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By Dr. Andrew Parker
December 21, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: seasonal illness  

In addition to bringing colder weather, the winter season often means people are more likely to get sick. The chilly winter healthweather can make the immune system more vulnerable to illness. That’s why it is so important to take extra steps to keep yourself healthy during the cold winter season. There are many steps you can take on your own to stay healthy, but be sure to visit your Norwalk and New Canaan, CT specialist if you develop an infection in the ears, nose or throat. At Parker Ear, Nose and Throat, Dr. Andrew J. Parker is your ear, nose and throat doctor.

Tips for Staying Healthy in Winter

When facing cold winter weather in Norwalk and New Canaan ear nose and throat health is vital. Many of the things you might do any time of year to stay healthy are especially important in winter when sick germs seem to be everywhere. At home, regularly clean and wipe down surfaces to prevent the spread of germs. This includes counter tops, remote controls and children’s toys, for instance. You can do the same at your place of work. Regularly wipe down your desk, computer, cash register and other surfaces that are frequently touched to kill germs.

Other tips for staying healthy in winter include washing your hands regularly, keeping your head and ears covered and warm when outside and minimizing contact with individuals who are sick until after they recover. Maintaining a healthy diet that includes a variety of fruits and vegetables will also help you to remain healthy. Be sure to drink plenty of water or other fluids to keep yourself hydrated. You can also keep yourself healthy this winter by exercising to promote better circulation and by getting seven or eight hours of sleep at night.

There are many steps you can take to keep yourself healthy this winter season. See a doctor at the first signs of illness, particularly if you are experiencing problems in the ears, nose or throat. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Parker, your Norwalk and New Canaan, CT,ear nose and throat specialist, contact Parker Ear, Nose & Throat by calling (203) 866-8121.

By Dr. Andrew Parker
December 08, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: Allergies  

Allergies can cause unpleasant symptoms year-round. Dr. Andrew Parker, your Westport, Norwalk and New allergiesCanaan, CT, ear, nose and throat doctor, explains what causes winter flare-ups and what you can do to treat them.

How can I have allergies if it's winter?

Grasses, trees, pollens and other allergens are responsible for many allergies, but they're not the only substances that cause allergy symptoms. Pet dander, dust mites and mold also cause problems for allergy sufferers. Since most of us spend a lot more time indoors during the winter, these allergens can cause flare-ups during the colder months of the year.

Every time your furnace turns on, it probably stirs up a fine mist of dust and mold spores, which eventually drift into your nose, triggering your symptoms. Although you're probably happy to spend more time indoors with your pets during the winter months, exposure to certain proteins found in animal dander, urine and saliva can cause sneezing, congestion and other unpleasant symptoms.

What are winter allergy symptoms?

If you have a winter allergy flare-up, you may experience:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Congestion
  • Runny Nose
  • Red or itchy eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Dark circles under your eyes

How can I relieve my allergy symptoms in Westport, Norwalk and New Canaan?

Removing mold from your home is an important step. Mold can grow on shower curtains, carpeting, walls, ceilings and floors. If mold is a problem in your home, throw out or clean moldy objects. Cleaning should be ideally performed by someone else in your home to prevent worsening of your allergies.

Dehumidifiers reduce mold, while HEPA air filters can help remove dust in your home. Many of us couldn't imagine life without our furry friends, even though they trigger allergy symptoms. Bathing your pet weekly and keeping it out of your bedroom can help reduce your symptoms.

Over-the-counter antihistamines and decongestants can be helpful, but sometimes those products just don't do enough to relieve your symptoms. If you're tired of feeling miserable, your ENT can offer prescription-strength medications that will help you feel better. He may also recommend immunotherapy. The therapy, available in shot or pill from, reduces your symptoms by gradually increasing your exposure to allergens.

Do you suffer from winter allergies? Call Dr. Parker, your Westport, Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, ear, nose and throat doctor, at (203) 866-8121 to schedule your appointment.

By Dr. Andrew Parker
December 06, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: Ear Infection  
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