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Tips for patients with allergies or asthma during this Coronavirus outbreak.

As an allergist with allergies I can empathize with those who seasonal allergies have started. Itchy eyes and nose, runny nose and sneezing, and perhaps cough, are the major symptoms we experience. In the past the natural response was to touch our face or our eyes but with the Coronavirus we must limit this natural behavior.

The best advice I can give is the advice I give myself. Practice good environmental controls by limiting exposure to the outdoor seasonal allergens. If you have not started your seasonal allergy medications do so now to get on top of your allergy symptoms. Saline eye drops and nasal spray are important as these can flush allergens out of your eyes and nose as well as decrease the allergic reaction. Also do not forget the indoor allergens as well and continue to practice indoor environmental controls.

For asthmatic patients it is crucial that you continue your asthma controller medications as prescribed to reduce the risk of an asthma exacerbation.

Practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Keep a positive attitude as you can make a difference in your and your communities health.

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