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Spring 2012


Botsford HealthSource Magazine

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Grow an Allergy-Friendly Garden This Spring


Alternative to Allergy Shots

With sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), an
allergen solution is given under the tongue.
This treatment method is commonly used
in Europe and endorsed by the World
Health OrganIzation. Interested? To find a
doctor that offers SLIT, call 1-877-477-Doc1
(3621). Insurance coverage can vary, so be
sure to check with your insurer.

They say you reap what you sow—and when it comes to gardening with allergies, that old saying couldn’t be truer. If you’re one of the estimated 40 million Americans with hay fever, the grasses, trees and flowers in your yard can aggravate symptoms. But planting the right seeds, shrubs and saplings this spring can help you have fewer symptoms all season long.

Uproot These Grasses and Trees
Seasonal allergies occur when your body treats pollen in the air as an unwelcome invader. This overreaction can cause congestion, sneezing, a red nose, a scratchy throat and itchy, watery eyes. Some greenery can make allergy symptoms sprout more than others. Aim to keep these irritating offenders off your property:

Raise These Fruits and Flowers Instead
Having allergies doesn’t mean you’re stuck landscaping with gravel and concrete. These buds and blooms will beautify your yard with less chance of giving you the sniffles.

Hedge Your Bets with These Habits
Gardening is good exercise, produces nutritious fruits and vegetables, and helps beautify your community. In short, it’s worth the effort, even with allergies. To increase your comfort, however, follow these tips when tending to your plot:

Now get growing!


 

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