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Improve Air Quality Now in Preparation for a Long Winter with Indoor Allergies

Winter may seem to be a long way away. But with a busy year ahead, it can sneak up on you. For many, the winter season brings about the year’s worst allergy symptoms, caused by indoor allergens. 

If you experience indoor allergies, there are steps that you can take now to reduce your allergy symptoms this winter. You’ll thank yourself later for improving your home’s air quality, as it will make a big difference in your winter indoor allergies. 

Indoor Allergens

As temperatures drop in the winter, people typically spend significantly more time indoors than during the rest of the year. This increases their exposure to indoor allergens. 

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Why Allergy Shots Are Our Most Effective Treatment Against Common Allergens

If you struggle with an allergy, you know that allergy symptoms can be disruptive to daily life. From sneezing, coughing, and other respiratory symptoms to skin irritation and even headaches and nausea, allergies can cause significant discomfort throughout the day. Allergy treatments can help ease this discomfort, with allergy shots being the most effective option for common allergens. 

What Are Allergy Shots?

Allergy shots are a treatment used to target allergy symptoms. This treatment option has the potential to eliminate allergy symptoms for some patients and is often a long-term allergy solution. Additionally, allergy shots can be effective in stopping the progression of allergies in children. 

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How the Peak in Allergies of Teens and Young Adults Translates into Future Allergic Reactions

Unfortunately, if you experienced allergies as a teen or young adult, you won’t necessarily outgrow them. Allergies can be lifelong, and cases can vary from one person to the next. This is why visiting an allergy specialist like Dr. Jamie Kratz can be helpful in determining the best treatment for your case. 

Here, we’ll discuss how allergies in your teenage and young adult years can translate into future allergic reactions. Whether or not you’ll experience allergic reactions to certain triggers can be unpredictable, but many treatment options are available to help you manage allergy symptoms. 

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The Most Common Allergy Treatments for Respiratory, Epidermal, and Asthma Conditions

Respiratory and epidermal conditions, as well as asthma, can often be effectively treated by your allergist. The right treatment for you will depend on the root cause of the allergy, as well as the severity of your symptoms. 

Allergy Treatment for Respiratory Conditions

Sinusitis, or rhinosinusitis, is a condition that causes inflammation in the sinus lining. This condition can be caused by allergies, such as hay fever, or an infection. Sinusitis causes facial pain or pressure, nasal congestion, a runny nose, and/or headaches. 

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Ways to Keep Your Kindergartner Focused in Virtual Learning in Spite of Allergies

Florida’s schools are closed for the remainder of the academic year, much to the dismay of every kindergarten parent. Kindergartners are notorious for lacking focus and drive to learn. They don’t yet understand why learning is important or why they should pay attention in class. When that class is divided among 30 homes instead of 30 desks, there’s no doubt that many kindergarteners are falling behind.

One of the biggest challenges for many children is sitting still through classes when they are suffering from allergies. The indoor air quality of public schools is tightly controlled. But when your child is at home, they are exposed to dander, dust mites, and other allergens that can exacerbate symptoms. 

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Goodbye Pollen, Hello Dust Mites: Surviving Winter Indoor Allergies

Allergy patients all over Florida are always relieved as the holidays draw near. Due to our climate, November through February are the only months that most pollen or hayfever allergies die down. Unfortunately, many people also have indoor allergies to things like dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens. These allergies can be as bad or worse than the symptoms you experience during the rest of the year.

Just like other allergies, indoor allergens can cause a reaction in some people and not others, and some patients can go years before they have a reaction. If you usually spend your time outside or away from home and are spending more time at home than ever like most Americans, you may be having some allergy symptoms you didn’t notice before.

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What It Means to Have an Immunodeficiency Diagnosis

Having an immunodeficiency diagnosis during a pandemic is one of the scariest things that people can go through today. If your body isn’t able to adequately fend off infection, it isn’t going to stand up well to a virus that infects people at an astounding rate. When you have an immunodeficiency disorder, you have to be more careful than the average person to avoid illness.

However, that doesn’t mean that you have to hide in your home indefinitely, afraid to come into contact with anything that could make you ill. In reality, there are a lot of measures you can take to keep yourself safe during the pandemic and beyond. Here are some things you might experience if you are immunodeficient.

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Types of Allergens that Can Be Treated with Allergy Shots

There isn’t a cure for allergies, but you can now get some long-term (or maybe permanent) relief. Allergy shots offer a way to build up an immunity to your allergies so that you only experience mild symptoms or none at all. However, allergy shots are not available to treat all types of allergies. The allergens below are the most common that cause allergic rhinitis or allergic asthma.

Pollens

There are many different pollens that can cause allergic reactions. The most common tree pollens to cause allergies are oak and cedar. Ragweed is also a very common allergy, but any pollen can cause issues. Oak and ragweed pollens are very responsive to allergy shots.

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Surprising Things in Your Home that Contribute to Eczema Flares

Did you know that your lifestyle and everyday things around your home could be contributing to your eczema flares? The exact cause of eczema is not always known, but it is known that some things will make symptoms worse. Ready to tackle and prevent those flares? Look for these hazards in your home.

Extreme heat or cold temperatures

When you become very hot or very cold, the itching and irritation on your skin can increase dramatically. It is best to have artificial cooling in the summer months, as well as some dry heat during cold snaps when the air can get very cool. 

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How to Figure Out What Is Causing Your Hives

Do you have painful or itchy bumps on your skin without any apparent cause? These are usually hives, and there are a lot of different things that can bring them about. With so many potential causes, it can be difficult to know whether or not to see a doctor; and, if so, what type of doctor. Here is what you need to know about hives, how they are diagnosed, and where to start.

Potential causes of hives

Hives can often be an allergic reaction, but not always. Sometimes hives are caused by mental, physical, or emotional stress. People with chronic illnesses or chronic pain may get hives, as well as people who have high anxiety or panic attacks. Being in a stressful life situation, such as an abusive relationship, can also cause hives. So how do you know what is causing your hives and how to treat them?

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