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Ask a Nurse: The Top 10 Ways to Manage Spring Allergies

The Top 10 Ways to Manage Spring Allergies

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The Top 10 Ways to Manage Spring Allergies

Spring has sprung! This warm and early spring has resulted in possibly the worst allergy season on record! I heard on the news the other day that the pollen count in Atlanta was already 51% higher than any year on record!  I have collected my top 10 ways to help manage spring allergies; I hope you find some of them relevant to you! If you or a family member are experiencing sneezing, runny itchy nose, itchy watery eyes, or other symptoms of outdoor allergies, try these tips:

1. Close the windows in your car and house. Use an air conditioner if you want to cool off. If you just can’t live without that fresh (and pollen filled) air, try taking an antihistamine and see if it helps enough with the windows open.

2. Don’t hang your clothes outside to dry. While sun-warmed laundry, fresh from the line smells and feels so good; the laundry will be covered in pollen that you can’t see. Dry your clothes in a clothes dryer and see if it helps.

3. Let someone else mow the lawn. If you have outdoor allergies, don’t torture yourself by doing this. If your prescription or over the counter allergy medication controls your symptoms enough to not be bothered by mowing the lawn, go ahead…and come do mine, too! You could also wear a filter mask.

4. Shower and wash your hair before you go to bed. If you have spent time outdoors, don’t make your symptoms worse by transferring pollen to your pillow and sheets!

5. Keep your pets clean. Wash your pets often if they spend time outdoors. Petting and snuggling a pollen covered pet is sure to flare up your allergies!

6. Keep pets that spend time outdoors off of furniture and beds. As much as we all love our furry friends, if pollen bothers you, keep them off these areas.

7. Vacuum frequently with a vacuum that filters out allergens, like a HEPA filter. Don’t forget to vacuum the upholstered furniture.

8. Limit your time outside on days with high pollen counts. Pollen counts are highest between the hours of 10 am to 4 pm. If you live in the U.S.A. you can check pollen counts here:  www.aaaai.org/nab.

9. Take your allergy medicine at least 30 minutes before going outside. Let your Doctor know if you are not getting relief.

10. Change your clothes when you come inside. If you can’t take a shower, at least put on clean clothes when you come inside. That way, you will keep most of the pollen in the laundry basket instead of on you. If pollen is not on you, you will not be transferring pollen to your furniture and carpet.

Well, did you find any helpful tips? I hope you learned some new ways to manage your spring allergies! Have a great week and feel free to write me at [email protected], I would love to answer your questions in a future column.

Be Well,

Pam

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Pamela is an RN, MSN/Ed.

Pamela is a mother of 6 amazing children ages 11 to 24. She is a nurse educator and loves to travel overseas to work in medical clinics and teach health-related topics to schools and communities. She has been married to her best friend, Steve, for 29 years. She has many different interests including reading, writing (NOT arithmetic!), baking, teaching, and spending time with her family. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband and two youngest daughters.

March 30, 2012

Fashion Friday: Sports Bras

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I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. I believe you need two things the knowledge of what looks good on you and the skill to find it for less. I encourage you to get rid of all the items in your closet that you do not wear. They cloud up your options to make really great outfits because you can’t see your clothes! If they are in good condition sell the at a consignment store or a place like Plato’s closet, or host a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a blast!

Amee

 I tried the three bras below. I took them to the gym. I dragged them through the laundry. Which one prevailed and which one didn’t pass the test. The good news is they all passed. I however required a Zumba intervention and didn’t pass the test.

Champion Double Dry Seamless Reversible Sports Bra

o    Ultra-soft two-ply fabric stretches for sleek compression and wicks moisture for constant cool

o    Main side has knit-in textural accents, designed to flatter your figure.

o    Reverse (contrasting) side provides knit-in strategic support.

o    Wide knit-in comfort band stays put without digging or rolling.

I took this one to Zumba. It was great I was able to shake and try to keep up with no problem. I would suggest buying this one in one size larger than your normal size.

 

 

Champion Double Dry Absolute Workout Sports Bra

o    Silky high-tech fabric wicks moisture to keep you dry.

o    Extra stretch provides sleek compression for Medium Motion Control

o    Double-layer design helps block embarrassing show-through.

o    Mesh panel at back adds cooling ventilation.

I took this one on a walk and then to yoga. It survived both. I wore it under a tank top but I didn’t make sure there wasn’t anything showing through. I hate that. It was great and I didn’t have to worry about anyone seeing my girl parts while in down dog.

