In spring and summer, many reptiles come out of hiding to bask in the sunlight. This can cause concern (and potential risks) to people. During this time, you should take precautions and be aware of your surroundings to minimise the chance of encountering snakes.
Remember, snakes are an integral part of the natural environment and play an important role in wildlife ecosystems.
Do not befriend the wildlife as they can turn at any time. View them from afar and be aware of your surroundings.
Remember the months and seasons and when you get any allergies. It is always best to plan for these months.
1. Find your allergy triggers. Note all the details surrounding
your allergy flare-ups: where you are, what you’ve been doing,
what time of day and year it is. Then report them to your doctor, telling them exactly how the symptoms feel.
2. Change your environment. Ask your doctor how to minimize exposure to substances that prompt your flare-ups. Keeping pets out of certain rooms, covering your mattress, or running the air conditioner to filter out pollens are some commonly used and effective allergy countermeasures.
3. Ask about corticosteroid sprays. Low-dose prescription corticosteroid nasal sprays can be extremely effective for relieving chronic congestion with minimal side effects.
4. Get the latest treatment. Ask your doctor if they’re familiar with the state-of-the-art treatment guidelines of the Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters in Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. If they’re not, direct them to the website of the Joint Council of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology.
5. Be persistent. Go back to your family doctor if symptoms don’t improve. Or ask for a referral to an allergist.
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