Pollen is the main trigger of allergies in the summer. Pollen allergies can cause sneezing, nasal congestion, coughing and itchiness in the nose, eyes and throat.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, about 35 million Americans suffer from pollen allergy, commonly known as hay fever.
Follow these tips to prevent or treat this type of allergies.
- Limit your outdoor activities in the mornings, a time when pollen levels are at their highest.
- Take a shower and change clothes at home if you were outdoors. This will help clear out any pollen left on your hair, body and clothing.
- Avoid hanging your clothes to dry outdoors.
- Keep your home and car windows closed on sunny, windy days. If possible, use air conditioning.
- Avoid mowing the lawn or sweeping the deck or patio too often.
Certain medicines may help alleviate symptoms of allergies or allergic rhinitis. Talk to your doctor about the right allergy medications for you.
Some common allergy medications include:
- Nasal and oral decongestants
- Antihistamines in pill, syrup, or drop form
- Nasal sprays, with or without corticosteroid
If your symptoms are too difficult to manage with medication, your doctor can perform a skin allergy test to get a more accurate diagnosis. Based on the results, the doctor will prescribe the proper course of treatment.
The Atlantic hurricane season begins each year on June 1 and ends on November 30.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than 35 million people live in areas that can be affected by hurricanes.
The strong winds, heavy rains and flooding that go along with hurricanes can cause serious damage to property and endanger lives. Being informed about what to do before, during and after a hurricane can help you and your family stay safe and prevent property damage.
Before and during the storm
- Be aware of any emergency alert signals issued by authorities
- Get to know the evacuation routes and emergency procedures of the places you and your family frequent, such as school or your office building
- Identify the most secure places in your home, which can be a room with few windows, a hallway or a basement
- Find evacuation and emergency shelters for your neighborhood
- Put together an emergency supply kit
- Use shutters to cover your house’s windows
- Make sure blinds and windows are closed
In case of an evacuation
- Tune your radio to NOAA’s National Weather Service to know what to do and where to go
- If you are away from your family, make a plan where to meet once the hurricane passes
- Shut windows and doors and unplug any electrical appliances before leaving the house
- Pack a bag with clothes, medicine, important documents, cash and your emergency kit
- Drive only on roads that have been approved by officials and avoid taking shortcuts that could be hazardous
- Return home only when authorities say the danger has passed
- Don’t walk or drive in flooded areas or unstable structures, such as bridges or alternate routes
- Check the area outside your house before going in, as there could be loose power lines or other dangerous objects that aren’t immediately visible
- Do not go inside if you smell gas or if there are signs of any flooding or fire as the home’s structure may be weakened
- Take photos of any damaged areas to use when filing a claim with your insurance company
From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
National Prevention Week 2014 is just days away! This annual health observance, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is dedicated to increasing awareness of substance abuse prevention and mental health promotion.
The National Prevention Week theme this year is Our Lives. Our Health. Our Future. From May 18-24, join others across the country to help spread awareness about substance use and mental health, and strengthen the health of your community.
Here’s how you can get involved:
Get in the spirit: watch the National Prevention Week 2014 promotional video. Share the video link and spread the word!
Commit to a healthy lifestyle by taking the Prevention Pledge, and encourage friends and family to do the same. You can also customize your pledge with a personal message about why prevention is important to you.
Add the power of your voice to SAMHSA’s 2014 “I Choose” photo project. Visit www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week to find out how you can inspire others by participating. People of all ages are already submitting their photos, and their “I Choose” messages will inspire you, too.
Post about National Prevention Week on social media to raise awareness about behavioral health issues and the importance of preventing problems before they start.
Visit www.samhsa.gov/prevention-week for more information about National Prevention Week 2014.