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FAQ: Your Gluten and Celiac Disease Questions Answered!

When it comes to gluten and celiac disease, many people have more questions than answers. Between fad diets, online supplements, and health claims that run the gamut from too-good-to-be-true to downright scary… how’s a person to know what to believe?

In an effort to better serve you, our patients, the gastroenterologists at Nashville’s St. Thomas Medical Group have put together this FAQ list covering the basics of celiac disease and gluten.

What is gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat and many grains, including rye and barley. Gluten is what gives dough its sticky texture. While most common in wheat, rye and barley, gluten is also present in many foods that you wouldn’t expect due to food processing techniques. Even whole (non-gluten) foods, such as oats, may contain enough gluten to trigger symptoms. This can occur from contact in growing fields or processing plants.

What is celiac disease?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease and genetic disorder that is triggered by gluten. In patients with celiac disease, the ingestion of gluten triggers an autoimmune response in the body’s digestive system, resulting in the destruction of villi, tiny finger-like projections within the small intestine. Villi increase surface area inside the small intestine, making it easier for the body to properly absorb food. Fortunately, the interior lining of the small intestine renews itself every few days, so the damage caused by celiac disease is not permanent.

Remember, it’s important to recognize celiac disease for what it is: an autoimmune disease. Celiac disease isn’t a food allergy or dietary choice.

How common is celiac disease?

The Center for Celiac Research and Treatment reports that one out of every 133 people in the United States are affected by celiac disease.

What are the symptoms of celiac disease?

Symptoms of celiac disease may include constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss, fatigue, and more. Altogether, there are approximately 300 known symptoms of celiac disease. Many symptoms are “extra-intestinal,” which is to say they occur in body systems beyond the digestive system. Some patients may experience arthritis, joint pain, dementia, and other symptoms. That being said… some individuals with celiac disease experience no symptoms at all.

How is celiac disease diagnosed?

The initial screening for celiac disease can be done with a simple blood test, which detects specific antibodies. If the blood test indicates the possibility of celiac disease, then your gastrointestinal specialist may order an intestinal biopsy. Biopsy is the only way to make an official diagnosis.

How is celiac disease treated?

While there is no cure for celiac disease, the goods news is that affected individuals can lead normal, healthy lives by following a gluten-free diet.

What can I eat if I have celiac disease? What foods should I avoid?

Individuals with celiac disease can eat any foods that do not contain gluten. Avoid any foods that contain wheat or wheat-derived flour. This includes bread, pasta, and cereals, as well as foods you might not expect to contain gluten: canned soup, ketchup and mustard, processed meats, ice cream, and yogurt. (Due to increased awareness of celiac disease, gluten-free options are now available for nearly every food.)

Is celiac disease a major health concern? Is it dangerous?

Yes, biopsy-diagnosed celiac disease is a major health concern. Left untreated, the effects can be life-threatening. Untreated celiac disease may increase risk for cancer, osteoporosis, pancreatic disease, malabsorption, hemorrhaging, and other serious health issues.

If you have celiac disease, talk to your doctor or gastrointestinal specialist about following a proper gluten-free diet.

Schedule An Appointment With a GI Specialist

For more information, visit the St. Thomas Medical Group Endoscopy Center (phone +1 (615) 301-7040) or Nashville Gastrointestinal Specialists (phone +1 (615) 383-0165).

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Concussion 101: Know the Signs & What to Do

As summer winds down and the school year starts up, so does the sports season. In fact, approximately three out of four US households with school-aged children have at least one child involved in organized sports, according to the Aspen Institute.

Playing youth sports offers a number of benefits. Children develop strength, coordination, confidence and social skills, all while learning important lessons about work ethic and being part of a team. But with those benefits comes risk… specifically, risk of concussion.

According to Brain Injury Research Institute, an estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States each year. During one four-year period, the Institute reported that six percent of all sports-related Emergency Department visits by children ages 5 to 18 involved concussion.

What Is Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that may occur when the head or body sustains an impact, causing the brain to move quickly in the skull. This quick and sudden shift can cause damage to brain cells and result in chemical imbalances.

