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Monday, October 15, 2007

We've got one of those kids

So after several weeks of worrying about our sweet son and his chronic cold - our doctor finally diagnosed him as having severely bad allergies. We're actually really relieved to know what's been plaguing him with a runny nose, constant cough, & lately - really nasty gunky eyes.

Since he's too young to do allergy testing and since most people don't like doing it because of the pain factor - here are a few general tips for generic allergies:

- Keep windows closed at night to keep pollens or molds from drifting into the home.
- Use an air conditioner and dehumidifier to keep air clean, cool and dry.
- Keep car windows closed when traveling.
- Minimize outdoor activity on days when the pollen count or humidity is high or on windy days when mold and pollen are more likely to be blown about.
- Take vacations to lower pollen-count areas, such as the seashore.
- Use a mask when mowing or raking the lawn; both stir up pollen and molds.
- Don't hang sheets or clothing out to dry; pollen and molds collect on them.
- Take medications as prescribed in the recommended dosage. Do not take more medication to alleviate severe symptoms.
- Take a shower after spending time outdoors to remove pollen and mold that may be on your skin and hair.
- Avoid gardening in the morning when pollen counts are usually highest.
- Make sure your yard is free of troublesome weeds such as nettle, dock, English plantain, pig weed and ragweed.

(TACOMA, Wash. -- The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology)

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