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High pollen count wreaking havoc on seasonal allergy sufferers | Local – KY3.com

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Worst Allergy Season in Recent Times?

Seasonal allergies are especially bad this year because there’s more overlap among trees, flowers and grasses as far as their blooming time this year than in normal years, and this is taking a toll on allergy sufferers.

“I don’t normally have any allergies really and then this year it just suddenly came to me,” says Carol Quinn.

Carol has noticed her allergies acting up more this year than in years past.

“I’ve had watery eyes, itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing,” says Quinn.

But she’s not the only one; experts say conditions are right this year to make allergies bad on everyone.

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High pollen count wreaking havoc on seasonal allergy sufferers | Local – KY3.com.

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High-Fiber Diet May Help Prevent Allergies | LiveScience.com

Several new studies suggest that dietary fiber could play a role in food allergies.

This notion is based on the idea that bacteria in the gut have the enzymes needed to digest dietary fiber, and when these bacteria break down fiber, they produce substances that help to prevent an allergic response to foods, said Charles Mackay, an immunologist at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

So far, the research related to this idea has been done mainly in mice, and dietary factors are unlikely to be the sole explanation for why allergy rates have skyrocketed, researchers say. But if the results were to be replicated in human studies, they would suggest that promoting the growth of good gut bacteria could be one way to protect against, and possibly even reverse, certain allergies, researchers say.

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Can’t Use CPAP Because of Dust Allergy? Try These.

Dust allergy can cause nasal congestion, drainage, irritation, itching, and the blockage. This, according to several studies, is one of the common causes of discontinuation of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy.

Dust mites are ubiquitous in regions with high humidity. Mites need moisture and human dander for survival. High levels of mites can be found in dust from mattresses, pillows, carpets, bed covers, clothes, and soft toys.

Here, are my tips to help you minimize dust mite exposure and hence allergy symptoms.

1. Empty and clean all closets. Keep clothing in zippered plastic bags and shoes in boxes off the floor.

2. Remove carpeting, if possible.

3. Clean and scrub the woodwork and floors thoroughly to remove all traces of dust. Wipe wood, tile, or linoleum floors with water, wax, or oil.

4. Wear a filter mask when cleaning.

5. Clean the room thoroughly and completely once a week. Clean floors, furniture, tops of doors, window frames and sills, etc., with a damp cloth or oil mop. Carefully vacuum carpet and upholstery regularly. Use a special filter in the vacuum. Wear an N95 filter mask while dusting, sweeping or vacuuming.

6. Wash curtains often at 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

7. Carpeting makes dust control impossible. Therefore, health care experts recommend hardwood, tile, or linoleum floors. Treating carpets with tannic acid eliminates some dust mite allergen.

8. Encase box springs and mattress in a zippered dust-proof or allergen-proof cover.

9. Use only washable materials on the bed. Sheets, blankets, and other bedclothes should be washed frequently in water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit.

10. Avoid fuzzy wool blankets or feather- or wool-stuffed comforters and mattress pads.

11. Keep furniture and furnishings to a minimum. Avoid upholstered furniture and blinds. Use only a wooden or metal chair that can be scrubbed.

12. High-efficiency particulate absorption (HEPA) filters can effectively remove many allergens from the air. Install a high-efficiency media filter with a MERV rating of 11 or 12 in the furnace and the air conditioning unit.

13. Keep the humidity level below 55 percent because house mites need high humidity to live and grow.

14. Keep toys that will accumulate dust out of the child’s bedroom. Avoid stuffed toys. Use only washable toys of wood, rubber, metal, or plastic. Store toys in a closed toy box or chest.

Although these steps may seem difficult at first, experience plus habit will make them easier. The results-better breathing, fewer medicines, and greater freedom from allergy and asthma attacks-will be well worth the effort.

Sleep Well, Breathe Well.

Why Should I Worry About Allergies? #CPAPproblems

When I inquire about their nasal allergy symptoms, patients often wonder and ask, ” I came here for sleep apnea treatment. What does that have to do with allergies?”

Studies (Respir Med 2000, Sleep 2003) have also suggested that nasal congestion and symptoms are important reasons for abandoning PAP therapy or at least lead to poor adherence to PAP therapy.

The most scientific way to evaluate the allergy symptoms is to find out what you are allergic to by doing a simple and painless allergy skin testing using plastic bristles instead of needles. Once we determine the cause of your allergy symptoms then, we can discuss how you can minimize the exposure and thereby the symptoms.

You may have residual symptoms especially if you are allergic to dust, mold, or pet dander as these can be difficult to completely avoid. For these, taking allergy medications (Zyrtec or Claritin tablet, Fluticasone Nasal Spray, and Montelukast Tablet) can help.

For allergy symptoms refractory to the above treatment, immunotherapy (injecting dilute allergens into the skin on a weekly basis) can help.

If you alleviate your allergy symptoms, then it will be easier for you to use CPAP all night long, every night. Discuss these with your doctor or call us for an appointment.

Sleep Well, Live Well.

God Bless You.

Why do I Pull Off my CPAP Mask in Sleep?

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“Doc, I put the CPAP mask on every night, but wake up with the mask on the bed. I don’t remember pulling it off,” frustrated patients often share with me. 

In my experience, nasal obstruction is the commonest cause of such occurrences. Studies have indeed shown that avoiding allergen exposure,  and using nasal steroid spray at bedtime help keep the nasal passages open.

