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Okanogan Douglas Beautiful spring weather brings sniffles and sneezes to some Distrlet Hospital Ah, spring--sunshine, blue skies, green grass, new flowers, new the seasons of spring and autumn. (Most plants produce the offending leaves on the trees. Allergies. The new grass and leaves and flowers cause some people to cough and sniffle and sneeze; it makes their eyes water and their nose itch. All those are signs of an allergy. Allergies can be a seasonal reaction to climactic conditions or a lifetime reaction to certain foods or chemicals. The spring and fall attacks of itchy runny noses and itchy watery eyes are commonly called hay fevernalthough hay does not cause an allergic reaction and fever is not one of the symptoms. Allergies develop when the body identifies something it encounters as a foreign substance, said Brad Hagen of Main Street Health Associates in Brewster. The body then manufactures chemicals to reject the sub- stance. That leads to a chemical chain reaction that produces the symp- toms, whether it's the watery eyes of a hay fever sufferer or the stomach ache of a person with a food allergy. Children and adults alike can develop allergies. Hagen said that research indicates some people seem to have a genetic component in the onset of their disease. There are possible environmental causes as well; exposure to some manmade chemicals may be part of the reason for the development of allergies in adults. Hay fever is a reaction to airborne allergens, including pollen (usually from trees, grasses, flowers or weeds), mold, dust, mites and air pollut- ants such as tobacco smoke. Its symptoms include the aforementioned itchy and watery eyes, coughing, sneezing and snuffy nose, as well as itching in the roof of the mouth and burning in the throat. Colds also produce most of those symptoms, but cold symptoms also include a sore throat and fever. In addition, a cold usually comes and goes in one to two weeks. Hay fever hangs on until the pollen season ends. The risk of developing symptoms increases with a family history of allergies, a personal medical history of allergic reactions, smoking and PHYSICAL THERAPY OKANOGAN DOUGLAS DISTRICT HOSPITAL Mark Miller Men., Wed. & Thurs. 689-2517 Rod Dodge Monday thruFriday 689-2223 or 689-2517 DUANE L. RANA, O.D. DOCTOR OF OPTOMETRY Family Vision Care , IIIllk.-- ,_ I'"'F u00o,00,,ic I Contact Lenses (509) 689-2342 123 Hospital Way Brewster, WA. 98812 pollens in the spring and fall.) Hay fever symptoms can be controlled with medication---anitihisfimin. decongestants, special eye drops and nasal sprays--but the condition usually persists over a lifetime. Hay fever sufferers are urged to eliminate as many allergens as possible from their environment and their lifestyle. Pets (except fish) should be kept outside, and stuffed animals should be removed from the house. Doors and windows should be kept closed, and an allergy sutferer should keep the windows closed on the car. The bedroom should have all curtains, furniture and carpets removed and be thoroughly scrubbed with a damp mop. Wood or plastic chairs, plastic curtains, rags that can be washed at least once a week and bedclothes that can be washed often are recom- mended. The box springs, mattress and pillows should be coved with plastic. Allergy sufferers should avoid handling very dusty objects and wear a filter face mask when housecleaning. An air purification unit for the heating and air conditioning systems are recommended. Food allergies occur when the immune system overreacts to the presence of a food or substance that is otherwise harmless. Usually the symptoms occur within a few minutes or up to two hours after eating the food. However, in some cases the symptoms may not appear until a day or two later. Stomachache and diarrhea are common symptoms; others include a skin rash, hives, swelling of face or hands and feet, nausea and vomiting, coughing, migraine headache, hay fever. The foods most often involved include cow's milk, egg whites, wheat, soybeans, peanuts and tree nuts such as walnuts or pecans, chocolate, fish and shellfish, sesame and sunflower seeds. The risk of developing food allergies increases when a person has other allergies, or if there are family members with a history of such allergies. Ifa person suspects they have a food allergy they should stop eating the suspected foods for about two weeks, or until all the symptoms disappear, then start eating the foods again one by one to see if the symptoms return. People with a severe allergic reaction to food should be extra careful in avoiding it. Food allergy sufferers should carry a kit with a syringe containing adrenaline, in case the critical food is eaten accidently and a reaction develops. All people with a food allergy should read food package labels very carefully. Like hay fever, there is no cure for food allergies, but medications are available to treat some of the symptoms. HARMONY HOUSE HEALTH CARE CENTER We CARe ABOUT YOUR LOVED ONE We offer Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy (with licensed therapis0 along with Audiology & Podiatry Services, Skilled Nursing Care & Respite Care JERRY TREOLD Administrator River Plaza P.O. Box 829 NANCY BAKER, R.N. Director of Nuning WA. 98812 509-689-2546 Ed Van Tassel, D.O. Board Certified Orthopedics, Practicing general orthopedics and sports medicine. Dr. Lynn Quisumbing Board Certified Internal Medicine. Specializes - Adult Medicine. Sub Special - Hematology/Oncology Dr. Luis Panuncialman Board Certified General Surgeon Visit Your Good Neighbor Pharmac, for... Everyday Values l Prescriptions Fast, Friendly Service Professional Consultation Convenience! 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