How can hand washing reduce seasonal allergy symptoms?

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Dr. Rozan J. Razzouk, MD
Family Practitioner

Frequent hand washing is always a healthy practice, especially during allergy season. Hand washing after being outside can help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms by helping people avoid putting pollen in contact with eyes, nose and mouth when they touch their face. When pollen spread in the air gets trapped in a person’s nose, it can cause irritation and swelling, a condition called allergic rhinitis, or more commonly, hay fever. Sneezing and a runny nose result as the body’s immune system goes to work trying to clear the nasal passages. Over time, hay fever can lead to sinus infections.

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Allergies

About one out of five Americans suffers from allergies. An allergy is an exaggerated response from the immune system to a substance such as dust, pollen, pet dander or mold. Other common triggers include foods such as peanuts and ...

milk; insect bites; and certain ingredients in cosmetics and jewelry. Allergies can cause anything from rashes and hives to itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, and wheezing.
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