For such patients, we first do allergy skin testing followed by an intensive allergen avoidance education. We prescribe allergy medications like Zyrtec (Cetirizine) at bedtime along with fluticasone nasal spray to be used 2 sprays each nostril prior to putting the CPAP mask on.

If you still suffer from nasal obstruction, adding singular (montelukast) tablet as a maintenance medicine can help. Allergy shots (injecting measured dosage of allergens in your skin on a weekly basis) can alleviate your allergy symptoms and the need for allergy medicines.

Talk to your doctor about these interventions and follow them. Be patient and persistent. Put on the CPAP mask every night and ultimately, one day, you shall wake with the mask on your face as opposed to your bed!

Best wishes.

Sleep Well, Lead Well.

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Fall allergy survival guide | Fox News

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Fall allergy survival guide | Fox News.

Here are some simple and practical allergy tips to help you start fighting fall allergies:

Wear oversized sunglasses to block airborne pollens and molds from entering your eyes and lids that will cause redness and watery eyes.

Go for a wide-brimmed hat and avoid hair gels that turn your ‘do into a pollen magnet!

Even during mid-Fall, avoid line drying clothing— particularly bed linens— on a high-pollen day outdoors.

Pollen levels are highest on windy, dry and sunny days.  Check your local weather reports to identify high allergy days.

Simple in-office allergy tests can pinpoint your problem.

Many medications will work better (nasal antihistamines/steroids, oral antihistamines and eye drops) if you start them even before symptoms begin.

Allergy injections (shots) and/or sublingual allergy treatment are the only immune-based therapy we have that will help to reduce allergy symptoms. The goal is to provide excellent long-term relief, in a large majority of allergy sufferers.

Shampoo and shower nightly to rinse the pollens from your skin and hair. Change your clothing before entering your bedroom to prevent pollens from being brought into your bedroom.

Gently irrigate your eyelids (while your eyes are closed) with a mild, tear-free “baby” shampoo to remove excess allergens and pollutants that may have accumulated.

The sites in the home that are mostly likely to harbor molds include the bathroom— especially on the tile and under the sink— basement areas and damp carpeting.

It’s important to wash any fall or winter clothing that has been in storage where dust and molds may have accumulated on them. Wash them thoroughly before wearing them.

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Doctors expect rough fall allergy season – WGEM.com

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Doctors expect rough fall allergy season – WGEM.com: Quincy News, Weather, Sports, and Radio.

Last year’s allergy sufferers saw once of the worst seasons in recent years and the conditions are pretty similar for this year, says Dr. Timothy Ott the Medical Director at the SIU School of Medicine.  One big contributor to last year’s allergies was ragweed pollen which grows in vacant lots, along side roads, and in open fields.

Ott says if you have allergies, try to limit your exposure to known allergens.

“The other things that can aggravate allergies is the more you’re exposed to whatever it is you’re allergic to,” Ott said. “So if you stay in a nice air conditioned building, you are going to get a lot less allergies than if you are out working in a field all day long.”

Ott also says that allergies can become problematic for those with a chronic illness like COPD, asthma and even diabetes.

Ott says another common problem is doctors can have a hard time distinguishing  allergies from a cold.

“I think the key difference is cold symptoms won’t usually last more than a few days to a week,” Ott said. “So if you have symptoms lasting two, three, four weeks and occur every year around the same time, those are most likely allergy symptoms.”

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Hay Fever May Hinder Driving Ability | WebMD

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Hay fever may hinder driving ability.

…When the people had allergy symptoms and didn’t take an allergy medicine, their scores on the driving test were much worse than when they didn’t have allergy symptoms. However, their scores improved considerably (although not completely back to normal) if they took an allergy medicine.

During the memory test, driving scores were even worse for people with untreated hay fever. Their scores were similar to people who have been drinking close to the legal alcohol limit in the UK.

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Stay Awake, Drive Safe.

Got Food Allergies? How to Trim Your Grocery Bill

 

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Photo Credit: northshorekids.com

 

1. Prepare Home Cooked Meals

The best way to cut costs when dealing with food allergies is to start cooking at home.

2. Research Non-Traditional Grocers
If you start prepping your own meals, check for a local farmers market near you.

3. Follow Allergy-Friendly Websites
Once you find an allergy-friendly food brand you trust, search its website for printable coupons.

4. Research Coupons
Sign up for your local grocer’s loyalty program.

5. Buy in Bulk
In my experience, allergen-friendly foods rarely go on sale. When you do see a deal, stock up as much as possible.

6. Pay Attention to Labels
Although you probably already know this, it bears repeating. If you have a severe allergy, always read ingredient labels. Remember, even if the food you’re purchasing is allergen-free, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t processed in a plant that handles other foods. Never assume a boxed, canned, processed, or bagged food is allergen-free.

 

Got Food Allergies? How to Trim Your Grocery Bill | Saving Money In Chicago.

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10 Ways To Fight Pollen At Home

10 Ways To Fight Pollen At Home.

1. Keep the car in the garage. 

2. Wipe your feet on the mat, then take off your shoes and other outerwear as soon as you enter the house. 

3. Decontaminate — Get the pollen off your body and your clothes. 

4. Wash that green right out of your hair. 

5. Prevent your indoor-outdoor pets from bringing in the pollen. 

6. Empty the vacuum outdoors. 

7. Keep the windows and doors closed. 

8. Be vigilant about dusting. 

9. Keep porches clean or put off using them a lot until the season is over. 

10. Don’t let the pollen get you down; it’s one of the most beautiful times of the year. 

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