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Fall Allergy Season

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Fall Allergy Season

Forecasters expect Fall 2020 to be yet another above-average year for allergies,  if not the worst ever. If you’re concerned about telling allergies apart from Covid-19, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (AAAAI) has put together a chart comparing their symptoms, as well as signs of the common cold and influenza. Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system’s natural response to help fight infection. The trick is to get ahead of the allergy reaction and cut it off at the pass. Allergic reactions can trigger sneezing, wheezing, mucus, coughing, itching and hives. Allergies are not only irritating,...

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Jane's Blog Allergies or COVID-19

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Jane's Blog Allergies or COVID-19

More people than ever before say they are suffering from allergies, particularly seasonal. In fact, over 67 million Americans suffer from allergy symptoms, including hay fever. Experts say the mild winter and early spring could mean higher-than-average pollen counts.  Those with allergies will face a rougher go than in years’ past.  This year is an even bigger challenge as many people are concerned if their symptoms are due to allergies or the COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease 2019). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 symptoms include shortness of breath, cough, and a fever. Dr. Aaron Kobernick,...

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Jane's Blog Bye Bye Dry Eyes

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Jane's Blog Bye Bye Dry Eyes

Dry eye is one of the most common conditions diagnosed by eye doctors, and is characterized by inflammation of the mucous membranes of the eye and dryness of the eye's corneal surface. This can happen when the eye doesn't produce enough tears to keep its exposed surface moist. If the cornea dries out, it can ulcerate (break down and become scratched), giving bacteria, viruses, and other harmful organisms tiny hiding places in which to multiply. There are also good bacteria that support eye health. Only recently have scientists concluded that the eye does, indeed, harbor a "core" microbiome. In 2016...

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