                                <br/><br/>
175                                                A person can reduce these symptoms by planning activities that limit exposure to pollen.
176                                                This can include staying indoors during peak pollination times of the pollen he/she is
177                                                allergic to, changing bedding more frequently, and washing hair daily. If you suffer from
178                                                allergies, or you have symptoms that you think might be allergies, you should talk with your
179                                                healthcare provider to determine which pollens you are allergic to. Then you can discuss which
180                                                medications will reduce or prevent symptoms and what you can do to limit your contact with the
181                                                pollen causing your symptoms.
182                                                <br/><br/>
183                                                People in central New Mexico may be interested in knowing which trees, shrubs and grasses are
184                                                common in the area. The City of Albuquerque's Air Quality program lists the following vegetation
185                                                in the Albuquerque area which are often associated with season allergies:
186                                                <br/>
187                                                <ul class="Indent">
188                                                        <li>Juniper/Cedar</li>
189                                                        <li>Elm</li>
190                                                        <li>Ash</li>
191                                                        <li>Cottonwood</li>
192                                                        <li>Mulberry</li>
193                                                        <li>Chenopodiaceae (common weeds)</li>
194                                                        <li>Sage</li>
195                                                        <li>Grass</li>
196                                                        <li>Ragweed</li>
197                                                </ul>
198                                        </CONTENT>
199                        </ibis:ExpandableContent>
200                        <ibis:ExpandableContent titleLevel="3"><SHOW/>
201                                        <TITLE>Common Pollination Periods in New Mexico</TITLE>
202                                        <CONTENT>
203                                        Weather conditions such as wind, can affect how much pollen is carried in the air,
204                                        but usually not when pollination occurs. The typical pollen season begins in early
205                                        spring and ends on the first fall freeze, which for much of New Mexico, typically
206                                        occurs in late October and early November.
207                                        <br/><br/>
208                                        <img ibis:src="view/image/health/breathing/Pollen.jpg" style="width: 88%;" title="Common Pollination Periods in New Mexico"/>
209                                        <br style="clear: both"/><br/>
210                                        If you notice a rise in symptoms in early spring, usually in March and April, this may be
211                                        due to allergies of tree pollens.  In central and northern New Mexico, often those trees
212                                        are Juniper and Cottonwood. Juniper is known to begin releasing pollen as early as December,
213                                        peaking in March and April. Cottonwood typically begins pollinating in March and this lasts through June.
214                                        <br/><br/>
215                                        Typically weeds pollinate in late summer and fall. Weeds associated with seasonal allergies
216                                        include ragweed (there are several kinds) and sagebrush. Russian thistle, more commonly known as
217                                        tumbleweed, tends to pollinate from spring through summer.
218                                        <br/><br/>
219                                        <span class="Bold">Common Pollination Periods in Central New Mexico/ Albuquerque Metro Area</span> 
220                                        <br/><br/>
221                                        <img ibis:src="view/image/health/breathing/PollinationPeriods.jpg" style="float:right; width: 40%; height: 40%; margin:5px 5px 5px 5px;" title="Common Pollination Periods in New Mexico"/>
222                                        During spring and summer months, many people travel to central New Mexico for sporting events,
223                                        tournaments, shopping, and school field trips. The following guide may be useful when planning activities
224                                        for people who suffer from seasonal allergies, whether they live in, visit or shop in central New Mexico. 
225                                        Albuquerque's pollen season lasts from March 1st through October 1st. This is based on information from the
226                                        City of Albuquerque Air Quality Bureau.
227                                        <br/><br/>
228                                        <ul class="Indent">
229                                                <li>Juniper/Cedar pollen is produced from January through April and from September through December.</li>
230                                                <li>Elm pollen is produced from January through April.</li>
231                                                <li>Ash pollen is produced from March through June.</li>
232                                                <li>Cottonwood pollen is produced from March through June.</li>
233                                                <li>Mulberry pollen is produced from April through May.</li>
234                                                <li>Chenopodiaceae (common weeds) pollen is produced from April through August.</li>
235                                                <li>Sage pollen is produced from May through August.</li>
236                                                <li>Grass pollen is produced from May through October.</li>
237                                                <li>Ragweed pollen is produced from August through October.</li>
238                                        </ul>
239                                        <br style="clear: both"/><br/>
240                                        City of Albuquerque Air Quality Bureau: <a href=""></a>
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