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Misunderstood Facts About Spring Allergies

Here comes your favorite time of year! Spring in Madison, Alabama brings warmer weather without as much humidity in the summer. But it also brings on the runny nose, itchy eyes, scratchy throat, and endless sneezing with all of those spring allergies in tow. Yes, there are colorful flowers starting to bloom, trees are sprouting new growth, and all we want to do is be outside. But alas, it’s brutal out there. So as we approach this lovely season and head to the drugstore, let’s be aware of commonly misunderstood facts and myths about spring allergies.

If symptoms of allergies are affecting your daily life, call Madison Medical Associates to schedule your appointment today.

Don’t Take Spring Allergy Medications Until Symptoms Start

This fallacy does nothing but put many people behind in the race to beat spring allergies. Once you see yellow pollen all over our cars, it’s really too late. You have lost the opportunity to get ahead of the misery.

The spring cycle really starts well before we see pollen, often in late February and early March, especially in Alabama and the rest of the southern half of the United States. Start by being proactive taking your medications early and you’ll be in for a more enjoyable spring.

Daily Spring Allergy Medications Are Unnecessary

This commonly misunderstood fact about spring allergies is one heard in many physician offices. The fact is, you should never wait to start, nor stop, allergy medications. It’s important to take your medications every day so that you can maximize their effect. Taking these daily doses gives the medicine time to treat and prevent any new allergy symptoms. Otherwise you are always playing “catch up.”

Spring Flowers Are the Culprit

If you believe that, you’re in for a surprise. It’s not the flowers that are giving you that runny nose. Think instead of all the trees and the spring winds that carry pollen in the air. In fact, flowering trees like cherry, pear, and dogwood are not the offenders either. It happens to be trees like maple, oak, and birch that are the real culprits, and they have no flowers.

A quick tip: if it’s a really windy day, wear wraparound sunglasses. This will help keep the pollen out of your eyes, which will limit redness and itchiness.

An OTC Nasal Spray Is All I Need to Get Through Spring Allergy Season

Non-prescription or OTC (over the counter) decongestant nasal sprays can become problematic when used consistently over time. They can irritate the lining of the nose and can lead to rebound congestion. They also become ineffective after about three days.

Topical nasal steroids are an excellent choice if you are looking to reduce inflammation. There are differences among these many types medications, so not every product will be best suited for you and your spring allergies. Talk to your primary care provider at Madison Medical Associates to determine which will be ideal for you.

Children Are Too Young to Take Allergy Medications

Some children have a terrible time with allergies in general. They can begin to have symptoms as early as two years old. The best course of action is to first find out what they are allergic to, and then the proper medications can be prescribed.

Since I Didn’t Have Allergies as a Kid, I Will Never Get Them

Sorry, but this is another one of those commonly misunderstood facts about spring allergies and allergies in general. Our bodies are always changing and reacting to different stimuli. So, in fact, you can begin to have spring allergies at age 40.

The opposite is also true. If you suffered with allergies as a kid, they may disappear as you get older with no particular rhyme or reason.

If you are struggling with allergies, or suspect that you may have some sort of spring allergies, please talk to your physician at Madison Medical Associates about which medications and other treatment options are right for you.

How Long Does it Take to See Weight Loss Results?

How Long Does it Take to See Weight Loss Results?

Many people who are trying to lose weight get overwhelmed because they assume they have to lose a substantial amount of weight in order to reap the benefits.

While your weight loss goal depends greatly on your current weight, a recent study published in Cell Metabolism found that you can start benefiting from weight loss when you lose as little as five percent of your body weight. The study showed that patients:

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  • Reduced the amount of dangerous fat around the abdomen. Having a large amount of belly fat can increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, colorectal cancer, sleep apnea, and high blood pressure.
  • Lowered triglyceride levels
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Improved how their bodies used insulin, which decreases the chance of getting diabetes and improves blood-sugar levels.
  • Lowered heart rates

Tips on Getting to a Healthy Weight

If you’re aiming to lose weight, setting a goal of five percent is a good start. Here are a few tips to get to a health weight:

  • Tweak your lifestyle. If you’re looking to lose weight, you need to make long-term changes to keep the weight off and stay healthy.
  • Focus on health eating. Eat a well-balanced diet that includes whole grains, vegetables, and lean protein. Consult a specialist to get a meal plan or healthy eating tips.
  • Exercise regularly. The American Heart Association suggests at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, especially if you have a desk job that requires you to sit for a majority of the day. Not only can regular exercise help you lose weight, it can also improve heart health.

Weight Loss Specialists in Madison, Alabama

The doctors at Madison Medical Associates can help you reach your weight loss goals and live a healthier lifestyle. Call (256) 325-1160 for more information on weight loss.

How Does Stress Affect Children?

Stress is a normal part of life, but how and if one learns to cope with it can affect children throughout their lives both physically and emotionally.

Children need a feeling of safety and security, but many of today’s parents are dealing with their own stressors and can easily overlook how stress may be affecting their children. Financial worries and dysfunctional  family situations, along with drug and alcohol addictions are all part of today’s culture.

As the parent of a young child or a teen, be aware of the signs of stress in your children. Make an effort to become proactive, and help them gain the confidence they crave.

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