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Does allergy season have you in tears? Are you itching to find some relief? Fortunately, relief can be found simply by making some changes in and out of the house. Commonly called hay fever, allergic rhinitis, can be managed by making a few simple lifestyle changes. In addition to these changes, you can also try some of the OTC (over the counter) medications available. If symptoms still persist after these changes, it may be time to consult your medical provider.

Here are some changes that just may make your day a little less irritating:

  • First, you need to figure out what is triggering your symptoms. Some common allergens are pollen, mold, and ragweed. Year-round allergy sufferers are most likely to have issues with indoor allergens, such as pet dander, dust mites, and household mold. If you are unsure as to what the specific allergen is, then you can consult your physician and arrange to have a simple blood test to determine the allergen.
  • For those with seasonal allergies, your best bet may be to stay indoors when the pollen levels are reported as being high. Typically, dry and windy days are the worst. You can get this rating by watching your local news, from the radio, or by going online to pollen.com.
  • Keeping all your windows and doors shut, and turning on your air conditioner can help relieve symptoms. Also, make sure that you change your air filter as needed. A dirty air filter will only circulate more allergens throughout your home.
  • Do you have indoor plants? These also could be the culprit. Many indoor plants are found to have mold spores on their leaves which can become airborne, and they then become a part of the household dust.  The most common offenders are ficus, ivy, yucca, and palm trees.
  • When in your car be sure to have the air conditioner set to recycle mode, and not set to vent. This is because mold can grow on your A/C system. Some of your newer model cars comes with filtration systems.
  • Arranging to have someone else do your yard work can also help. If that is not an option for you, an alternative would be to wear a mask. N95 masks are heavy duty and can be found at hardware stores.
  • Washing the allergens off of yourself can also give you some relief. Take a shower after doing yard work, or after a high pollen count day. Wearing wraparound sunglasses can keep allergens out of your eyes. Also, do not line-dry your clothes.
  • Do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke. Smoking can lower your sensitivity to allergens.
  • Allergic rhinitis has been linked to alcohol use, especially with heavy intake. Alcohol consumption has also been known to worsen nasal symptoms.

Edmonds Family Medicine Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Edmonds Family Medicine has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.

“At Edmonds Family Medicine we strive to empower people to lead healthier lives. Having terrific access to caring physicians is a big part of our service success as we meet one-on-one with patients to discuss how they can optimize their health.”

“Only about 5 percent of the healthcare companies in Edmonds/Snohomish have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2015 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

Edmonds Family Medicine Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service Edmonds Family Medicine has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.

“At Edmonds Family Medicine we strive to empower people to lead healthier lives. Having terrific access to caring physicians is a big part of our service success as we meet one-on-one with patients to discuss how they can optimize their health.”

“Only about 5 percent of the healthcare companies in Edmonds/Snohomish County have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.” Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines. Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

 

### Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between nearly 3 million consumers nationwide and its collection of highly-rated service providers in 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of authentic reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers, and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

Edmonds Family Medicine would like to share this presentation from the Washington Healthcare Forum which discusses Advance Care Planning and decisions regarding end-of-life healthcare.  It is important to determine who will speak for you if you are unable to speak for yourself regarding those decisions.  The presentation poses some questions and examples to help you think about how you would like your end-of-life care to proceed, and ways to structure conversations with your family so they understand your choices.  It will review how Americans say they want to be treated near the end of their lives versus what actually occurs.  The presentation also outlines life sustaining treatments and describes the pros and cons of each.  Finally, it shows you some of the tools that can help document your choices for end-of-life care.

We hope this presentation will help you have productive conversations with your loved ones and to establish an Advance Care Plan of your own.

Please contact us with any additional questions and we will be happy to help you.

You can download the PDF formatted presentation with the link below:

http://www.edmonds…YourLifeYourWishes.pdf

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