Dr. Chang suggests the following Top Tips when smog and pollen are high:
1. Go Online: Check out your provincial online resource for air quality forecasting.
2. Avoid Outdoor Activity: Consider teleconferencing; close windows at home and in the car; leave lawn and garden care to others; and/or join a gym.
3. Block Smog and Allergens: Treat your symptoms with a second-generation antihistamine. Cetirizine (the medicinal ingredient in Non-Drowsy Reactine) was found to work faster (0.5 hours versus two hours) and last longer than desloratadine (the medicinal ingredient found in Aerius, an evolution of Claritin), showcasing the difference at shelf between treatment options3. Further, Reactine has the longest safety record (15 years) among second-generation antihistamines.
4. Slash Smog: Help reduce smog/pollution by conserving electricity, not allowing cars to idle, avoiding mowing lawns when the Air Quality Index is poor, and not using oil-based products where possible. Further, limit the amount of wood burned in fireplaces or woodstoves.
Source: "Smollen" season has arrived.
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