The Signs of Concussion

Concussions may not always present obvious symptoms. It’s somewhat common for kids and teens who have experienced a concussion to say they just “don’t feel right.” Parents may notice their child:

  • Is forgetful or confused about what’s going on in the game.
  • Is slow to answer questions.
  • Moves clumsily.
  • Appears to be stunned.
  • Exhibits changes in personality, mood, or behavior.
  • Has trouble recalling events that occurred before the impact.

Of course, if your child loses consciousness – even briefly – then removal from play and concussion evaluation is strongly recommended.

Self-Reported Concussion Signs & Symptoms

We’ve discussed a few signs and symptoms that parents can observe. However, it’s also critical that your child knows the symptoms of concussion, so that they can be “on guard” and perhaps more likely to remove themselves from play should they experience a concussion and no one else notices. Self-reported symptoms include:

  • Headache or pressure in the head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance issues
  • Dizziness
  • Blurry or double vision
  • Troubled by noise or light
  • Feeling sluggish or in a haze
  • Feeling confused
  • Having trouble concentrating or remembering things
  • Feeling “down” or “off”

For more information, view a “Fact Sheet for Youth Sports Parents” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC Heads Up offers many additional resources for parents, players, coaches, and providers.

What to Do In the Event of a Concussion?

If you believe your child may have sustained a concussion, remove them from play immediately. Your child should take the rest of the day off and be seen by a healthcare provider for evaluation. Only after receiving a return-to-play clearance from a provider should your child get back to practice or gameplay. Don’t try to determine the severity of the injury on your own. Instead, defer to a licensed provider, as symptoms may not appear until hours or days after the trauma. Concussion can be a serious brain injury; you don’t want to rush the recovery process!

Concussion Law In Tennessee

In April 2013, Tennessee joined 43 other states in passing a sports concussion law designed to protect youth athletes and increase awareness of the risk of concussion and traumatic brain injury. According to Tennessee state law:

  • Youth athletes and parents must sign a concussion form before competing.
  • Coaches are required to immediately remove an athlete who appears to have suffered a concussion from play and practice.
  • Youth athletes who have sustained a concussion must be cleared by a licensed healthcare provider before returning to play or practice.

Learn more about the Concussion Law in Tennessee, and download policies, forms, and other documents here.

See a Family Doctor in Nashville for Concussion Evaluation

Are you concerned that your child may have experienced a concussion? Do you need a post-concussion evaluation or return-to-play clearance? Schedule an appointment with your family doctor at St. Thomas Medical Group in Nashville online or by calling +1 (615) 301-7040.

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6 Stress Management Techniques for Improving Health

To a certain degree, stress is a normal part of life. But all indicators suggest that stress has gotten out of hand for many adults and teens in the US.

The Global Organization for Stress reports:

  • Stress is a top health concern for US high schoolers.
  • Four in five adults feel stress on the job.
  • Three out of four adults report experiencing moderate to high levels of stress in the past month.

At St. Thomas Medical Group, our physicians are committed to your total wellness, which includes understanding your stress triggers, family relationships and social issues so that we may provide a higher level of comprehensive care.

We encourage you to talk with your primary care providers about how you can reduce stress and improve your overall health with tactics like these…

#1 Exercise When You’re Feeling Stressed

Exercise releases endorphins, which boost mood, reduce perceptions of pain, and improve your outlook. Even as little as a half-hour of walking or jogging can have a significant impact on your mental and emotional health.

#2 Cut Out the Triggers

Caffeine, alcohol and nicotine can worsen stress. Try replacing caffeine and alcohol with non-caffeinated teas, natural fruit juices, water and healthy beverages.

#3 Create a Bedtime Routine

Stress often makes it difficult to fall asleep and get a good night’s rest. Avoid screens and intense mental activity in the hours leading up to bedtime. Also, set a regular bedtime and try to stick to the new routine. Caffeine should be avoided in the evening, and alcohol consumption kept to a minimum.

#4 Talk to a Friend

Sometimes just talking to a friend about the factors stressing you can make you feel better. You might find that talking about your problems out loud brings some perspective. You may find solutions and realize that some problems aren’t as bad as you initially thought. At the very least, it’s often comforting just to be heard and seen by others.

#5 Be Realistic About Your Time

If you try to cram everything into your day and find yourself stressed when you run out of time, then you might be able to de-stress by re-evaluating your expectations! Create a schedule that more accurately reflects what you’re capable of completing. Check things off as you go through your day. And, remember, it’s okay to say no to things that aren’t on your schedule or to-do list!

