The Doctors: How Allergies Affect You
Did you know that 60 million Americans suffer from allergies to foods, pets, and other irritants? Now that Spring is here, pollen and other allergens are in full bloom. We are inhaling these into our bodies, and allergy symptoms include runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and many more.
There are many symptoms of allergies, but there are some things you can do to lower your risks and manage your symptoms.
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The Drs TV: How To Avoid Allergy Symptoms
Meredith Dixon is a family nurse practitioner, and she brought her advice to allergy sufferers for battling the Spring bloom. She said you can avoid or eliminate triggers such as pollen. Finding a pollen count in your weather forecast or online can help you figure out whether it’s a good time for you to be heading outdoors.
Dr. Andrew Ordon said that wearing sunglasses could also help protect your eyes from Ragweed and Pollen, by keeping allergens out, especially when the wind is blowing.
The Doctors: Allergy Sinus Pressure and Headaches
CVS Pharmacy surveyed their Facebook fans about their biggest allergy symptom concerns. Here are the results.
- 36% Sinus Pressure & Headaches
- 19% Postnasal Drip
- 19% Stuffy Nose
- 17% Itchy & Watery Eyes
- 9% Sneezing
The Drs TV: How To Treat Allergies
Dr. Travis said that a Neti Pot Treatment each day can help clear out allergens and congestion, reducing symptoms. Dr. Andrew said that a variety of over the counter products can target your symptoms, but if you need something more, you should get advice from your healthcare provider.
If you need further treatment, you may be referred to an Allergy Specialist, who can test you for various allergies and help you figure out a way to cope. Allergy symptoms can sometimes be mistaken for cold and flu, according to Meredith Dixon, so it’s a good idea to get a second opinion if you’re not sure what’s really going on.
The Doctors: Vasectomy Ban?
Georgia lawmakers are taking on a hot topic in response to the growing conversations about reproductive rights. A lawmaker in the state is introducing a bill to ban vasectomies, which is designed to raise awareness about the challenges women are facing in legislative battles over contraceptive rights.
Rep. Yasmin Neal, who authored the bill, said this is “only fair that the General Assembly debate the men’s right to choose as well.”
The Doctors: Vasectomy Debate
Since women have been facing this argument for years, and Dr. Lisa Masterson called it “feminism gone awry.” The Doctors agreed that this isn’t a direct comparison. “That’s only going to hurt women,” Dr. Lisa pointed out, suggesting it would lead to an increase in unwanted pregnancies.
Dr. Jim Sears revealed that he had a Vasectomy, and he said that after a few days of swelling and recovery, he was back in good shape. What do you think about the Reproductive Rights debates that are going on in our political arena this year?
The Doctors: Grapefruit Prevents Stroke
Did you that Grapefruit can cut a woman’s stroke risk by up to 19%? That’s because it’s high in Flavinoids, according to Dr. Travis.
He said that the best way to consume fruit is as a food, not in juices, which can lose many of the nutrients. “Choose whole fruit,” he said.