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Are You Ready For Allergy Season?

5 Ways to Prepare For Allergy Season

With warmer weather creeping in and flowers in full bloom, it’s no secret that springtime has arrived.  For many, this means seasonal allergies are on the rise and will result in a number of bothersome symptoms. There are some steps you can take in advance to help ease symptoms. Today on the blog, we’re sharing 5 ways to prepare for allergy season.

 

young woman sneezing preparing for allergy season

5 Ways to Prepare For Allergy Season:

1.Spring Cleaning: Out with the old and in with the new. When cleaning, try to focus on areas of the home where certain allergens like dust may accumulate such as curtains, blinds, rugs, bedding, and furniture. Don’t forget to change the air filters inside your air conditioning units.

2. Be aware of and avoid triggers:  It may help to know if certain allergens such as dander, trees, or flowers outside can trigger your symptoms. If you aren’t exactly sure what is causing the issues, then you may want to consider an allergy test.

3. Don’t Ignore Your Diet: Adjusting some lifestyle factors such as adding or even omitting certain foods to the diet may be helpful in reducing certain symptoms often associated with allergies.  Reach for spices with anti-inflammatory properties (think turmeric and ginger) and include citrus fruits and vegetables with high amounts of antioxidants like quercetin and  Vitamin C.  These antioxidants may help lower histamine levels, but more research is needed.

4. Use apps or local news to track pollen counts: Tracking pollen counts can help you better plan and schedule your outdoor activities during allergy season. Pollen counts tend to be highest in the early mornings and early evenings but may vary based on your location. Weather and news stations will offer daily pollen and mold count reports. There are also smartphone apps you can download to have information readily accessible.

5. Consider starting antihistamines or nasal sprays about 2 weeks before symptoms start. Antihistamines are responsible for blocking certain chemicals called histamines that are released by the body. These chemicals trigger the immune response, contributing to inflammation and symptoms such as runny nose, watery eyes, and itchy throat.  Pretreating can help to prevent inflammation from starting and mitigate these symptoms.

Don’t worry, you’ve got this! However, if your allergies are driving you crazy, schedule a consultation with Prose Medical to become a member and schedule an appointment so you can find relief. We offer same and next-day visits for your convenience.

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Covid-19: Who is Eligible and Where to Get the Vaccine

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Current COVID-19 vaccine distribution for the state of Florida

It’s great to know that the demand for the Covid-19 vaccines in the state of Florida is high. To date, according to the CDC statewide over 3.6 million Floridians are fully vaccinated. This means they have received two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one Johnson and Johnson dose. This number will increase as the days go on. Keep reading to find out who is eligible for the vaccine and where to get the vaccine in Florida.

Who is currently eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine in the state of Florida?

The criteria for those who are eligible for the vaccine will continue to change in the upcoming weeks. Currently, in Florida, you are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine if you are:

– 65 years or older.

– age 16 and older with a signed Determination of Extreme Vulnerability Form.

– a healthcare worker with direct patient contact.

– a resident or staff of long-term care facilities.

– a law enforcement officer and firefighter 50 years and older.

– a teacher 50 years and older.

Where can you get the vaccine?

In addition to hospitals, doctor’s offices, and departments of health, there are numerous state-run sites and retail pharmacy locations across the state offering the vaccine. Retailers include neighborhood Publix, CVS, Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Winn- Dixie. You can see additional details and search for the nearest site by going to this website from the Florida Department of Health.   

So in order to increase Covid-19 vaccine access in Florida, four new Federal Emergency Management Agency  ( FEMA) vaccine sites opened last week. These sites are in Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Miami. They will be able to vaccinate up to 3,000 people each day. To pre-register, you can visit myvaccine.fl.gov or call the designated phone number for your county’s designated phone.

Lastly, Prōse Medical is in the process of becoming eligible to administer Covid-19 vaccines. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list for updates. Until then, we will continue to share current information on where to find and access the vaccine in the state of Florida.