#6 Make Time for Yourself

Having hobbies and time for relaxing is an important part of a healthy, well-rounded life. Find activities that you enjoy in order to reduce stress!

 

Need a local primary care provider who will listen to you and advocate for your health and well-being? Find a primary care doctor in Nashville at St. Thomas Medical Group. Call +1 (615) 297-2700 or schedule online.

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Vertigo May Affect As Many As 40% of Adults Age 40+

One in ten people experience vertigo, and four in ten adults age 40 and older will experience vertigo at some point in their lives. Vertigo is characterized by dizziness or a feeling that the room is spinning. This sensation is sometimes accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

ENT doctors at St. Thomas Medical Group help adults suffering from temporary and permanent vertigo throughout the greater Nashville area. Let’s take a closer look at this common health issue…

What Causes Vertigo?

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is caused by small crystals in the vestibular labyrinth (within the inner ear) becoming loose and moving into nearby semicircular canals. As a result, head positioning can be very sensitive, causing dizziness and other vertigo symptoms. The good news is, treatment is available for this condition. Learn more below.

What Treatment Options Are Available?

Some cases of vertigo can be resolved through in-office maneuvers performed by your doctor or a physical therapist. These maneuvers, which involve positioning the neck and head, aim to return dislodged crystals in the ear canal to their appropriate place.

Your ENT doctor at St. Thomas Medical Group may also recommend a diuretic (water pill) to reduce fluid retention, an issue that may contribute to vertigo. However, diuretics may not be right for all patients; talk to your doctor to learn more. Inner ear injections and surgery may be options for severe cases, though these approaches are certainly not common frontline therapies.

What Else You Can Do…

Reduce vertigo symptoms at home by:

  • Sitting upright on the edge of the bed for a few minutes before getting up.
  • Develop balance with yoga or similar exercises.
  • Move your head slowly; avoid sudden, jerking motions.

Vertigo Can Increase Risk for Falls

Vertigo isn’t just uncomfortable; it can actually put individuals at an increased risk for falls, which can be life-threatening. According to one study, “The presence of dizziness in the elderly is a strong predictor of falls, which is the leading cause of accidental death in people older than 65 years.” Because vertigo can lead to falls, which can cause brain injury, broken bones, and other complications, it’s especially important to see a physician for vertigo.

ENT Doctors in Nashville, TN | Vertigo Treatment Available

Do you struggle with vertigo or dizzy spells? Find an ENT doctor near you at St. Thomas Medical Group. Call +1 (615) 386-9089 or visit the Nashville ENT & Allergy Clinic’s online home for more information.

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Are Essential Oils Beneficial? Safe? A Medical Perspective

Diffuse, inhale, ingest, massage… essential oils are catching on like wildfire! In North America alone, the aromatherapy market is expected to grow from $1.6B in 2016 to $2.8B by 2024. As more manufacturers enter the market and more health-conscious consumers begin experimenting with blends of lavender, peppermint, bergamot, and other oils, many are asking, “Are essential oils safe? Do essential oils actually work?”

The truth is, there’s a lot we don’t know about essential oils. Unlike traditional drugs, which undergo rigorous clinical trials and have known side effects, essential oils are not subject to the same regulations imposed by the FDA. In fact, essential oils must clearly state that they are “not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

Of course, simply lacking FDA regulation doesn’t mean essential oils can’t have any benefits. Rather, we just don’t know for sure what benefits they do offer. And, in many cases, the potential risk and harm may outweigh the benefits.

Here are a few reasons why you might want to think twice before using essential oils on yourself or your children…

Abnormally High Concentrations

Essential oils are frequently touted as “natural” therapies. However, the incredibly high concentrations are anything but natural. As one nurse blogger points out, a popular manufacturer of essential oils “boasts that it takes 75 lemons to make one 15 mL bottle of lemon oil, 27 square feet of lavender plants to make one 15 mL bottle of lavender, and an entire pound of raw peppermint to make one 15 mL bottle of peppermint oil.”

Consuming just one drop of peppermint oil is the equivalent of drinking 26-28 cups of peppermint tea! Is that a “natural” way to get the potential benefits of peppermint? Not really. When it comes to abnormally high concentrations of anything, extreme caution is advised.

