Tips for Spring Gardening

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Here in the south, we’ve had a lot of rain which we haven’t seen in years. We even put some floweres in which we haven’t done for a while due to drought and watering restrictions. But it’s been raining fairly consistently all spring. Everyone’s yards and flowers look beautiful, but you know what that means, pollen. There’s the argument that rain washes the pollen away (good) but it also makes the flowers and grasses grow more intensely, which means more pollen. Add some wind, like we’ve been having, and the sneezing begins. Continue reading…

Pollen Counts and Forecasts

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Sneezing, sniffling, it’s so common these days with spring in full swing. Some people like to keep abreast of the pollen count to know what to expect, others take it for what it is and know it’s out of their hands and just go with it, popping their allergy meds as needed. For those interested, here are some sites where you can not only get pollen information, but the pollen counts and forecasts for your area: Continue reading…

Obama’s New Dog

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Bo Obama, the new “hypoallergenic” First Dog, was officially introduced to droves of eager reporters on the South Lawn of the White House yesterday. The six-month-old frisky Portuguese water dog was selected for the Obama children because one of them, Malia, has allergies. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic dog. Continue reading…

French Allergy Medicine

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While in France last week, my husband’s seasonal allergies kicked in. He hadn’t brought any allergy medicine so he took a trip to the pharmacy. By the way, he speaks only the minutest amount of French and he went on his own. Continue reading…

Allergies and the Weather

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So they say rain is good for getting rid of the pollen and helping us with allergies. So tell me how it rained for the past four days and still, people are stricken with their allergy symptoms? Continue reading…

An Ounce of Prevention…

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Groundhog Day is behind us so winter may be nearing it’s end or we may have some time before spring kicks in. Either  way, it’s really not too early to begin thinking about allergy season. The trees are already thinking about budding, the flowers, too, don’t get left behind. Continue reading…

My Doughter’s Cedar Allergies

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Recently my dog got a new bed, one that smells great and is full of cedar shavings. Lo and behold, what do you know, after my daughter played with her on the new bed, she (my daughter, not the dog) broke out in hives. It was the cedar. She was fine with some Benadryl and we’ll switch out the bed to a non cedar stuffed one, and chalk it up to a lesson learned. I did some research, though, and it’s interesting what I found. Continue reading…

These Fall Allergies…

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I think often times we forget about the havoc that fall allergies (or any for that matter) can cause. Sometimes the symptoms aren’t so blatant, but the effects are definitely there. Whether, it’s school performance, athletic endurance or general well being, remember that thought there aren’t a while lot of outward symptoms, it could be allergies. Continue reading…

Hay Fever Relief

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With hay fever/ ragweed season knocking on our doors, we have to decide what treatment options to use. Though we’d really just like to slam the door and say “We don’t want any!” we really don’t have a choice. Even those who aren’t debilitated by these allergies can show some symptoms. So what treatment do you choose? Do you go heavy and suffer the side effects? Do you only use something when you are really desperate and risk the effects of the allergies hitting hard? Do you go alternative, OTC, prescription? Luckily, there are a lot of options today, so here is a brief overview of what we have: Continue reading…

Allergies Can Come with Nosebleeds

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Just another symptom of allergies, beyond the sneezing, eye itching, coughing and runny nose…nosebleeds. They are not really as common as the other symptoms, but definitely can be caused by allergies.

So why do allergies cause nosebleeds? With allergies comes some nasal swelling which can make the capillaries more susceptible to bursting. Also, with some allergy medicines, drying of the nasal passages occurs which can also lead to broken capillaries. With allergies, a child is also more apt to rub his or her nose, therefore leading to nosebleeds. It’s more common in children than adults, as are nosebleeds in general. Continue reading…

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