MemorialCare Nurse
Christina Williams, FNP-C
Board Certified Nurse Practitioner
MemorialCare HealthExpress

I’ve suffered from seasonal allergies most of my adult life. I’ve often heard that allergies only last until the end of Spring. Is it unusual for my symptoms to persist well into the Summer months?

Answer: Many allergic triggers like pollens from trees, grasses, or weeds or mold spores that make you miserable now can persist into Summer. Add heat, humidity, and air pollution into the mix, and you have the recipe for Summer allergies.

Combat your seasonal allergies with one or more of the following treatments:

  • Nose Rinse: a nasal rinse with a saline solution can help relieve and reduce nasal symptoms
  • Antihistamines: medicines that help reduce itching, sneezing and a runny nose.
  • Decongestants: medicines that help reduce a stuffy nose. People with certain health conditions, such as high blood pressure, should not take decongestants.
  • Steroid Nasal Spray: may be prescribed by your health care provider to help reduce nasal swelling.
  • Control Your Environment: check the pollen count before doing outdoor activities like gardening or mowing the lawn.

I’ve recently heard of something called swimmer’s ear. How is this different from you typical ear infection and how can I protect my five-year-old son from it?
Answer: Swimmer’s ear is typically a bacterial infection of the skin covering the outer ear and ear canal which is a passageway to the ear drum. Ear pain is the most common sign of swimmer’s ear. You may also experience itchy ears, inflammation which may make it difficult to hear, some drainage and a feeling of fullness in the ear. This is different from a regular ear infection which usually occurs in the middle ear when a child gets a cold. Swimmer’s ear may develop from excessive water exposure from swimming or other water sports. It could even occur if sand, dirt or other debris gets into the ear canal. If your healthcare provider thinks you have swimmer’s ear, they will probably prescribe antibiotic ear drops to help eliminate the infection. They will also recommend steps you can take to protect yourself and even suggest some home treatments.

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