Lack of Standardization

Advil® is Advil®… and the drugstore brand version is pretty much the exact same thing. It doesn’t matter what store you buy it from or what area of the country you’re in. When it comes to essential oils, we’re living in the Wild West. The plants from which essential oils are derived can vary in concentration; weather and growing conditions, as well as processing techniques, can affect potency.

Unknown Causation

As always, correlation does not equal causation. If you massage thieves into blistered feet and notice an improvement the next day, is that a result of the oil alone? The massage? The massage combined with the oil? Moisture? It’s difficult to determine exactly what causes certain outcomes.

Questions About Essential Oils? See a Doctor in Nashville

At St. Thomas Medical Group, our physicians are advocates for your health. We are not opposed to the effective use of alternate therapies, and we encourage you to learn more about your wellness options. Looking for a doctor in Nashville who will listen to you and advocate for your health and well-being? Call +1 (615) 297-2700 or schedule online.

How Well Do You Know Hypertension?

Hypertension, also known as “high blood pressure,” affects one in three adults in the U.S. and contributes to more than 1,000 deaths per day, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Individuals with high blood pressure are four times more likely to die from a stroke and three times more likely to die from heart disease than those who do not have high blood pressure.

According to The Hypertension Institute at St. Thomas West Hospital, “The odds are good that most people will have high blood pressure in their lifetime. In fact, 90% of people with normal blood pressure at age 55 are at risk for developing high blood pressure as they get older.”

Unfortunately, only about half of the people with high blood pressure have their condition under control. Help for high blood pressure is available at St. Thomas Medical Group. Getting better starts with getting informed

What Is Hypertension?

High blood pressure occurs when the blood in your arteries applies excessive force to the arterial walls. While some fluctuation in blood pressure is normal, people with hypertension have excessive pressure on the arterial walls for an extended period of time. This significantly raises risk for heart attack and stroke.

How Do I Know If I Have Hypertension?

Oftentimes, there are no warning signs or symptoms of high blood pressure. It is important to understand that you could have hypertension without experiencing any symptoms whatsoever. Headaches and nausea are very uncommon symptoms of high blood pressure.

Because signs and symptoms are so rare, it’s important to see a doctor for a blood pressure screening. This quick and painless test simply involves placing an inflatable cuff around the arm to measure pressure in the blood vessels.

How Can I Manager My High Blood Pressure?

While blood pressure may be managed through certain medications, changing your diet and lifestyle is hands down the healthiest and best way to manage high blood pressure.

Manage high blood pressure by eating a diet that’s low in sodium, fat, and cholesterol. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and fiber. Staying active is also a great way to lower blood pressure. Aim to take three 10-minute walks per day, at least five days a week.

If you smoke, talk to your doctor about quitting. Limit alcoholic drinks to two per day (men) or one per day (women).

Am I At Risk for High Blood Pressure?

Anyone can develop high blood pressure. However, some common risk factors include:

  • Having a family history of hypertension
  • Getting older
  • Lacking physical activity
  • Eating an unhealthy diet (especially a diet high in sodium)
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having high cholesterol
  • Having diabetes
  • Having sleep apnea
  • Smoking

High Blood Pressure Treatment in Nashville, TN

Need help getting your high blood pressure under control? Find an internal medicine doctor in Nashville at St. Thomas Medical Group. Don’t delay in getting the care you need. Call +1 (615) 297-2700 or schedule your appointment online.

Get Help for COPD With a Pulmonologist In Nashville

More than three million people in the U.S. have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This group of progressive lung diseases, which includes emphysema, refractory asthma and chronic bronchitis, causes breathlessness and other symptoms. While serious, COPD can often be managed with the right diagnosis and treatment. That’s where the pulmonologists at St. Thomas Medical Group in Nashville come in.

What Are the Symptoms of COPD?

COPD symptoms don’t typically occur until damage has already been done to the lungs. Classic signs and symptoms include:

  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Shortness of breath (especially when exercising)
  • Fatigue/lack of energy
  • Chronic cough
  • Having the need to clear your throat upon waking in the morning

Some individuals may experience additional symptoms, such as swelling in the ankles, cyanosis (blue discoloration of the lips or fingernail beds) and unintended weight loss.

