Waitaki Herald : August 20th 2014
ADVERTISING FEATURE WAITAKI HERALD, AUGUST 20, 2014 RTISING FEATURE WAITAKI HERALD, AUGUST 20, 2014 6246 6246 62468 62468246890AA 624689 24689 A 6890AA 246890AA Health and Beauty Health and Beauty pring is nearly here and the cold, dark days of winter are giving way to warmer weather, blossoming flowers and the promise of sun-filled days. But for many of us, spring also infection, and for those who also have red, itchy eyes, there is the risk of developing infective conjunctivitis due to frequent rubbing. Persistent symptoms and poor heralds the onset of something much less pleasant – itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, runny noses and unrelenting sinus pain. Hayfever is the common name to describe allergic rhinitis and involves a recurrent runny, stuffy, itchy nose, and frequent sneezing. It can also affect your eyes, sinuses, throat and ears. Like any other allergy, allergic rhinitis is an inappropriate immune system response to an allergen – most commonly house dust mite, pet, pollen and mould. The allergen comes into contact with the sensitive, moist lining in your nose and sinuses and sets off the allergic response. Hayfever is often considered a nuisance rather than amajor disease and most people will self-treat. However, recent studies have revealed that hayfever has a huge impact on quality of life. What is the impact? About 20 per cent of the general population suffers from rhinitis. Of these people, about one-third develops problems before the age of 10. The overall burden of allergic rhinitis is better understood when you consider that 50 per cent of patients experience symptoms for more than four months per year and that 20 per cent have symptoms for at least nine months per year. Those affected by hayfever suffer more frequent and prolonged sinus quality sleep can result in lethargy, poor concentration and behavioural changes and impact on learning in young children. Allergic rhinitis may predispose people to obstructive sleep apnoea, due to the upper airways collapsing during sleep. This results in reduced airflow, a drop in oxygen levels and disturbed sleep. Patients with allergic rhinitis also suffer from more frequent and prolonged respiratory infections, and asthma has been shown to be more difficult to control unless allergic rhinitis is also managed. What are the symptoms? Symptoms of allergic rhinitis can be any combination of itching in the back of the throat, eyes or nose, sneezing, runny eyes or nose, and blocked nose. A person may have any or all of the following: ❚ watery discharge from the nose all the time, ❚ occasionally or during certain seasons of the year ❚ stuffy nose all the time or during specific seasons ❚ ❚ reddened, pebbly lining in the lower eyelids ❚ frequent throat-clearing ❚ breathing through the mouth ❚ snoring ❚ bouts of sneezing, especially in the morning ❚ repeated nosebleeds ❚ headaches because of pressure WAITAKI REC CENTRE - MUCH MORE THAN JUST A GYM Spring! Well, the weather is certainly bouncing around all over the place, but now is the time to look to getting in shape for the new season. The Waitaki Community Recreation Centre can offer you some great opportunities, whatever level you are starting at. You could hook into one of their many classes, led by experienced instructors who ensure you are working out safely and effectively, or you could join their 6 week fitness challenge – designed to take you to the next level, whatever your baseline. You can hit hard with the high intensity Turbo programme – just 30 minutes three times a week, great if you are short of time! Or try our early morning spin bike classes to blow the winter cobwebs away. The Centre provides great support for parents, with a crèche available 6 mornings per week, and new extended hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Rec Centre is also a passionate supporter of the Sport Waitaki annual Rainbow Run, a fabulous ‘colour run’ event for families and individuals, and the Centre is launching their new ‘Couch to Rainbow’ programme – taking you from walking to running 5km in 6 weeks, just in time for the Rainbow Run in October. So, if you’d love to be able to walk, jog, run those colour stations with your kids / friends / grandparents / neighbours, then they have the programme for you! The team at the Rec Centre has a reputation for their supportive, caring and personable approach – as one client recently attested - “once you’re there you won’t