When you’re out trick or treating this year, you may notice something different on doorsteps. Instead of the traditional orange pumpkin, some households will be displaying teal-colored ones.
Allergy sufferers are already feeling the effects of what could be one of the worst allergy seasons in years. Doctors at Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury, Minn., say they have been seeing more patients complain about symptoms related to ragweed.
His face swollen, breathing becoming difficult, Adrian Peterson didn’t panic. Maybe it was his resourcefulness as an elite athlete, or his ability to focus even in the most dire circumstances. But Peterson knew what to do two years ago when a severe allergy attack hit at Vikings training camp. Now, he wants to make sure everyone else knows how to react. Peterson has helped launch an educational program called Ready2Go for people with severe allergies.
After our cold winter, experts are calling this spring a particularly bad season for allergy sufferers. All of that sneezing, itchy eyes, stuffy nose, and congestion can make for a miserable couple of months.
Spring is here, the weather is warm and the air is freely blowing all those nasty allergens all over the place. Take a few steps to help protect yourself this allergy season.
The start of allergy season may have been delayed this year by wet weather and cold temperatures, but now with spring here experts expect a burst of pollen. The biggest culprits this time of year are trees, grasses and mold.
Spring is on it’s way and so is allergy season, and with all the snow Minnesota has had this year there could be another factor causing stuffy noses. The large amount of snow that built p this year can lead to something called, “snow mold.” It’s something that causes stuffy noses, headaches and sore throats for a lot of people.
As spring starts to bloom, so will seasonal allergies. Though everyone’s excited to see warmer temperatures, this time of year can also bring itching, sneezing and congestion to millions of Americans.
Forty percent of us suffer from some kind of seasonal allergies. But the best relief – allergy shots injected monthly or even weekly – can be painful. But Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration will consider approving an allergy tablet that gives the same kind of help, but without the pain. After years of suffering, Kris Phillips needs a weekly trip to the doctor to get relief. “My allergies are under control,” Phillips said. “I can sleep through the night and not get up 10 different times because I can’t breathe.”
Maple Plain camper Arville Halvorson loves being in the outdoors with his family. But poison ivy is certainly not a treasured part of this pastime. “Scratchy, itchy, stingy pain. I don’t want it,” Halvorson said. But it seems people around the metro are getting it, according to Dr. April Farrell of Doctor’s Skin Care in Orono. “We’ve been seeing a lot of that in our clinic this summer. Kind of speculating that the weather we had this spring – with all the rain and then the heat – has possibly led to some different growth patterns and increased exposure for people,” Dr. Farrell said.
It’s peak allergy season – as if you didn’t know already – and ragweed pollen is the culprit. It’s the most common cause for seasonal allergies, and if you’re having a tough time dealing with it, here are some products that doctor say could help. The first is an alternative to liquid nasal sprays that often cause uncomfortable drippage. It’s an aerosol spray that’s getting rave reviews.
On the state fair’s website you’ll find a list of vendors with gluten-free foods, and the Northland Celiac Support Group also has a list available. In the food building alone, there are at least five places where you can order up something yummy without worrying about gluten.
Mosquitoes have been very aggressive lately, and the hot weather has had many shedding clothes and exposing their skin to direct sunlight. There’s no better time than now to get caught up on all the remedies for summer-specific ailments like sunburns and bug bites.
If you feel your allergies have been hitting you harder, local doctors say it’s not just in your head. The prolonged winter followed by the rapid warm-up caused pollen counts to rise quickly.
Allergy season is here: Sniffles, sneezing and runny, itchy eyes. But it’s not just humans suffering. Our dogs are also prone to allergies.