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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 ski

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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