Navigation Links
Golf Spectators Should Prepare for Yellow on the Greens

AUGUSTA, Ga., March 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pollen has arrived in the South, and allergy sufferers are experiencing symptoms. About a week before the prestigious Masters Tournament, pine pollen will blanket the area in yellow, including the greens. Fortunately, pine is a weak allergen, but highly potent pollen from late-blooming trees and new grass will also be out in force. So, Masters fans, be prepared.

"Masters visitors from up North where it is still cold are the most vulnerable. Because the seasonal changes have not begun there as they have here, travelers may not always think to bring along their allergy medications," said Dr. William Dolen, an Allergist/Immunologist for MCGHealth, and a past president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "It's best to start taking allergy medicines about a week or two before coming down, because seasonal allergy symptoms are easier to treat when caught early, before they get severe."

The tell-tale signs of allergic nasal disease are sneezing, dripping and congestion, often associated with intensely itchy, watery eyes. Allergies can also cause asthma.

"If you get here and start feeling miserable, don't try to tough it out," said Dr. Dolen. "Untreated allergic rhinitis makes you feel tired, sleepy and achy -- almost like the flu. And feeling like that, you certainly won't enjoy being out on the golf course. Of course, untreated asthma is a medical emergency."

Pre-medicating and continuing with your medicine is the best way to stave off these allergies. If medications are forgotten when preparing to attend the most famous golf event in the world, Dr. Dolen recommends that visitors have their doctor back home call something in to a nearby pharmacy. "It may take a little longer for full relief, but it's better than having no relief," he said.

You can also purchase an over-the-counter solution for your specific needs, such as an antihistamine, nose spray or decongestant. You may also see if a local physician can squeeze you in and provide you with help. Asthma patients cannot rely on over-the-counter remedies.

"But remember," Dr. Dolen cautions, "antihistamines may have side effects such as sleepiness. If you'll be driving to and from the course, do not take an antihistamine that causes drowsiness. Driving is difficult enough for the many guests who are first-timers and unfamiliar with the area. Golfers should avoid these medications because they might adversely affect their game."

Don't let pollen allergens spoil your fun. When making travel plans to Augusta for April, prepare for the yellow on the greens.

MCG Health, Inc. (d/b/a MCGHealth) is a not-for-profit corporation operating the MCGHealth Medical Center, MCGHealth Children's Medical Center, the Georgia Radiation Therapy Center, and related outpatient facilities and services throughout the state. For more information, please visit

Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Counselors should target discrimination and be advocates for transgender clients
2. What should we do when esophageal perforation occurs?
3. Mayo Researchers Say ECG Standards Should Be Revised for Elderly
4. Mayo researchers say ECG standards should be revised for elderly
5. First-Time Shoulder Dislocations Helped by Surgery
6. Elbow, Shoulder Injuries Take Heavy Toll on Pro Baseball Players
7. Controversial shoulder surgery for first-time dislocation proven effective long-term
8. Comeback to a Pre-Injury Level After Elbow or Shoulder Surgery Disappointing for Pro Baseball Players
9. Should You Worry About Mercury Poisoning? Find out in the March Issue of Natural Solutions - Now on Newsstands
10. Smith & Nephew Endoscopys BIORAPTOR(TM) 2.3 PK Suture Anchor Provides Secure Repair for Shoulder, Hip Instability
11. That Sex Talk With Your Kids Should Be Ongoing
Post Your Comments:
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... 01, 2015 , ... Integrated Rental Services (“Integrated Rental”), a ... LLC (“JII”). , With support from JII, Integrated Rental is poised for expansion ... centers, clinics, research labs and medical facilities across the United States. , General ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... Califia Farms , ... that its iconic bottle has won top honors in Beverage World Magazine’s Global Packaging ... also announced that it has been selected as a 2015 U.S.A. Taste Champion in ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... the 1980s we have seen vast improvements in scientific research and discoveries, leading ... strides, providing increased hope and relief to those affected by HIV/AIDS. Mediaplanet’s cross-platform ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... The importance of volumetric ... the focus of numerous abstracts accepted for presentation here, at the 101st Annual ... abstracts highlight the use of Volpara Solutions’ quantitative breast imaging software tools for ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... that it has been selected as a finalist in this year’s Fierce Innovation ... FierceMobileHealthcare. Next IT Healthcare was recognized as a finalist in the category of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... A federal court has denied the state of ... filed by the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) challenging the ... law that forces employers and consumers to pay drugstores higher ... must now defend a law that raises health care ... Mark Merritt . --> Arkansas ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... 2015 Pharma Tech Outlook recently conducted a ... Data Management Solution Providers - 2015 .  After careful ... CEOs, CIOs, VCs, analysts, and the Pharma Tech Outlook ... top 10 clinical data management solution providers (check out ... and 36 respectively). --> ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... , Dec. 1, 2015  AccuTEC Blades, ... a new corporate logo and brand identity program. ... design and engineering of bladed products where "the ... --> --> Serving manufacturers and ... and auto glass equipment, AccuTEC,s product lines include ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: