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Spending time outside on a windy day
Spring breezes may beckon you to join them outside, but if you’re an allergy sufferer, resist the temptation. “For some patients, wind can worsen allergies,” says Dr. Janna Tuck, an allergist and immunologist practicing in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and a spokesperson for the ACAAI. It can boost pollen levels in the air and carry more allergens and other irritants that can wreak havoc on already inflamed membranes in the eyes, nose and throat, she says. And if that wind is accompanied by a storm, you may have additional reactions that exacerbate allergies. “A change in barometric pressure can cause headaches or congestion,” she adds.