look back”. Hard to define: InNewZealand the different seasonsfor pollen, weeds and grasses are not very distinct andvarythroughout the country so the hay fever season is not well defined. from inside the nose frequent earaches, fullness in the ear, ear infections or hearing loss ❚ dizziness or nausea related to ear problems ❚ chronic cold without much fever ❚ nasal voice because of blocked nasal passages ❚ dark circles under the eyes as a result of pressure from blocked nasal passages on the small blood vessels. Also known as ‘‘allergic shiners’’. What is the link between allergic rhinitis and asthma? Allergic rhinitis has been found to be an extremely common trigger for asthma in both children and adults. Allergic rhinitis can also exacerbate asthma, and it can make the diagnosis of asthma more difficult. About 80 per cent of people with asthma suffer from allergic rhinitis, ➤HOWIS ALLERGIC RHINITIS TREATED? It is useful to identify your triggersandtryand avoid them. This can be difficult. Pets: Make sure you keep your pet outside and never let it in the bedroom.It is never easy trying to decide on a new homefor a pet, but in some cases thismight be the best option. Dustmites: House dustmite reductionmeasures includemite-proof covers for themattress, duvet and pillows. Removing items that collect dust from the bedroomwill help. Pollen: It is difficult to avoid pollen. However you can avoid going outside when pollen counts are high, egmornings, windy days and after a thunderstorm. Medication: Therearea number ofmedications available to help relieve symptomsandmanycan be used aloneor in combination with other medications to offer amorecomplete relief system. See your GP formore specific information. Desensitisation,or immunotherapy, is used to ‘‘turn off’’ the abnormal response of the immune systemto an allergen ifmedication does not work. 15 ADVERTISING FEATURE Tis the Season ... for allergies S and about one in four with allergic rhinitis has asthma. There is now very good evidence to support the idea that asthmatics who look after their upper airways will need less asthmamedication and fewer hospital or GP visits. When treating both asthma and allergic rhinitis, the first step is to find out the cause of your problem. Once the causes have been identified, management regimes can be put into place to minimise the impact of the allergy, and this then reduces the need for medication. What causes allergic rhinitis? The most common triggers for people with allergic rhinitis are pollen, dust mite, pet and mould allergens. Seasonal allergic rhinitis (hayfever) is usually triggered by wind-borne pollen from trees, grass and weeds. Early spring symptoms point to tree pollen, while nasal allergy in late spring and summer indicates that grass and weed pollens are the culprits. And overlapping the grass season is the weed pollen season, which usually starts in late spring and extends through to the end of summer. When does allergic rhinitis develop? Allergic rhinitis typically develops in childhood. It is part of what we call the Allergic March, where children first develop eczema in infancy, sometimes followed by food allergy, and then go on to develop allergic rhinitis and then asthma. It is not unusual to develop hay- fever during adulthood. For more information see allergy.org.nz. Acupuncture with Rick Colds and ‘flus haven’t changed much since the Shang Han Lun, or Treatise on Cold Damage, was published in the 3rd century AD, listing patterns and methods of treatment including acupuncture point recipes used to this day. For lingering colds or ‘flus, acupuncture can resolve phlegm, clear heat and stop persistent coughs, even if the problem has been driven deeper by antibiotics or locked in by codeine. Acupuncture can help with sinusitis and seasonal hayfever and with stubborn respiratory disorders such as breathlessness and bronchitis. • Styles • Cuts • Colours • Treatments • Weddings • Perms • Straightening SUPER SPECIAL SAVINGS 10 - 15 Colour Foils JUST $45.00 - with $5.00 from each colour going to the Cancer Society. 7 Crook St Maheno 6246901AA 03 4395 054 or 021 1700 348 6244088AA CLINIC DAYS NOW Monday to Friday Please phone Health 2000 for appointments on 434 9663 6244079AA Diploma Acupuncture & Therapeutic Massage N.Z.R.A. registered , A.C.C. provider Asthma sufferers often report increased energy levels and reduced dependence on inhalers following acupuncture treatment.
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