How Do I Know If I Have COPD?

If you have difficulty breathing or experience any of the above symptoms, see a doctor for an evaluation. Only a physician can diagnose COPD. This disease is frequently misdiagnosed, which is why it’s important to see a pulmonologist familiar with COPD and other respiratory disorders.

In diagnosing COPD, your pulmonologist may order one or more of these tests: chest x-ray, lung function test or CT scan. (This list is not comprehensive.)

COPD Treatments | Pulmonologists in Nashville

If you currently smoke, quitting will be one of the first recommendations your provider will make for treating COPD. Continuing to smoke will worsen your chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Other treatments include…

  • Medication
  • Lung Therapies
  • Surgery

Medication for COPD

There is a wide range of medications available for COPD. Some medications, such as bronchodilators or steroids, may be inhaled. Others are taken orally; these include oral steroids, theophylline, and antibiotics (for use in treating respiratory infections).

Lung Therapies

If you have moderate or severe COPD, your pulmonologist may recommend oxygen therapy for raising the oxygen levels in your blood; many of these devices are lightweight and portable, while others are only used while sleeping.

Surgery for COPD

If more conservative therapies are not delivering the results needed, then your pulmonary specialist may recommend surgery as a last resort. Lung volume reduction surgery (just one example) can make more room in your chest cavity for healthy lung tissue to expand. Additional surgical therapies may be available, depending on the specifics of your COPD.

See a Pulmonologist In Nashville at St. Thomas Medical Group

Schedule an appointment with a pulmonologist at St. Thomas Medical Group, conveniently located at the intersection of Green Hills, Sylvan Park and Belle Meade. Call +1 (615) 964-5864.

The 5 Best Free Exercises Classes In Nashville

When it comes to exercise, the best option is simply the one that’s most likely to engage you. If you absolutely hate running, don’t try to make running a part of your life… you have other options, after all, that are more likely to keep you active and motivated.

One of the best parts about living in Tennessee’s fastest growing city is that there are always more forms of exercise to discover every month. Many of these options are free! Check out a few of our favorite free exercise classes in Nashville…

#1 Stroller Strong Moms

Go SLAM (Sweat Like a Mother) with other mamas and their kids in this full-body workout, which meets throughout the week at Mana Sports Club and Gordon JCC. Participants build muscle while increasing endurance and flexibility. Stroller Strong Moms is a great option for moms who would like to have their kids with them. Keep the kids moving in the stroller or, if they’re big enough, have them join in the workout with you. First class is free.

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#2 East Nasty Running Club

We’ve mentioned the East Nasty Running Club before on the blog, but they get a repeat mention for making “East Nashville a great place to live and run, and [for making] running accessible to everyone in our community.” Join them on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m., or join one of their race training programs. This organization is free and completely run by volunteers. However, they do suggest a $10 donation per runner per year to help cover insurance costs.

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#3 F3 Nashville

From 5:30 a.m. to 6:15 a.m., men all over Middle Tennessee, from Sylvan Park to Murfreesboro, gather for free participant-led bootcamps. In the words of F3, “All you have to do is show up. It really is free. You don’t have to be in shape.” What do you have to lose? Find a group in your neighborhood. (There are currently more than 1,400 groups meeting around the U.S.)

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#4 Orangetheory Fitness

If you want to get your heart rate up, there are few classes more suited for the job than an Orangetheory Fitness class. A national brand, Orangetheory offers curious locals one free class at any of its three Nashville locations (Midtown, Green Hills, West Nashville).

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#5 Kickboxing Classes

Hotbox and TITLE Boxing are two excellent options for getting a high intensity workout. Fire away at a punching bag under your instructor’s guidance… then, keep your heart rate high in between those rapid punches with additional cardio. First class is free.

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Exercise Questions? See a Doctor in Nashville Here!

Need help developing an exercise plan that serves your health and wellness goals? Our Nashville doctors at St. Thomas Medical Group can work with you to develop healthy diet and exercise habits that can serve you for years to come. Call +1 (615) 297-2700 or schedule your appointment online.

Should You See a Rheumatologist for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S. have rheumatoid arthritis (RA). For many, the chronic joint pain significantly inhibits daily quality of life. Unlike osteoarthritis, which typically affects some joints but not others, rheumatoid arthritis affects the entire body.

