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How to Prep for Allergy Season
Spring Allergies begin earlier than you might expect, with milder winter temperatures causing plants to pollinate as early as February in much of the US. The severity and time frame for allergy season is different across the country, and other factors can extend symptoms into early fall, but there are still some things you can do to prepare yourself for allergy season.
Why Do I Keep Getting Sinus Infections?
Do you keep getting sinus infections over and over again? You’re not alone. Many people suffer from what seems like a cold or allergy attack that just wouldn’t go away. While these symptoms may seem like allergies or a cold, it is very likely that the root cause is actually sinusitis. Sinusitis is one of the most common health conditions in the US - over 37 million Americans suffer from sinusitis each year, and even that number does not include the countless cases in which people suffering from these symptoms never seek proper medical help. In many instances, people will experience frequent sinusitis with symptoms lasting up to three months or more. If this sounds like what you are experiencing, you may be suffering from chronic sinus infections, or chronic sinusitis. Let’s explore why this happens and how you can get relief.
3 Causes of Earache
It goes without saying that our ears are very important. Between hearing and balance, there is a lot that our ears contribute to that can easily be taken for granted. When pain is experienced in the ear, it can negatively impact quality of life very quickly. This can make routine activities like talking and eating uncomfortable and unpleasant. While there are several things that can cause earaches, there are three causes that tend to be the most common.
Breathe Easy in 2017
Early in the New Year, many people make resolutions to improve their lives. Whether they are related to personal or professional goals and accomplishments, diet and exercise, or overall quality of life, resolutions are meant to provide something to strive for in the year to come. Those who suffer from constant sinus infections and chronic sinusitis (which is the most common cause of missed work and decreased productivity in the country) may feel that this is the year to finally do something more than just taking a steady stream antibiotics to treat their symptoms. If you want to rid yourself of the constant congestion, sniffling, headaches, and other symptoms associated with chronic sinus infections, that’s a resolution that Ashford Clinic can help you keep this year!
Back to School Health Tips
Can you believe it's already time for most kids to head back to school? With this exciting (for the parents, at least) transition comes a whole host of new changes not only in terms of scheduling and environment, but also the germs and illnesses that children are exposed to. With that said, there are some things you can do preventatively to help keep your family healthy this school year.
3 Ways to Beat Fall Allergies
Autumn doesn't officially start until September 22, which is coming up faster than you think. Schools are starting back so eary that it's hard not to go ahead and make the "seasonal switch" in our minds. With that said, it's certainly not too early to start talking about Fall Allergies and how to prevent them.
3 Reasons to Get Allergy Tested NOW
Did you know that fifty million Americans suffer from allergies every year, according to the CDC? Additionally, as a country, we spend more than $18 billion on allergy treatments. If you've been thinking about getting tested for allergies, here's why now is a great time to check this off of your "to do" list.
Do I Have a Cold or Allergies?
Now that the seasons are finally thinking about changing - although, here in Georgia we may have highs in the 70's through Christmas - we're already seeing several instances of everyone's favorite game of self-diagnosis: Is It a Cold or Allergies? The symptoms can be very similar, but the root causes are very different. Knowing the difference in the two can help you to get the right treatment and feel better sooner.
What Causes Nasal Congestion?
Whether it is temporary or persistent, a stuffy nose is always a drag. What are the causes of nasal congestion? Read on to find out. You would think that breathing through your nose would be easy. But this is not always the case. And for those congested among us, not many problems are as annoying and disruptive as nasal blockage.
Breathing right can boost your immune system
Did you know there are ways to improve your health and bolster your immune system through proper, mindful breathing? The action of the immune system in defending the body from disease is a recent discovery. While ancient practitioners in Greece noticed the actions of immunity from disease, even earlier, yogis evolved ways to influence health and immunity through proper, mindful breathing.
Are my breathing habits hurting my health?
Look around at your fellow humans and you’re likely to observe that an impressive percentage of the population breathes incorrectly. Some of the most common features of inadequate breathing are taking shallow breaths; making audible sound while breathing, even at rest; and drawing breath with the muscles of the upper chest instead of using the diaphragm. Worst of all, and maybe the most common, is the habit of mouth breathing.
The congested breather’s guide to Septum, Turbinates and Nasal Valve
What parts of your nose get stuffed up, why, and what to do. It’s more than just annoying and inconvenient when you can’t breathe properly through your nose. Medical experts, athletic trainers and yogis all agree that nose breathing is beneficial.
How to Thrive in Pollen Season
It's hard not to notice that we're deep into pollen season, with the fine layer of yellow covering everything left outdoors and the coughing, sneezing, and runny noses of those suffering from Seasonal Allergies. An estimated 36 million Americans deal with some form of Seasonal Allergies, and with hundreds of medications, home remedies, and other products available on the market all claiming to help rid you of your allergy symptoms, it's hard to know where to start or what would even work for you.
Summer Allergy Season? It's real!
