May 2018 – Spring is Here!

May 2018 – Spring is Here!

posted 4/23/18

May – SPRING IS HERE!!

 

What a wonderful time of the year. Our environment has new beginnings in plants, flowers, and even some animals. The scents can be wonderful or overbearing. And as your nurse, I have to bring to your attention another prevalent substance that Spring brings—Allergies!

 

An allergy is when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance, called an allergen. It could be something you eat, inhale into your lungs, inject into your body or touch. This reaction could cause coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, a runny nose and a scratchy throat. The change in Wisconsin weather and temperature brings many allergens in the air. In severe cases, allergens can cause rashes, hives, low blood pressure, breathing trouble, asthma attacks and even death.

 

There is no cure for allergies, but you can manage them with prevention and treatment. More Americans than ever say they suffer from allergies. It is among the country’s most common, but overlooked, diseases.

 

Allergy treatment is based on your medical history and can include three treatment types: Avoiding allergens, medicine options and/or immunotherapy “allergy shots”, or allergens placed under the tongue. The best of these, if possible, is to avoid the allergen. Remove the source of allergens from your home. You can also reduce your symptoms to airborne allergens by using a nasal saline rinse daily. Nasal rinses are effective and inexpensive. Your pharmacist is a good resource on how to do them correctly.

 

Have a wonderful Spring!

– Barbara