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We at DeSantis Family Practice are dedicated to providing the highest quality medical care for you and your family in a friendly and professional atmosphere.  Our practice uniquely merges the most modern advances of family medicine with our high resolution digital X-Ray, state-of-the art laboratory, and electronic medical records in one of Hickory's largest historical landmark buildings which was built in 1927.

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 Allergy Facts

Spring goes into full bloom, yet you’re in real misery. Others fight battles with certain foods, chemicals, or airborne particles. What causes these reactions?

Allergies are an abnormal response of the immune system. People who have allergies have an immune system that reacts to a usually harmless substance in the environment. This substance (pollen, mold, and animal dander, for example) is called an allergen.

Allergies are a very common problem, affecting at least two out of every 10 Americans.

 

What Are the Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction?

Common symptoms of an allergic reaction to inhaled or skin allergens include:

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Itchy, runny nose
  • Rashes
  • Feeling tired or ill
  • Hives (a rash with raised red patches)

 

Does Everyone Have Allergies?

No, not everyone has allergies. People inherit a tendency to be allergic, although not to any specific allergen. When one parent is allergic, their child has a 50% chance of having allergies. That risk jumps to 75% if both parents have allergies.

 

How to Allergy-Proof Your Environment

Medicines help treat allergy symptoms once they strike, but there are several steps you can take to prevent symptoms altogether. The following recommendations can help you avoid allergy triggers whether you're at home, outdoors, or out on the town.

At Home

  • Keep windows closed and use air conditioning if you're allergic to pollen. Don't use fans since they can stir up dust.
  • Filter the air. Cover air conditioning vents with cheesecloth to filter pollen and use high efficiency particulate air filters. Clean air filters frequently and air ducts at least once a year.
  • Keep the humidity in your house below 50% to prevent mold growth.
  • If you have pets, consider keeping them outside or perhaps ask someone else to take care of them. Animal dander and saliva are common allergens for many people. If you must keep your pets indoors, do not allow them in the bedroom and be sure to bathe them often.
  • Avoid areas where molds may collect, including basements, garages, crawl spaces, barns and compost heaps. Have someone else clean these areas often.
  • Install dehumidifiers in basements and other areas of the house where molds tend to collect. Clean these devices every week.
  • Simple mold testing kits are available in big box stores and hardware stores. They are easy to use and will at least tell you if you have a lot of mold as opposed to a minimal amount. If it is a lot, you can pay more attention to getting rid of mold, especially in the rooms you spend the most time in, for example, the bedroom.
  • Air out damp clothes and shoes (in the house) before storing.
  • Remove laundry from the washing machine promptly. Don't leave wet clothes in the washer where mold can quickly grow.
  • Wash shower curtains and bathroom tiles with mold-killing solutions.
  • Don't collect too many indoor plants as soil encourages mold growth.
  • Store firewood outside.
  • Use plastic covers for pillows, mattresses and box springs. Avoid overstuffed furniture and down-filled bedding or pillows.
  • Wash your bedding every week in hot water.
  • Don't allow smoking in your house.
  • Wear a mask and gloves when cleaning, vacuuming or painting to limit dust and chemical exposure.
  • Vacuum twice a week.
  • Limit throw rugs to reduce dust and mold. If you do have rugs, make sure they are washable.
  • When possible, choose hardwood floors instead of carpeting. If you must have carpeting, choose low-pile material.
  • Avoid dust-collecting Venetian blinds or long drapes. Replace old drapes with window shades instead.
  • Make sure there is an exhaust fan over the stove to remove cooking fumes.

In the Car

  • Keep windows closed and set the air conditioner to use recirculated air if you are allergic to pollen.
  • Don't permit smoking in the car.

 

All information obtained from WebMD

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/default.htm

 

 

 

 
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