Nelson County Health System P O Box 367 McVille, ND 58254 701.322.4328
|The mission of Nelson County Health System is to enhance the
health status and quality of life for peoples and communities served.
Nelson County Health System's vision is to provide leadership, working in partnership with
others, to ensure continued access to a quality continuum of health care and related services.
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Spring cleaning might sound boring, but ridding your home, car, or office
of bacteria, mold, dust and other grime can keep you free of spring colds
and help you cope better with seasonal allergies.
Plus, all that window washing and floor sweeping burns some calories, too
-- about 85 for every 30 minutes of cleaning, to be exact.
For most of us spring is eagerly anticipated as we endure the last
remaining days of winter. But for others spring means the dreaded allergy
In the spring season new pollens are released into the atmosphere. Pollens
are tiny seeds released by grasses, trees and weeds. Allergy sufferers
have immune systems that recognize pollen as something foreign which
results in the production of antibodies. The antibodies then initiate a series
of events which ends with the release of histamines in to the blood.
Histamines cause your nose to become runny, eyes start to itch and
sinuses become congested. The more pollen in the air the more severe the
Some over the counter treatments that help include:
Antihistamines, decongestants, nasal spray decongestants and eye drops.
If your symptoms are severe see your doctor as you may need allergy
testing (RAST) to determine causes which may easily be avoided and to
determine which medications are best for you. There are some “natural”
remedies but remember that “natural” is not always safer. You may require
a prescription. If your symptoms are severe and they persist, seek the help
of your health provider.
It can be hard to come by vitamin-D-producing sunlight in the winter. A
lack of this important nutrient can put your bones at risk, hurt your
immunity and impair healthy muscle and nerve functioning. As you
spend more time outdoors in the spring, you can more easily soak up
what your body needs. Remember not to spend too much time in the
sun without protecting yourself with SPF.
Those golden rays may also help those suffering from seasonal
affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression most commonly
experienced during the dark and sometimes dreary fall and winter
months. Studies have shown that many people with SAD see their
symptoms improve when exposed to bright light, WebMD reported,
meaning springtime exposure can lead to sunnier dispositions!
Always speak with your doctor before making any changes to your diet or exercise regimen.