Allergies? Docs have ideas for comfort

A woman sneezes (File, American Med Dev, MGN Online)
A woman sneezes (File, American Med Dev, MGN Online)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — People have dealt with allergy issues for months, possibly triggering sinus infections that come with headaches, sore throats, fatigue and even bad breath.

Most times antibiotics won’t work for treatment and doctors suggest a warm compress, over-the-counter nasal drops and a decongestant.

In other health news: Getting kids active

Now that kids are out of school for the summer, there’s no reason for them to sit on the couch all day. You can keep them active, suggests Providence pediatrician Dr. Annie Mack.

“If your child wants to take swimming lessons or dance lesson, that’s great,” Dr. Mack told KOIN 6 News. “But even just getting outside with the kids, whether it’s ball or chase or hide-and-seek, doesn’t have to be expensive.”

A walk through a local park or trail is good because it gets kids naturally thinking about biology and science while they exercise.

Getting outside isn’t always easy, though.

“If it’s got to be an indoor activity because it’s raining sometimes, computer games like Wii fit where they can exercise and do that as an alternative,” she said. “But ultimately the key is to get away from the electronics.”

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