Individuals with RA may experience joints that are red, hot and swollen. Needless to say, this condition can be quite painful. Other common symptoms include fever, fatigue, and energy loss.

The fact that we don’t know what causes RA is one reason why this autoimmune disease is so complex. Furthermore, there isn’t a standard test for diagnosing RA. Specially trained physicians, known as rheumatologists, must evaluate patients and recommend appropriate tests in order to make a diagnosis.

Why See a Rheumatologist for RA?

RA can be a complex disease, and the symptoms of RA can oftentimes be mistaken for something else. For this reason, it’s recommended that patients who have been diagnosed with RA – or exhibit RA-like symptoms – see a rheumatologist for care.

A rheumatologist may be able to offer an accurate diagnosis while avoiding unnecessary tests and procedures, which may be costly or uncomfortable. Also, a board-certified rheumatologist can recommend appropriate therapies based on extensive knowledge of this autoimmune disease. Many rheumatology providers even specialize in ultrasound-guided injections and other therapies commonly used in treating RA.

Ultrasound-Guided Injections for RA

There are several medications that can be injected directly into joints damaged by RA. Corticosteroids are one commonly injected medication. These injections can be helpful for lubricating the joint and providing relief from inflammation.

The Good News About RA

While rheumatoid arthritis is a serious diagnosis, the good news is that the earlier it’s diagnosed, the sooner it can be treated. And earlier treatment may lead to better outcomes in many cases.

Ready to See a Rheumatologist In Nashville?

Are you ready to see a rheumatologist for the specialized care you deserve? Schedule an appointment with a rheumatologist in Nashville at St. Thomas Medical Group by calling +1 (615) 964-5823. Not quite ready to schedule? Have questions about insurance, billing, or other aspects of care? Please feel free to contact us!

5 Tips for Handling Spring Allergies in Nashville

We hate to say it. We really do. But you know it’s coming… Nashville’s spring allergy season is right around the corner. We’ve discussed the causes behind Nashville’s allergens, as well as testing and treatment methods. But is there anything you can do now to reduce the severity of symptoms? The ENT specialists and allergists at St. Thomas Medical Group say, yes!

#1 Mold Removal in the Home

Pollen’s not the only culprit that could be lurking behind your allergy symptoms. Mold is a common offender… and it could be hiding out in your home. Especially common in Middle Tennessee, where we often have high humidity and warm temperatures, mold may grow under leaky kitchen or bathroom sinks, in dehumidifiers, and in poorly sealed windows. Remove mold by scrubbing with a mixture of bleach and water. If mold is caused by a leak or some other moisture source, address the root of the problem, too! Get those pipes sealed.

#2 HEPA Filters on Vacuums

While most any new vacuum will have a decent air filter, there’s nothing quite like a HEPA filter (high efficiency particulate air filter), which can filter out 99.7% of particles that are within a diameter of 0.3 microns or more (source). HEPA filters can remove much of the pollen and dander in your home that causes allergies.

#3 Rethink Your Decor

While regular cleaning and vacuuming can go a long way in reducing allergens, you may also want to rethink the decor in your home.

Hard floor surfaces are easier to clean and less likely to trap allergens than rugs and carpets.
Roll-up shades will hold fewer allergens than drapes and curtains.
Plastic covers over mattresses and pillows can prevent dander from settling in.

#4 Change Air Filters

Change your HVAC’s air filter every 90 days or so. Change it more frequently if you have pets, a high number of occupants, or asthma or allergies. A high efficiency filter can help keep your home’s air more pure. If using an air purifier, check to see that it offers enough coverage for the room it’s operating in; update to a HEPA filter, if available.

#5 See a Doctor Before Symptoms Start

If your Nashville allergies haven’t kicked into gear, but you know it’s just a matter of time, schedule an appointment with a local allergist now. New treatments or combinations of treatments may be available since you saw your doctor last allergy season. Get a head start on allergies by being proactive and seeing your physician.

Find an ENT/Allergist at St. Thomas Medical Group (Nashville)

Struggling with allergy symptoms? Call on the Nashville ENT & Allergy Clinic. Contact St. Thomas Medical Group at +1 (615) 386-9089 to learn more.