America's Allergist Blog

Could you be at high risk of complications caused by the flu?

It’s that time of year again. Back to school, the holidays, and the flu. The flu comes and goes, but for those who have certain health issues, the flu can linger and cause additional complications. So, are you at risk of these complications? Influenza is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system. This includes the lungs, nose and throat. It is very contagious and can cause fevers, congestion, runny nose, headache, fatigue, chills, sore throat, cough and more. The flu makes people miserable and can knock you down for a couple weeks. It can be very serious for young...

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Could you have a deviated septum?

Do you have trouble breathing? How about snoring, headaches, and face pain? You could be suffering from a deviated septum. A deviated septum happens when the bone and cartilage (nasal septum) separating the nasal cavity in half is crooked and pushes towards one side. This can cause problems breathing because it makes one side of the passage smaller. About 80% of people suffer from some type of alignment problem within their nasal septum, most of them not knowing about it. Deviated septums can be caused by trauma or an injury to the nose. People can also be born with one....

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How to Not Look Sick When You’re Sick

We’ve all been there – stuffy nose, runny nose, sinus pressure and pain, and watery, red, swollen eyes – the dreaded cold. People also experience these same symptoms with allergies. You may think the only way to look while sick is miserable, but there are a few ways to looking better while sick. For swollen, dark or red puffy eyes you can try cool compresses, ice packs, or ice cubes wrapped in towels or in bags to relieve swelling. Eye drops will help with redness (some prescription allergy eye drops may be available through your physician). You can also try...

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Smoking Laws Lacking in Southern States

Secondhand smoke is a problem world-wide. In Colorado, we are fortunate to have so many smoking bans when it comes to smoking in public. However, the Southern states are lacking in public smoking bans. “According to a federal government report, there are no U.S. Southeast states with comprehensive smoke-free laws” (WebMD). From 2000 to 2010, 26 states including the District of Columbia added comprehensive smoke-free laws. Since 2010, only two more states have added these laws. “Almost 60% of the U.S. is covered by comprehensive smoke-free laws. Of the 23 states without comprehensive smoke-free laws, 14 of them protect some...

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How to Manage Your Eye Allergies

Allergic conjunctivitis, also known as eye allergies, is a problem for millions of Americans. It can cause swollen, puffy, red eyes. This can make you feel and look miserable during allergy season. A quick fix to calming down the eyes is to use a cold compress. However, this is not a long-term solution. The most important thing to do is find out what you are allergic too and how to control those triggers and symptoms. Eye allergies can happen by themselves or with nasal allergies. It can have many symptoms including: ·         Redness on the whites of your eyes and...

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