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Allergic Rhinitis

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What is an allergy? You have an allergy when your body overreacts to things that don’t cause problems for most people. These things are called allergens. Your body’s overreaction to the…

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Allergic Rhinitis – Nasal Sprays – How to Use Them Correctly

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. Types of nasal sprays Nasal sprays come in two different kinds of containers: pressurized canisters and pump bottles. Steps for using a pressurized canister: Gently blow your nose to clear it of…

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Allergy Shots – Could They Help Your Allergies?

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. How do allergy shots work? An allergy shot contains a very small amount of the substance that you are allergic to (called the allergen). Common allergens include mold and pollen from grasses,…

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Allergy Tests

An allergy is your body’s reaction to a substance that is normally harmless. With allergies, your body sees the substance as harmful or foreign and your immune system reacts to the substance. The immune system is the body’s natural defense against bacteria, viruses, and other foreign substances.

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Alternative Or Complementary Ways To Control Pain

Acupuncture has been proven to help treat pain, both chronic and acute. It appears to stimulate the release of chemicals that the body makes naturally for pain relief.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What is Alzheimer’s disease? Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia. Dementia is a word that healthcare providers use to describe a wide range of symptoms linked to physical and functional…

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Amniocentesis

Early in pregnancy the cells can be tested for some genetic problems the baby might have. Your primary healthcare provider may advise you to have this test at this time if:

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Amputation

Amputation is the loss of all or part of a body part on the outside of your body. It may be something as small as a fingertip or it may be an entire arm or leg.

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Anaphylaxis

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What is anaphylaxis? Anaphylaxis (say: “anna-full-ax-iss”) is a life-threatening allergic reaction. It starts soon after you are exposed to something you are severely allergic to. You may have swelling, itching or…

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Anemia

If you are having any symptoms or have any questions, please call 811 to speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day. OVERVIEW What is anemia? Anemia is a condition that affects your red blood cells. Your red blood cells carry oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. Hemoglobin is the…

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