HEALTHY LIVING: Allergies Driving You Crazy?
09
November

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , /


HEALTHY LIVING IN THE FOUR CORNERS IS BROUGHT
TO YOU BY SAN JUAN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER. SNIFFLE SEASON IS UPON US, AND I’M NOT TALKING
ABOUT THE COLD AND FLU SEASON. I’M TALKING ABOUT SPRING ALLERGY SEASON. JUNIPER, OAK AND ASH TREES ARE RELEASING POLLEN
RIGHT NOW AS THEY GET READY TO BUD FOR SUMMER. AND IF YOU’VE NOTICE AN UPTICK IN YOU SNIFFLING
AND SNEEZING, YOU MAY BE SUFFERING FROM A REACTION TO THOSE POLLENS. LUCKY YOU! YOU HAVE ALLERGIES. WE LOVE OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM. IT’S A GREAT THING FOR US. IT PROTECTS US. IT HELPS US SO ANYTIME WE COME INTO CONTACT
WITH, LIKE, BACTERIA, VIRUSES, THINGS LIKE THAT THAT ARE BAD FOR US, HARMFUL TO US, OUR
IMMUNE SYSTEM REVS UP TO ATTACK THOSE TO SAVE OUR BODIES. UNFORTUNATELY, SOMETIMES THAT CAN GET A LITTLE
AWRY AND THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS IN ALLERGIES. SO SUBSTANCES LIKE A POLLEN, A GRASS, A WEED
EVEN, SOMETIMES A FOOD OR MEDICINE, SOMETHING LIKE THAT, CAN COME INTO OUR BODY, AND OUR
BODY LOOKS AT IT. OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM LOOKS AT IT, AND EVEN THOUGH
IT SHOULD BE A HARMLESS SUBSTANCE, OUR BODY OVERREACTS TO IT AND PUTS OUT A RESPONSE WHICH
WE SEE AS THINGS THAT ARE UNCOMFORTABLE. SO WE SEE THINGS LIKE SNEEZING, ITCHY WATERY
EYES, RUNNY NOSE, CONGESTION. IT CAN BE ANYTHING FROM A MILD RESPONSE LIKE
A LITTLE RUNNY NOSE TO A SEVERE LIFE-THREATENING RESPONSE. SO BASICALLY THAT’S WHAT OUR ALLERGY IS. IT’S AN OVER RESPONSE OF OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM. ALLERGY SYMPTOMS CAN RANGE FROM A FEW ANNOYING
SNIFFLES AND SNEEZES TO FULL-BLOWN ASTHMA. MORE COMMONLY, SYMPTOMS CAN MIMIC A COLD WITH
A SORE THROAT, CONGESTION, AND HEADACHES. SO HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU HAVE ALLERGIES RATHER
THAN A COLD? FIRST OF ALL, ALLERGIES TEND TO RUN IN FAMILIES,
SO IF YOUR PARENTS HAVE ALLERGIES, YOU MAY, TOO. COLD SYMPTOMS USUALLY GO AWAY AFTER 10 TO
14 DAYS. ALLERGY SYMPTOMS WILL LINGER FOR WEEKS AND
EVEN MONTHS, DEPENDING UPON HOW MANY SUBSTANCES DRIVE YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM CRAZY. YOU CAN ALSO TAKE AN ALLERGY TEST. SOME ALLERGIES CAN BE DETECTED WITH A SIMPLE
BLOOD TEST, OR YOUR DOCTOR MAY WANT TO CONDUCT A SCRATCH TEST IN WHICH SMALL AMOUNTS OF ALLERGENS
ARE APPLIED TO SMALL SCRATCHES IN YOUR SKIN. IF A REACTION OCCURS AT ANY OF THOSE SITES,
THEN YOU WILL KNOW WHICH SPECIFIC SUBSTANCES ARE CAUSING YOUR ALLERGIC REACTIONS. TREATMENTS VARY AS WELL. SO, STAYING INSIDE, KEEPING YOUR DOORS AND
WINDOWS CLOSED, USING THE AIR CONDITIONER INSTEAD OF HAVING THE WINDOWS OPEN, THOSE
ARE SIMPLE THINGS. AND THEN, OF COURSE ,IF YOU’RE OUT AND ABOUT,
WHEN YOU COME HOME, AT LEAST WASH YOUR HANDS AND YOUR FACE, PREFERABLY BEFORE YOU GO TO
SLEEP AT NIGHT. GO AHEAD AND TAKE A SHOWER AND GET ALL THAT
POLLEN OFF OF YOU SO THAT YOU REST BETTER.SO A LOT OF THE THINGS THAT ARE OVER-THE-COUNTER
