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Seasonal Allergies

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:            

  • Staying indoors on dry, windy days.
  • Best time to go outside is after a good, long rain.  Rain helps to clear pollen from the air.
  • Delegate yard work if you are prone to seasonal allergy symptoms.
  • Remove clothing worn outside before coming inside.  Keep your outdoor, gardening clothing hanging in your garage.
  • Shower (including washing hair) after doing yard work or prolonged periods outside.  
  • Don’t hang laundry outside to dry.
  • Wear a dust mask if doing outside work.


  • Check TV and radio for daily pollen counts.
  • Take your allergy meds before symptoms start.
  • Keep doors and windows closed at night.  Pollen counts are highest in early morning.
  • Use air conditioning in your home and car.
  • Use high efficiency filters at home and change them regularly.
  • Use a dehumidifier.
  • Use HEPA filters, (High Efficiency Particulate Air), especially in the bedroom(s).                 

The NAACP Health Newsletters

All articles of the Newsletter have been submitted by

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. Board Certified Emergency Physician

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. 

What to do † 

†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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What to do † 

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.

Maintain or adopt a healthy lifestyle. Talk to your doctor about taking more than one medication.