Here in Georgia, we're deep into the sticky heat of summer. So, why are you still experiencing some of the symptoms associated with spring and fall allergy seasons? Believe it or not, there are seasonal allergies associated with the summertime as well. Let's take a quick look at what causes environmental and seasonal summer allergy symptoms.
It's just Allergies... or is it?
What's causing your stuffy nose? It's not uncommon for most people to say "It's just allergies" without understanding what that actually means. There is a lot of confusion about the difference between allergies and sinusitis (sinus infections), and while there is some overlap in symptoms, these are two different conditions and treatment can be very different for each.
How to Deal With Fall Allergies
It's hard to believe, but Fall is almost officially here. With school schedules being what they are and the resurgence of pumpkin spice-flavored everything, many of us have mentally made the "seasonal switch" already. If you suffer from seasonal allergies during the cooler months, it's good to go ahead and start talking about Fall Allergies and how to prevent them.
Top 3 Reasons to Get Allergy Tested This Fall
Nationally, we spend more than $18 billion on allergy treatments and millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies every year. If you deal with allergy symptoms, it's a good idea to have allergy testing done.
Exercising with Allergies
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, the prospect of exercising outdoors can present some interesting challenges. For some, getting out in the "fresh air" actually creates more problems than it solves in terms of allergy symptoms. Luckilly, there are some things you can do to lessen or even avoid triggering allergy symptoms while getting active in the great outdoors.
Clear Your Head this Fall... Rinse Out Your Nasal Passages!
This time of year, it seems like everyone is dealing with some form of sinus infection, cold, or seasonal allergies. So, what better time than now to repost Dr. Alex Ashford's demonstration of a saltwater Nasal Irrigation technique for keeping your sinuses clear.
4 Mind (or Nose) Blowing Sneezing Facts
Everyone sneezes. Some people sneeze more loudly or forcefully than others, but it's something that everybody does. In a way, it's one of the few things that we all have in common. While sneezing is common to everyone on Earth, there are some really interesting things about sneezes and sneezing that most people don't realize.
Everything You Need to Know about Winter Allergies
Yes, Virginia, there are Winter Allergens. Even though we're no longer tracking the pollen count, there are still a number of allergens lurking about, waiting to stir up your allergy symptoms. For many Americans, it's always allergy season, even when the most common culprits are dormant for the winter. Here's what you need to know about allergies in the Winter...
Allergies and Nosebleeds
If you regularly struggle with allergy symptoms, you may notice that your nose bleeds. This may occur only occasionally, or it might be a frequent issue. The good news is that this is common among people who deal with allergies and while they are certainly a nuisance, they are rarely life-threatening. Let's dive a little deeper into what casues them.
The How's and Why's of Nasal Congestion
Now that the holidays have come and gone and life starts to drift back to normal, many of us start to wonder the same thing - "where did this nasal congestion come from?" This kind of congestion in incredibly common this time of year, and it can be an annoying and disruptive hinderance in our lives. Here's what causes nasal congestion and how it's treated...
10 Tips for Staying Healthy in Winter
It can be disheartening to start January with so much motivation and enthusiasm only to be hit with a nasty cold that takes weeks to fully get over. While there is no way to guarantee that you completely avoid illness during the winter months, there are some practical things you can do to help you stay healthy this time of year.
Get Ready for Allergy Season Now
We should start talking about allergy season. Yes, it's still cold outside (for Georgia) and the grass is still mostly brown, but preparing yourself and your home for allergy season now can help you manage the severity of your allergy symptoms once everything is in full bloom. Here are three things you should do now to get ready for Spring Allergy Season...
How to Deal with Indoor Allergies
Most people who suffer from seasonal allergies are happy to see the brown grass and bare trees, as that means that the traditional triggers for allergy symptoms have gone dormant until spring. Unfortunately, the cold months aren't allergy symptom-free for everyone, as the allergy triggers for many people don't stop at the door to your home.
Here Comes Pollen Season
Brace yourselves, pollen is coming. If you struggle with Seasonal Allergies, this is probably not your favorite time of year. While it is getting warmer outside and the days are brighter and longer, the downside for those suffering from Spring Allergies is that all of the new, beautiful growth also brings sneezing, coughing, and congestion. So, what should you know about Pollen and Allergy Season?
Hand Washing 101
Everyone wants to stay healthy, especially at times when there is a lot of illness going around. So, how can you protect yourself when it seems like everyone around you is getting sick? While there is no way to fully guarantee you will avoid any and all sickness, one of the most effective ways to prevent illness for you and your family is actually very simple - wash your hands.
Is it "Just Allergies?" Know the Difference.
"It's just my allergies." That's what many people tell themselves, and others, any time they experience a sore throat or runny nose. With Spring in full bloom and pollen covering everything, it's entirely possible that what many of us are experiencing are allergy symptoms. With that said, it's important now more than ever to know the difference between allergy symptoms and those of a cold or other respiratory issues. The symptoms can be very similar, but the root causes are very different. Knowing the difference between the two can help you to get the right treatment and feel better sooner.