Spring is here—the beautiful time of year when flowers bloom and allergies emerge for their seasonal attack. Runny noses, congestion, sneeze after sneeze after sneeze, itchy eyes, itchy noses and itchy throats all tell those who suffer from seasonal allergies just what time of year it is, without even a glance at the calendar. As you enter into the springtime battle of perfect weather and impossible symptoms, here are some seasonal allergy tips to help you in your fight.
- Ditch ‘Em at the Door. When you arrive home, leave your shoes by the door in order to avoid dragging allergens everywhere you walk inside. Also be sure to make a quick change from the clothes you wore outside which are likely covered in pollen as well.
- Clean Hair, Clean Air. Showering off and scrubbing your hair before you go to bed each evening will be a huge help. Washing your hair will get rid of any excess allergens that got stuck in your hair throughout the day, and more importantly will keep those allergens off your pillow. Pollen collecting on your pillow is straight shot towards a stuffy nose in the morning.
- Closed-Window Policy. While it’s wonderful and relaxing to leave doors and windows open on sunny and 75 degree days, this might be a luxury the allergy-prone should abstain from. The less pollen and allergens that make their way into your house, the better.
- Wind is Not Your Friend. Wind may not be your friend, but the weather forecast is. Stay up to date with the weather each day, and avoid spending time outdoors on dry, windy days. The aftermath of a rainy day is your best bet for spending time outside because a great deal of pollen will have been cleared from the air.
- Let’s Talk Strategy. As previously mentioned, weather forecasts are immensely helpful, especially the pollen count forecasts and current pollen levels. Strategically plan outdoor outings during the late afternoon or evening when pollen counts are not as high. It’s also important to strategically avoid yard work or other outdoor physical activity that could potentially fire up your allergies during this time of year. If these activities are unavoidable then consider wearing a filter mask during your time outside.
- Ease and Relieve. Head to your local drugstore and try out a few new symptom relievers if your go-to meds aren’t doing the trick this year. Speaking of tricks, gargling salt water once or twice a day during allergy season is also a great way to help ease your congestion or scratchy throat.
Don’t let seasonal allergies keep you from enjoying spring!
Rockwall Urgent Care will start an initiative in 2019 to honor veterans and active duty personnel and first responders (police, firefighters and paramedics) who have ties to Rockwall, Texas.
Several of the employees at Rockwall Urgent Care have military backgrounds and the clinic works with first responders on a regular basis, so Rockwall Urgent Care appreciates the commitment and sacrifice these professionals make each day. The goal is to spotlight these members of our community and acknowledge their service.
How to Participate:
We ask that residents and businesses nominate relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers who fit this category. Please contact Rockwall Urgent Care by email at email@example.com and you will be sent a short questionnaire to complete. Along with the questionnaire, please send a 4 x 6 photo (electronic is fine) of your nominee.
The marketing department will contact the nominees in advance of publicizing them (on our Facebook page and in our newsletter) as the Veteran of the Month or First Responder of the Month.
Rockwall Urgent Care’s Wall of Heroes will begin in March of 2019.
Rockwall Urgent Care is a state-of-the art urgent care clinic located on Ralph Hall Parkway in Rockwall, Texas. Locally owned and operated, Rockwall Urgent Care is open seven (7) days a week and capable of handling minor emergencies ranging from a sore throat to a broken ankle. Pediatric, adult and senior patients all welcome and most insurances accepted.
Want to stay healthy this fall and winter? Our clinics are offering flu vaccines for only $25.00. Please see your pediatrician for ages 6 months – 8 years, we are offering the flu vaccine for ages 8yrs and up at all our locations (Rockwall Urgent Care, Royse City Urgent Care, and Plano Urgent Care). No appointment is ever needed; just stop by any three of our clinics. Clinic Manager, Khristina Pierce, NRMA, NCT said, “We recommend that every patient above six months of age should get an annual flu vaccine. But we strongly suggest that those patients who are at high risk of serious complications from the flu get vaccinated as soon as possible.”
