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Healthcare News: Helping patients help their loved ones grow old gracefullyHow to use Twitter pollsSpring is just around the corner! For most of us, that means bright sunshine, singing birds and flowering blooms. But that lovely weather also means seasonal allergies will be blooming. For an estimated 8 million Canadians, spring brings coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, itchy eyes and feeling downright miserable. More than 55 percent of those who suffer from seasonal allergies report that their allergies cut into their productivity—including missed days at school and work, and having to avoid the great outdoors altogether. Unfortunately, there is no cure for seasonal allergies. However, that doesn’t mean help isn’t within reach.

For some, seasonal-allergy relief tips can be used in tandem with prescribed medications and treatments. This e-newsletter will discuss several measures you can share with your patients to help them survive seasonal allergies.

  • Reduce exposure: If your patients know their allergy triggers, minimizing exposure can work wonders. Avoiding the outdoors, keeping windows closed in homes and cars, and using air conditioning to filter the air when allergen levels are high can help. An allergy forecast from The Weather Network® provides outdoor allergen levels, air-quality reports and more with the click of a button. Arm your patients with these helpful tools by imprinting links on Visor Tissue Holders or tissue travel packs.
  • Preempt: You can’t avoid all allergens. And you certainly don’t want patients forgoing the things they love or sacrificing their quality of life. If an allergy sufferer knows they will be coming into contact with a known allergen, simple pretreatment with an antihistamine can help. WebMD® recommends taking an antihistamine 30 minutes prior to exposure to minimize reactions. A mini pill box, given out with samples, if you have them, can be a nice reminder to be prepared.
  • Launder/wash: Allergens, such as pollen or grass spores, have the tendency to stick to fabrics and hair. You can literally be covered in allergens after spending time outdoors. When allergy season is at its peak, you may want to advise patients to wash their clothes and shower shortly after coming in from outside. Frequently washing bedding and pajamas is also recommended to keep allergens at bay.
  • Acupuncture: Acupuncture is showing some promise for relief of allergy-associated sneezing, runny nose and puffy eyes. The president of the American Academy of Acupuncture, Thomas Burgoon, MD, says “It’s common to see improvement even after the first treatment.”

Imprint these and other allergy survival tips on a Tissue Cup or magnetic notepad and send patients on their way, armed for seasonal-allergy survival. Although there’s no cure, remedies are within reach!

“Canadians plagued by seasonal allergies.” National Post. N.p., n.d. Web. Retrieved 29 Jan. 2016.

“Seasonal Allergies: Something to Sneeze At.” CBC News. CBC Radio Canada, 13 May 2011. Web. Retrieved 29 Jan. 2016.

“Allergy Facts and Figures.” Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. N.p., n.d. Web. Retrieved 26 Jan. 2016.

DeShazo, Richard D., MD, and Stephen F. Kemp, MD. “Patient Information: Trigger Avoidance in allergic rhinitis (Beyond the Basics).” UpToDate. N.p., n.d. Web. Retrieved 26 Jan. 2016.

Robinson, Kara Mayer. “How to Survive Spring Allergy Season.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. Retrieved 26 Jan. 2016.

Booth, Stephanie. “Relieve Allergies the Natural Way.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. Retrieved 26 Jan. 2016.

 

 

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