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Delayed Spring Weather May ‘Surprise Attack’ Allergy Sufferers

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Due to the late start of spring-like weather this year, many Long Islanders have forgotten to take seasonal preventative steps to thwart bothersome allergy symptoms, according to Philip W. Perlman, M.D., FACS, Director of the ...

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Roslyn, NY - April 30, 2015 - Due to the late start of spring-like weather this year, many Long Islanders have forgotten to take seasonal preventative steps to thwart bothersome allergy symptoms, according to Philip W. Perlman, M.D., FACS, Director of the Department of Otolaryngology at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn.

Dr. Perlman noted that Long Island’s very long, wet winter has led to more moisture in trees and grounds, which will produce a more robust bloom and vigorous pollen count starting now. A lack of warm weather - which usually serves as a reminder to address allergy issues – will result in a ‘surprise attack’ of irritants for those not prepared. Pollen is the enemy of allergy sufferers’ quality of life, but the doctor advises there are steps you can take to mitigate the discomfort:

  • Begin taking antihistamines immediately to help manage and prevent allergy symptoms, such as inflammations and sinus infections.
  • Use a saline solution or neti pot to cleanse nasal passages and rinse away allergens that stick to membranes in the nose, to prevent inflammation in the sinus passages and respiratory tissues.
     
  • More over-the-counter sprays and other remedies will be available this spring, including some that were previously available only by prescription, but do not OVER USE them, as that can cause irritation and bleeding.
     
  • If you feel any signs of sinusitis, asthma, or upper respiratory tract infections, or if sneezing symptoms persist for three months or longer, go see your doctor. If prescribed allergy medications -USE AS DIRECTED.
     
  • Plan for good health: it’s recommended that sufferers know their allergens. Ask your doctor to get tested to find out what you’re allergic to, so you can begin taking medication before symptoms begin -- which usually helps allergy sufferers feel better throughout the changing seasons.

Philip W. Perlman, M.D., is the Director of Otolaryngology at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, NY. St. Francis was ranked one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation in Ear, Nose & Throat by U.S. News & World Report. Dr. Perlman is also a Vice President and District One Representative for the New York State Society of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. He has appeared in several publications including: Ear, Nose and Throat Journal, New England Journal of Medicine, and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.