Influenza ranks high on the list of infectious diseases, and it’s doubly threatening because it spreads so quickly. Many people don’t realize the serious complications that can accompany the flu, sometimes even death. But the annual flu vaccine helps reduce the chances that you’ll succumb to seasonal flu.
Keep in mind that the flu antibodies take about two weeks to take effect in your body. After that, you’re less susceptible because those antibodies provide protection against the strains of flu expected for that season.
Rockwall Urgent Care is located at 810 E. Ralph Hall Parkway and is open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. weekdays, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Royse City Urgent Care is located at 576 Interstate Hwy 30 and is open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. weekdays, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Plano Urgent Care is located at 901 W. 15th Street and is open 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. weekdays, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, visit us online at www.rockwalluc.com.
Camp Sweeney is one of few camps in the country designed specifically for kids with diabetes. The only requirement to attend is that a camper has diabetes or is at risk of developing diabetes.
Camp Sweeney is built upon four ideals that campers and staff alike strive to achieve: Normalization, Self Confidence, Self-Esteem and Friendship & Service
Camp Sweeney has served more than 30,000 campers since 1950. Many entered Camp Sweeney at age 5 and attended every summer through age 18. Some have returned as counselors. And some are even sending their own kids to Camp Sweeney.
Help Support the Heritage Farmstead summer programs and camps by liking our Facebook page. Each like will donate $2 to Heritage Farmstead for the month of June. The Mission of the Heritage Farmstead Museum is to collect, preserve and interpret late 19th and early 20th century black land prairie history while making appropriate use of the authentically restored Farrell-Wilson Farmstead, a designated historic site.
Description of programs offered at Heritage Farmstead: Education Programs IMAGINE the year 1891 as you approach the new home of Hunter and Mary Alice Farrell. The home welcomes you with brilliant color, seven different shades to be exact. The Victorian architecture expresses a desire to IMPRESS, as this home was a gift to the bride to be of Mr. Hunter Farrell. Do you think that Hunter had any idea that the house would stand for over 100 years and WELCOME over 20,000 visitors each year? Indeed it has become a living history museum to teach generations what it was like to live on a farm at the turn of the century.
Plano Urgent Care, a locally owned and operated urgent care clinic Backs the Blue. During the months of August and September, 2016, Plano Urgent Care committed to donating $1 for every school physical completed to the Plano Police Association. The total amount of physicals completed during this time was 548 resulting in a $548 donation.
“It is important to serve our community in more ways than just providing exceptional healthcare. We want to connect with our community; the businesses, the members and families and our service providers,” said Khristina Pierce, Plano Urgent Care Clinic Manager.
Plano Urgent Care is open seven days a week and provides urgent care to the Plano residents and surrounding areas. Located onsite is a state-of-the-art digital x-ray, lab and private procedure room. Plano Urgent Care is capable of treating non-life threatening illnesses and injuries for both pediatric and adult patients. Some common reasons to visit Plano Urgent Care would be for the treatment of the flu, common cold, stomach virus, burns or cuts and broken bones.
For more information about Plano Urgent Care please visit planouc.com or call us directly at 469-443-0275. Plano Urgent Care’s physical address is 901 W. 15th Street.
Spring is in the air…and unfortunately so is pollen, dust, mold, cedar and other respiratory irritants. Allergic rhinitis is the technical term for allergy flare ups and it can be both and intermittent or a year-round problem. Most people have some type of allergic response to at least a few things, but this time of the year is notorious for wreaking havoc for millions of allergy sufferers.
Unfortunately, we can’t get past a single summer season without hearing of some senseless and avoidable tragedy that happened on our local lakes or pools. These injuries, whether mild or even fatal, can often be avoided with just a little planning, preparation, and increased awareness.
Make sure you and your children are under constant supervision and are wearing Coast Guard approved flotation devices regardless of individual experience levels. Minor injuries can escalate rapidly when water and other boats are around.