 

Champion SHAPE T-Back Sports Bra

o   Fully constructed inner bra subtly enhances your curves, for a shapely natural look.

o   Full lining and bottom band wick moisture for cooling comfort.

o   Soft, durable fabric stretches for flawless fit.

o   Stay-put racer-back straps add support and allow free movement.

 

The last sports bra attended pump class. I liked this design most. I like the bra cups. I also liked the cut. I felt like a fitness queen which was not a good thing since I grabbed an extra five pounds on all my reps. It inspired me to lift more. It was wonderful until the next day because I was sore. I then put back on sports bra #1 and went to yoga.

I love the Champion bras if you if you need a sports bra recommendation, we also have a sports bra guru standing by to answer your questions on the Champion Facebook Fan Page (LaJean Lawson, the originator of the sports bra)!

WIN one HERE

March 24, 2012

Ask a Nurse: Make Your Plate

Pamela is an RN, MSN/Ed.

Pamela is a mother of 6 amazing children ages 11 to 24. She is a nurse educator and loves to travel overseas to work in medical clinics and teach health-related topics to schools and communities. She has been married to her best friend, Steve, for 29 years. She has many different interests including reading, writing (NOT arithmetic!), baking, teaching, and spending time with her family. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband and two youngest daughters.

Make your plate…Great!

March is national nutrition month; let’s end it with a commitment to “get your plate in shape,” which is the theme this year. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics wants you to pause before each meal to make sure you’re eating the healthiest foods in the right amounts and in the right balance. Ask yourself these questions:

Is half or more of my plate fruits or vegetables?

Is no more than one-quarter of my plate grains, preferably whole grains?

Is the remaining quarter lean protein about the size of a deck of cards?

Some other suggestions are to switch to skim or 1% milk and to vary your protein choices by choosing seafood, beans, peas, and nuts as well as lean meats, poultry, and eggs.

These tips are based on the new “my plate” program that has replaced the food pyramid. It was felt that the food pyramid was confusing to many people. The “plate” system is simple; you divide a 9” dinner plate into these sections:

If you have diabetes or other dietary restrictions, the MyPlate system is easy to adapt to your needs. To increase your success, be sure to add adequate amounts of exercise throughout the week. Adults should aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes per week of activity that requires moderate effort (such as brisk walking or swimming laps). Children and teens should get 60 minutes or more each day. Studies have found that even doing 10 minutes at a time will reap benefits.

Try using the MyPlate system and tell me what you think! Email me at [email protected]

Be Well,
Pam

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March 23, 2012

Fashion Friday: How to get rid of a tail

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I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. I believe you need two things the knowledge of what looks good on you and the skill to find it for less. I encourage you to get rid of all the items in your closet that you do not wear. They cloud up your options to make really great outfits because you can’t see your clothes! If they are in good condition sell the at a consignment store or a place like Plato’s closet, or host a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a blast!

Amee

There are so many ways to solve having a tail. You no longer need to be afraid of a belt. I will show you how to fight against having a tail because wearing a belt reveal a slender waist!

What fashion crime do you want me to fight next week?

March 23, 2012

Fashion Friday:

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I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. I believe you need two things the knowledge of what looks good on you and the skill to find it for less. I encourage you to get rid of all the items in your closet that you do not wear. They cloud up your options to make really great outfits because you can’t see your clothes! If they are in good condition sell the at a consignment store or a place like Plato’s closet, or host a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a blast!

Amee

This episode of how to get rid of your tail features more fun and humor from yours truly. It is important to look good and not spend a lot to do so! Follow me for more of my fashion adventures where I spend less than $20 each week to look adorable!

March 17, 2012

Ask a Nurse: Got Sugar?

Ask a Nurse: Got Sugar?

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Pamela is an RN, MSN/Ed.

Pamela is a mother of 6 amazing children ages 11 to 24. She is a nurse educator and loves to travel overseas to work in medical clinics and teach health-related topics to schools and communities. She has been married to her best friend, Steve, for 29 years. She has many different interests including reading, writing (NOT arithmetic!), baking, teaching, and spending time with her family. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband and two youngest daughters.

Got Sugar?

