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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