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Finding Relief from Spring Allergies

May 7, 2015 12:30 am

For the 50 million Americans with seasonal allergies, symptoms can arise from a variety of sources, including tree, grass or ragweed, says Anju Peters, a Northwestern Medicine allergist. Pollen kicks the immune system into overdrive, causing the body to release histamine and other substances that result in unpleasant symptoms for allergy sufferers.

If you’re in the throes of spring allergy season, knowing your allergy triggers, recognizing symptoms and consulting with an allergist can help, says Peters. He suggests:
  • Protecting Your Home – Make sure windows and doors are shut completely when pollen counts peak. Dust and vacuum frequently.
  • Being Mindful of Your Clothing – Remove clothing that has been worn outside when you get home. Try to wash all your clothes and bedding frequently.
  • Visiting Your Doctor – Talking with your doctor can help determine what type of pollen triggers your allergies. During the visit, the doctor may perform an allergy skin test or check your blood for potential allergens.
  • Making a Calendar – Once you are able to specifically identify the culprit, create a calendar of your most severe allergy weeks.
  • Using Sprays Sparingly - While over-the-counter medications like antihistamines, decongestants and nasal sprays can help, don’t overuse them. This can lead to ineffectiveness and rebound congestion.
Source: Northwestern Medicine

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8 Ways to Childproof Windows

May 7, 2015 12:30 am

Open windows can be dangerous any time of year, especially when children are unsupervised. To protect children from window hazards, the Window Safety Task Force recommends the following tips.

1. When young children are around, keep windows closed and locked.

2. When opening a window for ventilation, use those located out of a child’s reach. For example, the upper sash of a double hung window.

3. Avoid placing furniture near windows to prevent young children from climbing.

4. Don’t allow children to jump on beds or other furniture to help reduce potential falls.

5. Don’t rely on insect screens to prevent a window fall. Insect screens are designed to keep bugs out, not to keep children in the home.

6. Supervise children to keep child’s play away from windows, balconies or patio doors. Keep play in the center of a room, if possible.

7. Install safety-compliant devices designed to limit how far a window will open or window guards (with quick-release mechanisms in case of fire) to help prevent a fall.

8. Teach your child how to safely use a window to escape during an emergency, such as a fire.

Source: National Safety Council

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