What do you know about Diabetes, beside the recent news that Paula Deen has it? Here are some startling facts:

Diabetes affects 25.8 million people of all ages
8.3 percent of the U.S. population

DIAGNOSED
18.8 million people

UNDIAGNOSED
7.0 million people

  • Among U.S. residents ages 65 years and older, 10.9 million, or 26.9 percent, had diabetes in 2010.
  • About 215,000 people younger than 20 years had diabetes—type 1 or type 2—in the United States in 2010.
  • About 1.9 million people ages 20 years or older were newly diagnosed with diabetes in 2010 in the United States.
  • In 2005–2008, 35 percent of U.S. adults ages 20 years or older had prediabetes—50 percent of adults ages 65 years or older. Applying this percentage to the entire U.S. population in 2010 yields an estimated 79 million American adults ages 20 years or older with prediabetes.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, nontraumatic lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States.
  • Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke.
  • Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States (american diabetes association, 2012)

What are the symptoms of Diabetes?
People who think they might have Diabetes must visit a physician for diagnosis. They might have SOME or NONE of the following symptoms:

  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive thirst
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme hunger
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Tingling or numbness in hands or feet
  • Feeling very tired much of the time
  • Very dry skin
  • Sores that are slow to heal
  • More infections than usual.

Nausea, vomiting, or stomach pains may accompany some of these symptoms in the abrupt onset of insulin-dependent Diabetes, now called type 1 Diabetes.

What are the types of diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes accounts for about 5% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes accounts for about 90% to 95% of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that only pregnant women get. If not treated, it can cause problems for mothers and babies. Gestational diabetes develops in 2% to 10% of all pregnancies but usually disappears when a pregnancy is over.

What are the risk factors for diabetes?

Risk factors for type 2 Diabetes include older age, obesity, family history of Diabetes, prior history of gestational Diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance, physical inactivity, and race/ethnicity. African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, and some Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are at particularly high risk for type 2 Diabetes.

Risk factors are less well defined for type 1 diabetes than for type 2 Diabetes, but autoimmune, genetic, and environmental factors are involved in developing this type of Diabetes.

Gestational diabetes occurs more frequently in African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, and people with a family history of Diabetes than in other groups. Obesity is also associated with higher risk. Women who have had gestational Diabetes have a 35% to 60% chance of developing Diabetes in the next 10–20 years.

Other specific types of Diabetes, which may account for 1% to 5% of all diagnosed cases, result from specific genetic syndromes, surgery, drugs, malnutrition, infections, and other illnesses.

I, myself, had gestational Diabetes. My children were over 9 and 10 lbs except for my last child who weighed in at a very normal 7.9 lbs. When a baby is born to a mother with gestational Diabetes they often have trouble maintaining a normal blood sugar. Glucose water or very frequent feeding helps the first hours after birth. What can a person do to try to prevent getting Diabetes? I have comprised a list of the top ways to do your part in preventing Diabetes. Remember, some risk factors you cannot change, such as family history and race. Do your part on what you can change!

There is a lot of research on how to prevent Diabetes; these 5 tips seem to come up on every list:

  1. Exercise! Exercise can reduce your chance of developing type 2 Diabetes. Find something active that you like to do and it will be easier to keep up with it.  Make it a family activity and encourage each other.
  1. Keep at or get to a healthy weight. This alone will greatly reduce your chance of developing Diabetes. Start by focusing on eating smaller portions and increasing your activity levels.
  1. Eat a diet rich in mono and polyunsaturated fats.  These types of fats are found in canola oil, olive oil and fats from nuts, avocados and seeds.
  1. Eat more plant based foods.  Eating a diet focused on whole grains and vegetables will fill you up and help reduce your risk of Diabetes.
  1. Stay away from sugary drinks and refined carbohydrates. White bread, white rice, cookies, sodas and white potatoes all cause your blood sugar to spike. Eating a diet based on these can greatly increase your risk of developing type 2 Diabetes.

That’s it! These 5 simple tips can drastically reduce your chance of developing type 2 Diabetes. If you have trouble getting started you can ask your family doctor for help. It also may help to share your goals with your friends and/or family. Using the buddy system or working as a family can help you stay on track.

Simple? Well, if it were that simple none of us would have trouble staying on our diet and exercise plans. Unfortunately, it takes a LOT of will power and practice until these changes become a part of your lifestyle. Start out with small goals and add a new healthy habit each week.

Since March is National nutrition month, I will have a few more articles focusing on nutrition, send me your questions to [email protected]

Until next week-

Be well,

Pam

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