It is that time of year here in the Central Valley….allergy season. Seasonal allergies are the same as what used to be referred to as “hay fever”. At this time of the year in the greater Merced County region, there are lots of flowers making buds and trees blooming. In addition, the agricultural fields are getting prepared for planting and there is an abundance of pollen, dust, chemicals and other particles in the air. Grass is once again being cut and fertilized.
All of these factors can contribute to allergy symptoms, e.g. sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, red eyes, coughing and sometimes wheezing. What can you do to reduce exposure to allergy triggers?
Some experts advocate:
Ask The Doctor
Question: What is a normal blood pressure for an adult?
Answer: The adult human blood pressure is reported using numbers recorded when the blood pressure is checked. It is reported like a fraction with a top number (systolic pressure) and a bottom number (diastolic pressure).
Please see the general guideline chart below. In order to obtain the diagnosis of hypertension, the blood pressure needs to be checked using proper sized equipment and preferably by a trained healthcare professional, on at least three separate occasions, at least one week apart.
Top number Bottom Number Your Category What to do †
(systolic)in mm Hg (diastolic) in mm Hg
Below 120 and Below 80 Normal Blood pressure Maintain or adopt a health lifestyle.
Between 120-139 Between 80-89 Prehypertension Maintain or adopt a health lifestyle.
Between 140-159 Between 90-99 Stage 1 hypertension Maintain or adopt a healthy lifestyle.
If your blood pressure goal isn't reached in about a month, talk to your doctor about taking one or more medications.
160 or higher 100 or higher Stage 2 hypertension Maintain or adopt a healthy lifestyle. Talk to your doctor about taking more than one medication.
†Note: These recommendations address high blood pressure as a single health condition. If you also have heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease or certain other conditions, you may need to treat your blood pressure more aggressively.
Mayo Clinic Staff Feb. 21, 2015
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Dr. Donald T.J. Godbold, M.D., M.S., M.B.A. and Effie Godbold, R.N., B.S.N., L.E.
Disclaimer: “This newsletter does not constitute nor is to be construed as providing medical advice. It is not a substitute for actual medical treatment. Please consult your own medical doctor for on-going medical care.”
Donald Godbold, M.D., M.S., M.B.A. is a Board Certified Emergency Physician
Effie Godbold, R.N., B.S.N., L.E. has been in the healthcare field for over 25 years. She started her health care journey as s a volunteer in one of the busiest Chicago trauma centers, to become a Registered Nurse and advance into nursing administration. For the past 10 years, Effie has concentrated in the field of aesthetic/cosmetic nursing. She is a licensed aesthetician. Her Mantra: "Look your Best - Feel your Best".
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