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Got Allergies? Find Out the Pollen Count in Boston Today

Springtime has arrived and pollen is in the air. Thanks to the effects of climate change, experts say the pollen count this season will be higher than ever before.  Now you can check the daily allergy forecast as easily as the weather forecast. The Allergy Alert tool from Pollen.com above shows which pollen allergens are high in Boston today. Please note that an advertisement cycles into the tool. South End Patch

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 30, 2013 at 7:11 pm

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Allergies in New England

Allergies to tree pollen begin later in New England than in most other areas, but when it begins, it comes on fast, according to allergists familiar with this area. “When the tree season comes on, patients go from feeling normal to just being miserable,” said Dr. Don McNeil, who specializes in allergy and immunology.  The spring allergy season is short—just six to eight weeks—but it can make allergy sufferers highly uncomfortable. McNeil says this is heightened by the fact that many people with pollen allergies also have mold allergies. The moist, warm weather that marks spring also encourages mold growth, which means mold spores are on the rise at the same time as tree pollen. The tree pollen that causes related spring allergies can only arise from trees that pollinate: deciduous trees. These are the oaks, hickories, sycamores, cottonwoods, birches and other hardwoods that are prevalent in the Northeast. Although that makes spring allergies worse in New England, McNeil said moving to another region rarely brings longterm relief. “If you are prone to having allergies, you may move to a new area and be free of your symptoms initially,” he said. “After a year or two, you become sensitized to the allergens in the new place.” The actual cause of sniffling, sneezing, wheezing and worse are the tiny bits of pollen from tree buds that are floating about in the air. Pollen rises in the early morning, so McNeil advises patients to keep their windows closed overnight. “Some patients benefit from bathing before bed to remove any pollen that may have attached to their skin or hair during the day,” McNeil said. McNeil says it is important for people suffering from allergies to find a local allergist who is board certified in allergy and immunology. “Avoid people who are practicing allergy but don’t specialize in it,” said McNeil. Some practitioners profit from placing patients on a repeating regimen of allergy shots, he said. While shots are often effective for safely building up a tolerance to allergens, patients should be evaluated regularly and moved to a maintenance program when the effective dose has been reached, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. South End Patch

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 29, 2013 at 12:55 pm

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Things to Know in the South End Today, March 6: Got Seasonal Allergies?

1. Seasonal Allergies Workshop: The spring sneezing season is right around the corner. Pathways to Wellness is hosting “Seasonal Allergies and Acupuncture,” a free workshop that will explore how acupuncture can help you find relief from the annoying symptoms associated with allergies. The workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. at Pathways to Wellness, 1601 Washington Street, 3rd Floor. 2. Weather: The National Weather Service is predicting precipitation for the rest of this week. The area could be hit by another winter storm. 3. Police Spring Break Message: Boston Police are urging area college students to secure their off-campus housing units if they’re planning on being away during their school’s spring break period. 4. Daylight Saving: Daylight Saving Time occurs this weekend. The official time to set the clocks one hour ahead is Sunday, March 10 at 2 a.m. 5. Jimmy Fund Walk: To register for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk on Sept. 8, or to support a walker, visit JimmyFundWalk.org or call (866) 531-9255. Participants enter the discount code BOSTON for $ 5 off the registration fee. Things you can do every day on South End Patch: Share your news with the rest of the community. Click here to add an announcement.  Add your events to our events calendar. Click here to sign up for breaking news updates. Want up-to-the-minute news? Click here to follow us on Facebook or Twitter.  Share your thoughts on your community in a blog. Click here to get started. South End Patch

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 6, 2013 at 11:32 am

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