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Allergies and Gardening

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Allergy-Friendly Gardening

For many people with seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever), getting hands dirty in the garden has consequences. Sneezing, itchy eyes, congestion and other reactions can turn yard work into misery.

With a few simple precautions, allergies don't have to stand between you and your garden.

The best times of day to be outdoors are when the pollen levels are lower. This is typically on rainy, cloudy and windless days.

Avoid touching your eyes or face when doing yard work. You may also consider wearing a mask to reduce the amount of pollen spores that you breathe in. Leave gardening tools and clothing (such as gloves and shoes) outside to avoid bringing allergens indoors. Showering immediately after gardening may also help reduce symptoms.

Certain flowers, trees and grasses are better suited for the gardens of people with outdoor allergies.

These include:
•    Cactus
•    Cherry tree
•    Dahlia
•    Daisy
•    Geranium
•    Hibiscus
•    Iris
•    Magnolia
•    Roses
•    Snapdragon
•    Tulip

In general, highly-allergenic trees and grasses include:
•    Ash
•    Cedar
•    Cottonwood
•    Maple
&bbull;    Oak
•    Johnson grass
•    Rye grass
•    Timothy

The best way to determine which plants trigger your allergic reactions is through skin testing performed by an allergist / immunologist. An allergist can help you develop strategies to avoid troublesome plants and pollen and can prescribe medication to alleviate symptoms.

Source: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Patient Portal

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Did you know that Midwest ENT Centre now offers a Patient Portal?

The patient portal is a new and convenient way of communication between our health care providers and their patients. This is a secure online application which provides efficient communication and access to valuable health care information.

What can I do on this portal?

You can ask a question to our billing department, allergy department, hearing aid department, request a prescription renewal, and even pay your bill online through our secure patient portal.

Provide us with your email and we will send you an invite to join the portal. Create an account and once you're registered, you can enjoy these features 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Today’s Tidbit

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I hope everyone has settled in to the new year.  Many of you have made resolutions and are well on your way to achieving your goals. Some of us choose not to make any, but still strive to improve something about ourselves. I know  I am always looking for new and healthy  recipes to try.  Especially ones that are easy to make! The following recipe is a twist on a standard, but I really love tacos so I wanted to share it!  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Chicken Tacos

Ingredients :

4 whole wheat tortillas
1 lb. ground chicken  (can used cooked shredded chicken breast)
1 cup canned corn
½ cup black beans (rinsed and drained)
romaine lettuce
1 cup chopped tomatoes
Shredded cheese
Sour cream


Sauté the ground chicken until the meat is thoroughly cooked through.
Assemble the chicken, black beans, corn, tomatoes, lettuce into the whole wheat tortillas. Top with shredded cheese and a tsp. of sour cream. Enjoy!