They’re back. Seasonal allergies, and soon the flu.
A lot of people are coming in for their dental appointment and report having a cold for a couple weeks, sore throat, headaches, and feeling run down – with the higher pollen counts (click here for your local pollen count), it’s is most likely you have seasonal allergy symptoms.
The Seasonal Flu Vaccine
And … it’s time again to think about getting a flu shot, which is generally offered between September and mid-November – typically before the late-fall to early-winter start of flu season. It takes up to two weeks to build immunity after a flu shot.
- A seasonal vaccine is distributed routinely every year.
- While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine typically protects against the three viruses that research suggests will be most common.
- Everyone 6 months of age and older should get vaccinated against the flu as soon as the 2013-2014 season vaccine is available.
- People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
- Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
- Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to high risk people.
- Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for them should be vaccinated instead.
Did you know: allergies caused by pollen can make your teeth hurt?
Those beautiful blossoms coming out now can be a source of pain for your teeth: sinus problems that are worsened with the onset of pollen season often show up as tooth pain.
Allergic rhinitis involves inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose, eyes, eustachian tubes, middle ear, sinuses, and throat (pharynx), and is characterized by symptoms that consist of any combination of the following: sneezing, itching (of nose, eyes, ears, palate), runny nose (rhinorrhea), postnasal drip, congestion, dental pain (upper back teeth, and even lower back teeth), inability to perceive odors (anosmia), headache, earache, tearing, red eyes, eye swelling, fatigue, drowsiness, and malaise. Allergic rhinitis is the most common cause of rhinitis. It is an extremely common condition, affecting approximately 20% of the population.
A common sign associated with allergic rhinitis is “allergic shiners”, dark circles around the eyes (related to vasodilation or nasal congestion).