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Surviving the Allergy Season

According to Weather.com, this allergy season is expected to be one of the worst in recent memory. The allergy season in Minnesota is expected to be more severe this year because colder temperatures have delayed the pollinating of trees. Since not all trees pollinate at the same time (maple, cedar and elm trees, pollinate earlier than other trees) the delay will result in a large number of trees pollinating at once.

If you suffer every spring from a runny nose, itchy eyes and headaches there are over-the-counter allergy medications like Zyrtec and Claritin, but if your allergies are severe, it may be time to talk with your physician.

Here are some tips to reduce allergy symptoms.

1. Use nasal sprays. Sprays containing Corticosteroid drugs target inflammation and are the most effective treatment for nasal allergy symptoms.

2. Close the windows and turn on the air conditioner. The furnace air filter will reduce the amount of pollen entering the home.

3. Use a saline nasal rinse. A saline rinse helps removes pollen, mucus, and other irritants from the nose.

4. Keep your home clean. Regularly Vacuum carpet and upholstery to remove allergens that have been brought indoors.

5. Avoid peak allergy times. Pollen counts are typically lowest early in the morning right before dawn and in the early evening.


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Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00

Is It An Allergy Or A Cold?

6 Ways To Tell If Your Child Has Allergies Or A Common Cold.

Symptoms of allergies and colds can be very similar, but there are several ways to tell the difference:

1. Onset of symptoms

Both allergies and colds cause symptoms of sneezing, congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, fatigue, and headaches. However, colds usually cause these symptoms one at a time: first sneezing, then a runny nose, and then congestion. Allergies typically cause these symptoms to occur all at once.

2. Duration of symptoms

Cold symptoms generally last from seven to 10 days. Allergy symptoms continue as long as one is exposed to the allergens and may subside after eliminating allergen exposure.

3. Mucus discharge

Colds often cause yellowish nasal discharge, suggesting an infectious cause. Allergies are more likely to produce clear, watery mucus discharge.

4. Sneezing

Sneezing is a more common allergy symptom, especially when sneezing is repeated several times in a row.

5. Seasonal symptoms

Colds are more common during the winter months. Allergies are more common in the spring through the fall, when pollen levels are highest.

6. Fever

Colds may be accompanied by a fever, but allergies are not usually associated with a fever.
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