By: Amy Movius MD
Sneezing. Itchy, watery eyes. Runny nose. Dark under-eye circles. Anyone with allergies is familiar with these symptoms. Allergies often flare in springtime with all the spectacular blossoming and blooming -and pollen production – going on. Allergies don’t take a summer holiday however, and pollen remains the main culprit. The source of the pollen does change though: in spring it’s trees, in summer it’s the more mundane grasses and weeds. Ragweed, a top allergy offender, swings into full gear in August. You don’t have to see it to feel it either, since ragweed pollen can travel hundreds of miles on the wind. Pollen isn’t the only summer allergen. Summer air pollution – think ozone – can worsen allergy symptoms. Higher temperatures and less wind (=summer) increases ozone. Also, there are allergies to beware of an entirely different kind – the kind that stings and bites and seem to be everywhere in summer. Bees and wasps and other stinging/biting insects commonly cause pain and swelling locally. Some people will be terribly, dangerously allergic to them however, even if they’ve never been bit before. Anyone who gets a rash or swelling all over, even the first time after a bite, should be very concerned. These types of allergic reactions frequently get worse each time they occur and can be life threatening. Staying inside all summer wouldn’t be much fun – nor would it protect you from all allergies. Mold loves damp and humid places, a description that applies to probably every bathroom and basement in Maine during the summer J. Also, dust mites – a relentless year-round allergen – peaks in the warm and humid summer months. They don’t bite but rather eat dead skin cells (gross, I know) and so hang out where people do; in beds, pillows, upholstery, and carpet.
Management of summertime allergies includes avoiding and limiting exposure to allergens, removing allergens as much as possible, using over-the-counter medications, and seeking medical advice and sometimes specialized care and treatment when allergies are more extreme. For outdoor allergies, checking pollen counts is a good start. They tend to be higher on warmer, drier and windier days, and peak midday to afternoon. Exercising inside and keeping windows closed can be helpful on high pollen days. Likewise, a good rain can temporarily clear pollen away. If you know you will be exposed to an allergen, taking an over-the-counter antihistamine can prevent symptoms more easily before they start. If pollen sensitive, wearing a hat and sunglasses outdoors will keep some pollen out of the face and eyes. Wear gloves when doing activities such as gardening and avoid touching face. Washing hands when coming indoors and rinsing eyes with cool water is helpful as well. Showering and washing hair at night and changing clothes before getting into bed will also remove any leftover pollen clinging to you from the day. As for stinging insect exposure, avoid going barefoot in areas they inhabit. They are attracted to bright colors and sweet smells so avoid like clothing and scents in these areas as well. Also, don’t drink from open cans outside (they like to fly in for a sip) and keep food covered. Those with severe allergies should always carry an epi-pen with them as prescribed. For indoor mold, keep prone areas as clean and dry as possible, and use dehumidifiers if available. Dust mites are everywhere and just the right size to be inhaled. Vacuuming and just walking on carpet will send them floating into the air. An estimated 90% of people with allergic asthma are dust mite sensitive. Covering mattresses, pillows (polyester ones best), and box springs with airtight dust mite covers is an excellent idea since we spend about a third of our life sleeping. Weekly washing of all bedding in very hot water and drying on high heat is recommended to kill dust mites. For other indoor areas, floors should be damp cleaned or vacuumed with HEPA filter at least weekly. Laundering throw rugs, opting for blinds over drapes, and avoiding dust mite loving collectors such as stuffed animals can also help keep the population down.
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Marion Syversen was in for this week’s Finance is Fun to talk to us about the top strategies for you when you’re providing for others.
‘Responsibility requires action’ – This quote is both succinct and insightful. The responsibility of dependents requires you to act on their behalf, to both protect them now and in the event you cannot take care of them. Let’s give this some thought.
Bobbie Fowler was in from the Old Town Animal Orphanage with a furry friend for us to meet.
If you are interested in adopting a pet, the orphanage is open Monday through Friday 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
On Monday’s I Love My Pet, meet Salem.
Salem belongs to Tammy.
He is very speical to his owner, he was rescued along with his mother and brother.
Salem goes everywhere with Tammy.
Jim Fernald from Brookings Smith Funeral Home was in for this week’s Senior Watch to talk about pre-planning funerals and why it’s so important for families.
For this weeks Abby’s Kitchen Bytes, Abby Freethy, showed Wayne how to make a delicious penne pasta with duck. If you have any questions for Abby about this segment or you would like to know how to make the dish, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earlier this week, TV5′s Terry Stackhouse took on the Nite Show’s Dan Cashman in a burger battle.
Neither finished, but that’s not the point.
George Hale is here with his take on eating competitions.
Next Generation Theatre in Brewer puts teens in the driver’s seat of full production plays, from cast to direction. Two of the young directors, Stephanie Colavito and Laura Gordon were in the studio Friday talking to Joy about the production process as well as some of their upcoming performances.
To learn more about any of the topics discussed on this gardening segment, visit, windsweptgardens.comIf you have a topic you’d like to see discussed with Bob Bangs, send us an email at email@example.com.
Dietitian Mary Lavanway was in for this week’s Wellness Wednesday, showing us how to make a salad swap. Where you swap an entree for a salad and save lots of calories. With this salad swap Mary did a twist on a grilled cheese sandwich.
Vicki Haskell was in the kitchen with Joy Wednesday for this week’s Senior Spotlight. She mentioned a fundraiser on Thursday at Applebee’s from 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Simply meet Vicki in the parking lot of the Bangor K-Mart to recieve a flyer, then bring the flyer to Applebee’s, and they will donate 15% of your bill to Meals on Wheels.
MJ Ball was here on Wednesday to promote a golf outing put on by Fields4Kids that will be happening on Friday, July 11th.
Fields4Kids is an organization aimed at building indoor sports fields to give local children a place to play soccer, football, or whatever outdoor activity, all year long.
High Stress and Poor Health: Breaking the Negative Cycle
Healthy Living – July 8th, 2014
Dr. David Prescott – Acadia Hospital
The High Stress/Poor Health Negative Cycle: New research from the Harvard School of Public Health, Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, and National Public Radio, point out the strong relationship between stress and chronic illness. Public health experts and medical researchers have long known that life stress increases people’s risk for heart disease, obesity, and other health problems. However, experts are now noting that coping with a chronic illness, either having the illness yourself, or caring for a family member with a chronic illness, brings on more stress.
Summer means kids in business!
Deb Neuman has some tips to help your kids have a summer business:
1. Let them pick the business!
2. Help them make a business “plan”
Marion Syverson was in for this week’s Finance is Fun to tell us about how, research has shown that in general there are gender differences in how men and women behave in investing. Marion examined some of them so we can learn our strengths – and weaknesses.
Kristin Harmon was in the studio again for this week’s Pet of the Week. This time, she brought a one year-old shepard/pit bull mix named Gustav. Gustav is a very active male dog with the potential to do well with other dogs and cats. He is very well trained and well-mannered, but Kristin recommends Gustav for a home with children at least in their teens, as he is still very much a puppy and can play a little rough at times for young children.