Fredericksburg Parent

March 2019

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18 Fredericksburg Parent and Family • March 2019 Ask the Expert a sk t h e e x p e rt INTERVIEWED BY BRENDA SAPANGHILA Q: What makes Allergy Partners stand out? At Allergy Partners of Fredericksburg we strive for excellence in pa ent care by providing compassionate, comprehensive and cu ng-edge therapies for nasal and eye allergies, hives, chronic sinusi s, asthma, eczema, venom allergy, and food and drug allergies. We have four doctors and a nurse prac oner to get pa ents in quickly, as no one wants to wait to get relief from an itchy rash, asthma or allergies. Q: What steps can we take at home to prep for allergy season? There are many steps you can take at home to get ready for allergy season if you have suffered from pollen allergy in the past. First, star ng over-the-counter allergy medica ons a few weeks before pollen season can help them be more eff ec ve when the pollen counts get very high. This is not easy to predict, but some me in March is reasonable to start if you have spring allergies. Second, using your air condi oner and keeping the windows closed and changing the HVAC air fi lters can help you at home to avoid the pollen, at least when indoors. Third, using a saline nasal spray to rinse out the nasal passages a er outdoor ac vi es can reduce symp- toms. Another measure is wearing a mask over your mouth and nose when outdoors during high pollen count days. If this sounds like you though, then it is me to see an allergist and consider allergy shots. We're thrilled Dr. Posthumus from Allergy Partners of Fredericksburg is back as our March expert. With spring and pollen in the air, the timing couldn't be better. Let's get right down to it with facts, tips, and myth-busting you need to keep your histamines happy. "Starting over-the- counter allergy medications a few weeks before pollen season can help them be more e ective..." FREDERICKSBURG 511 Park Hill Dr. Fredericksburg, VA 22401 540-371-5660 MASSAPONAX 4710 Spotsylvania Pkwy Fredericksburg, VA 22407 540-322-4954 STAFFORD 12 PGA Dr., Suite 101 Stafford, VA 22554 540-288-0942 ALLERGY PARNTERS LOCATIONS

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