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Springtime Allergies in Canada

April 25, 2018

Here’s what you need to know about springtime allergies in Canada:

Your eyes are watery, your nose is itchy and you can’t stop sneezing – welcome to springtime allergy season. While spring ushers in the green leaves and warmer weather, for some people it means a months-long stretch of annoying symptoms. About 20 to 30 per cent of Canadians suffer from some kind of seasonal allergy. Springtime is easily the worst season when it comes to allergies. Which pollens are prevalent differs from province to province but the first seasonal allergy to pop up is tree pollen which could start as early as March. Sometimes, Canadians don’t even know they’re grappling with allergies. Instead, they think they’re dealing with a cold or feeling under the weather. It’s like having a bad cold that’s persistent. You don’t have a fever and aches but you feel congested and sneezy. It interferes with your sleep, concentration and performance, so in many ways it affects your quality of life.

What are the most common allergies in the spring?

Because temperatures vary across the country, allergy season will start at different times depending on how each province is fari

March 6, 2018

Do you ever feel like you just can’t get enough sleep?

Well you’re not alone.

Many people feel this way with roughly one-in-four men and one-in-nine women having a disorder known as sleep apnea which contributes to their tiredness. Sleep Apnea - Doctor's blog at Wyndham Medical Clinic in Guelph “Sleep apnea is a disorder where the muscles around a person’s airway over relax and close the airway while they sleep,” says Dr. Shapiro from Toronto Sleep and Alertness Clinics. “With the airway closed, a person essentially stops breathing for a short period of time.” Here are three indicators that you should speak with your family doctor about sleep apnea on your next visit:

Snoring

While not all snorers have sleep apnea, it’s a pretty good indicator that you are experiencing some sort of blockage in your airway while you sleep – generally, the loader the snore, the more likely you have sleep apnea. This is because snoring, coughing or snorting tends to be your body’s way of re-opening your airway when it closes.

High Risk Groups to Get Sleep Apnea

Like a lot of medical conditions, sleep apnea tends to be seen in certain groups a little more often. If you fall into on

January 30, 2018

Allergic rhinitis (aka Hay Fever) and an Upper Respiratory Infection (aka the common cold)

Allergic rhinitis (aka Hay Fever) and an Upper Respiratory Infection (aka the common cold) can have very similar symptoms that can make them difficult to distinguish from each other. How can one tell if his or her symptoms are from allergies or a respiratory infection?

The primary symptoms of allergic rhinitis can include any or all of the following: sneezing, itchy watery eyes, nasal congestion, sinus pressure, nasal discharge, postnasal drip, and cough. Symptoms from allergies tend to occur at specific times each year or when exposed to certain substances (dust, pollen, animal dander, etc.). Symptoms from allergies can last for weeks, months, or even year round in some cases. Symptoms from allergies typically do not include severe fatigue, body aches, or fever. Allergies can be prevented or treated in many ways. The most logical way is to avoid those things known to make your symptoms worse. Prescription and over-the-counter medications such as nasal steroids, oral antihistamines, or even nasal antihistamines can be helpful for prevention and treatment (depending on the medication). Specific skin or blood t

March 6, 2017

  Risks_form_smoking-smoking_can_damage_every_part_of_the_body.png   Did you know that the average smoker in Alberta spends $50 dollars a week on smoking? And the financial losses smokers suffer isn’t even the worst part.  Smoking has also been linked to high blood pressure, breathing troubles, stroke, heart attacks and cancer – all of which can greatly impact a person’s quality of life.   “Your family doctor can help you set goals and develop a plan to make it easy to quit smoking,” says Dr. Troy McKibbin of Pinnacle Medical Centres Okotoks location. “And if needed, they can even write you a prescription for medications specifically designed to improve your chances of quitting.”   Here are a few tips that will make quitting easy.   1- Nicotine Replacements   Nicotine is a very addictive drug that can be difficult to give up right away because it both stimulates the body and calms people’s sensations for the drug. Replacing cigarettes with one of the several options on the market – gum, patch, lozenge, nasal spray and inhaler – will help your body get its “fix” while you receive the drug in a less harmful way.   2– Hang Out With Non-Smokers  

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