By Matt Guyette
Tips for Coping with Spring Allergies
Tree pollen is the major source of itchy eyes and runny noses that affect many people in springtime. Pollen is spread by wind currents which makes it difficult to avoid for the one in five Americans who has a pollen allergy. Here are some suggestions:
- Stay inside and avoid exercising as much as possible, particularly during the early morning hours when pollen levels are highest.
- Avoid yard work such as mowing or raking.
- Keep windows closed in your home and car. Avoid using window fans that draw in outside air. Use air conditioning and change filters frequently.
- Shower and wash your hair often to remove pollens. Wash children’s hair before they go to bed if they have been playing outdoors.
- Wash pillowcases often. Dry clothes indoors.
- Keep pets that have been outdoors out of bedrooms.
- Talk to your doctor about new medications that are available to control allergic inflammation and provide non-sedating symptom relief.
- Check pollen levels in your local area through newspapers, local media websites or at www.pollen.com
Pollen from various grasses is airborne during the summer and weeds such as ragweed proliferate in the fall. Keep these tips in mind throughout the coming months.
Many people are also affected by indoor allergy triggers such as dust mites, pet dander, mold, secondhand smoke or other irritants including perfumed products.
Even common or mild allergies can trigger asthma episodes so it is important to know what you are allergic to, avoid those things as much as possible and follow your healthcare practitioner’s instructions about using preventive medications to control the inflammation in your airways that can lead to asthma flare-ups. For a free copy of “Tips to Control Indoor Asthma and Allergy Triggers,” contact the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, New England Chapter, at 1-877-2-ASTHMA or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America; New England Chapter offers educational programs throughout the region, publishes a newsletter and other materials and runs a telephone resource and information line to help people live well with asthma and allergies including food allergies. For more information call 1-877-2-ASTHMA or visit www.asthmaandallergies.org.
Source: Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, New England Chapter.
Chicken soup: Medical experts considered this as a mere hoax until a year ago when a research showed surprising benefits to the recovery rate of subjects experiencing the common cold. Since spring allergy triggers nasal fluid build-up, it is a smart idea to have chicken soup not only on a rainy day but during springtime as well.
Adult Service Coordination (ASC) provides assistance to individuals over the age of 21 with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. Services are also available to adults with disorders such as traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease and other degenerative brain disorders.
The Adult Service Coordination team at MDS assists adults with developmental and related disabilities as they identify personal goals, and then secures the supports and resources required to achieve them. Adult services are tailored to the needs of the individuals receiving supports and those closest to them that share in the vision. We help individuals, their families, guardians, friends and staff develop and maintain the system of supports and services that enable individuals to live in their communities, work, develop meaningful relationships, and enjoy life to the fullest.
Adult Service Coordinators work with individuals and their families to:
- Create an environment that empowers individuals to speak out for themselves and receive the highest quality services available;
- Search for opportunities, connections and ways to make the seemingly impossible probable;
- Offer information, explore options and network with others;
- Increase community awareness of the talents and gifts those with disabilities can offer.
The Adult Individual Services Option at Monadnock Developmental Services (MDS-ISO) helps adults with disabilities to access supports and services based on an individual’s life plan. Our goal is to create rich learning environments for both staff and individuals receiving services by building on the relationship between learning and self-determination. This includes positive behavior change through Gentle Teaching — a process that recognizes the vital role of bonding and friendship in healthy human growth and development. Our services support each individual’s efforts to achieve autonomy and empowerment through self-determination.