abc-newsIn an ABC News report by K. Aleisha Fetters entitled ’11 Unexpected Spring Allergy Triggers’, Dr Bassett reminds us of frequently overlooked causes of Spring allergies. Here is an except from the ABC News report;

Hair products
The perfect ‘do’ comes at a cost. “Hair gels and pastes cause the hair to become a pollen magnet,” says Clifford Bassett, MD, medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York and associate professor of clinical medicine at New York University.

Fight It
Use as few hair products as your hairstyle will allow, Dr. Bassett advises. If you just can’t get by without your full arsenal of gels, sprays, and serums, make sure to wash your hair every day to remove the tag-along allergens from your locks.

April showers bring May flowers…and “thunderstorm asthma” attacks. While gentle drizzles can decrease pollen counts, thunderstorms actually stir up pollen, which can easily rupture and spread through the air as tiny particles, according to research in Allergy. In fact, thunderstorms are linked with a greater incidence of asthma-related hospitalizations, Dr. Bassett says.

Fight It
This one’s pretty easy: Stay inside during and immediately following rough weather, and keep your windows shut.