NOW USED TO BE PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION. SO WE USED TO HAVE TO PRESCRIBE CLARITIN,
ZYRTEC, ALLEGRA, FLONASE. ALL THAT STUFF USED TO BE, GO TO THE DOCTOR,
AND WE WOULD WRITE IT OUT. NOW MOST OF THOSE THAT ARE VERY, VERY GOOD
CHOICES ARE OVER-THE-COUNTER. SO FIRST OF ALL, ANOTHER THING THAT’S SIMPLE,
THAT’S NOT A MEDICATION, IS NASAL SALINE AND NASAL RINSES. SO THOSE ARE JUST SIMPLE SALINE RINSES. YOU BUY A GALLON OF DISTILLED WATER. IT’S THE ONE WITH THE RED CAP. PUT THAT INTO A LITTLE LIKE A NETI POT OR
SINUS RINSE AND THE LITTLE PREMIX SALT PACKAGES. PUT THAT UP YOUR NOSE AND THAT TENDS TO CLEAN
EVERYTHING OUT. ONCE A DAY IS GREAT; TWICE A DAY IF YOU’RE
FEELING CRUMMY. THAT’S FINE AS WELL BUT BEYOND THAT, THE OVER-THE-COUNTER
MEDICATIONS THAT ARE SUPER SIMPLE AND EASY WITHOUT SIDE EFFECTS, WITH VERY LITTLE SIDE
EFFECTS. LET ME SAY THAT CLARITIN IS SIMPLE. IT’S A ONCE A DAY MEDICATION. ZYRTEC, SIMPLE, AND SO ONCE A DAY MEDICATION,
THOSE YOU CAN GIVE TO KIDS ALL THE WAY DOWN TO AGE 2. FLONASE IS A NASAL SPRAY THAT’S A NASAL STEROID. IT’S A COUPLE SPRAYS IN EACH NOSTRIL ONCE
A DAY. AGAIN, SUPER SIMPLE, ONCE A DAY TYPE DEAL
AND THEY’RE VERY EFFECTIVE. SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ALSO PEOPLE TEND TO
LIKE ARE BENADRYL. NOW BENADRYL IS A LOT MORE SEDATING SO I GENERALLY
SAY IF YOU’RE GONNA TAKE BENADRYL, TAKE IT AT BEDTIME. IT’LL HELP YOU REST. DON’T GIVE YOUR KIDS BENADRYL AND SEND THEM
TO SCHOOL, OR YOUR TEACHER WILL BE CALLING, BECAUSE THEY’RE GOING TO SLEEP ON THEIR DESK. IF YOU’RE REALLY MISERABLE, YOU MAY WANT TO
CONSIDER AN ALLERGY SHOT, BUT DOCTOR SINGLETON ADVISES THAT YOU RESORT TO ALLERGY SHOTS SPARINGLY. LONG-TERM STEROID USE CAN CAUSE OSTEOPOROSIS,
ELEVATED GLUCOSE LEVELS, AND CAN MAKE YOU MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO INFECTIONS. THAT IS A HIGH DOSE STEROIDS SHOT THAT’S GIVEN
INTRAMUSCULARLY AND IT’S FOR THE PURPOSE OF BASICALLY SHUTTING DOWN YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
THEY WORK GREAT BUT THEY HAVE A LOT OF SIDE EFFECTS SO WE DON’T LIKE TO DO THOSE WE LIKE
TO MAKE SURE YOU’RE ALREADY DOING THE EASY OVER-THE-COUNTER STUFF LIKE RINSING YOUR SINUSES
TAKING YOUR SHOWERS AVOIDING YOUR ALLERGENS ARE YOU ALREADY TAKING ALLEGRA EVERY DAY ARE
YOU ALREADY USING FLONASE EVERY DAY SOMETHING LIKE THAT OVER-THE-COUNTER AND IF YOU’RE ALREADY
DOING ALL OF THAT AND ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE ALREADY ON A COUPLE DIFFERENT OVER-THE-COUNTER
MEDICATIONS AND STILL MISERABLE THAT WOULD BE THE ONLY TIME THAT WE WOULD REALLY WANT
TO THINK ABOUT DOING ALLERGY SHOT WITH A STEROID BECAUSE OF THE BECAUSE OF THE SIDE EFFECTS. IF YOU’D LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE SYMPTOMS
AND TREATMENT OF ALLERGIES, VISIT THE SAN JUAN REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER WEB SITE AT SAN
JUAN REGIONAL DOT COM. I’M DEBORAH URODA FOR HEALTHY LIVING IN THE
FOUR CORNERS.


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