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


*MUSIC* *MUSIC* *MUSIC* WHAT REALLY GOT A BOOST FROM THE RAIN, HEAT AND HUMIDITY THIS SUMMER? ALL THE POLLEN LADEN WEEDS, ESPECIALLY RAGWEED. THEY ARE THRIVING. AND THAT MEANS, YOU GUESSED IT, ALLERGIES. WITH US TODAY IS DR. JAMES HOLLAND, MEMORIAL ASTHMA AND ALLERGY SPECIALIST. DR. HOLLAND, MOST PEOPLE THINK ABOUT THE SPRING WHEN THEY THINK ALLERGIES. THAT’S TRUE SUSAN, BUT THE LATE SUMMER AND FALL BRING A WHOLE NEW SET OF PROBLEMS WITH RAGWEED BEING THE BIGGEST SINGLE ALLERGEN. TRIGGERING RUNNY NOSES, SNEEZING AND EVEN ASTHMA SYMPTOMS. MOLD IS ANOTHER CULPRIT. THOSE PILES OF DAMP LEAVES IN THE YARD ARE BREEDING GROUNDS FOR MOLD. AS ARE MANY DAMP AREAS IN YOUR HOME. DUST MITES ARE A COMMON, YEAR-ROUND, INDOOR ALLERGY. THEN WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO TREAT ALLERGIES? THERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR YOURSELF. CHECK POLLEN COUNTS ON THE INTERNET. STAY INDOORS DURING PEAK POLLEN HOURS. ONE OF THE SIMPLEST THINGS YOU CAN DO AT HOME IS KEEP YOUR HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING FILTERS CLEAN. SOME VERY GOOD ALLERGY MEDICIATIONS THAT USED TO BE AVAILABLE BY PRESCRIPTION ONLY CAN NOW BE PURCHASED OVER THE COUNTER. BUT BE CAREFUL THERE CAN BE SOME CONFLICTS WITH MEDICATIONS YOU MIGHT ALREADY BE TAKING. IF IT STILL SEEMS LIKE NOTHING IS WORKING THAT WELL, YOUR DOCTOR CAN TELL IF THERE MIGHT BE SOMETHING ELSE GOING ON. AND IT MAY BE TIME TO HAVE SOME SIMPLE ALLERGY TESTING DONE. THEN WE CAN DETERMINE IF ALLERGY SHOTS OR IMMUNOTHERAPY MIGHT BE A GOOD TREATMENT OPTION. THANK YOU, DR. HOLLAND. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT TREATMENT FOR FALL ALLERGIES, CALL US RIGHT NOW AT 228-868-6500. OR VISIT US ONLINE AT WWW.GULFPORTMEMORIAL.COM. TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT, CALL 228-867- 5000.


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