Avoid pollutants in your car.
Commuters significantly can reduce their exposure to allergens on the way to work and dramatically cut down their allergy symptoms for the rest of the day by including the following environmental control measures:
* Keep windows rolled up at all times.
* Use the recirculating air option in your car instead of pulling fresh air in from outside.
* Past water damage to carpet and upholstery requires a mold-directed cleanup or replacement.
* If you or a family member has pet allergies, never let your animals in the vehicle. If your pets have been in the car in the past, steam clean the upholstery and wipe down all surfaces with a damp cloth.
* Glasses help shield eyes from pollen grains blowing in the wind. Sunglasses with wrap-around sides are especially helpful.
* Wear glasses instead of contacts on high pollen count days. Pollen grains trapped under the lens cause tearing and itching.
* Beside using environmental control measures, antihistamines should be taken well ahead of leaving home because they must be digested before effectively controlling allergic reactions in the body.
Another complication for commuters with allergies is smoke. According to Garibaldi, smoking in an enclosed car exposes the body to 10 times the Environmental Protection Agency's limit for carbon monoxide in the workplace. "There are 3,000 chemicals in smoke that can damage the linings of the nose and lungs. Smoke exposure interferes with the nose's ability to rinse pollen grains and mold spores from nasal passages, thereby aggravating allergy symptoms."
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|Title Annotation:||how to reduce exposure to environmental allergens|
|Publication:||USA Today (Magazine)|
|Date:||Feb 1, 1995|
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