Its allergy season again the staff at Doctors Express in the Bronx are gearing up for a particularly challenging season of dust, molds, pollen, dander and everything under the sun.
This winter brought lots of snow accumulation and it stayed on the ground and didn’t melt completely until well into April. This has kept the ground very moist and increases the potential for more spores, molds, and pollen in the air. Even people who normally don’t suffer with allergies have been coming in with complaints of allergy symptoms.
What is causing that sniffle? Is it a cold or allergies? What’s the difference?
Usually an allergy LIKE a cold causes a runny nose with a clear, thin, watery discharge with sneezing and congestion. But UNLIKE a cold, allergies cause wheezing, itchy nose, throat, ears, and eyes with commonly sneezing spells. A colds nasal discharge starts out watery but will become thick and yellow or green. Colds are more often associated with low grade fever, weakness, fatigue and muscle aches. Sneezing spells and itchy eyes are uncommon with colds.
With allergies the symptoms begin immediately after the exposure and if the allergy is seasonal then the symptoms usually begin the same time each year. With colds the symptoms develop fully within one to three days and can last for five to seven days. Allergies can last as long as you are exposed to the allergen or even longer.
Allergies are usually treated with antihistamines, nasal steroids, and decongestants which can be bought over the counter or prescribed by your physician. The same medications can be used to treat cold symptoms also with the addition of Ibuprofen for body aches and fever.
So how do you help prevent or keep the allergy symptoms under control?
- Do your best to avoid the allergens you react to.
- Common allergens are pollen, dust, mites, mold, pet dander and cockroaches.
- Get tested to see what you may be allergic to.
- Check the pollen count. If allergic stay indoors on days it is elevated.
- Start using the air conditioning early on in the season
- If working in yard or taking spring walks make sure remove clothes indoors,
- Put them in a plastic bag separate from laundry and wash regularly
- Shower often
If after all of these preventive measures you still are suffering with allergies go to Doctors Express in the Bronx. There is always a Board Certified Physician on staff to help you with allergy problems and all your medical needs. They are located in the new Throggs Neck Shopping Center, at 843 Hutchinson River Parkway, Bronx, NY 10465. They are opened Monday through Friday 8 AM to 10 PM and Weekends 8 AM to 8PM. For more information, you can call them at 718-925-4400 or visit their website at DoctorsExpressBronx.com.
The following newsletter is brought to you by Bronxworks, an organization that helps individuals and families improve their economic and social well-being.
The New York Community Trust Continues Collaborations with BronxWorks
The New York Community Trust has had many partnerships with BronxWorks and has supported several programs. This past fall, the Trust approved a $45,000 Healthy Neighborhoods planning grant for BronxWorks. One of a select number of Bronx-based organizations to receive Healthy and Livable South Bronx funding, the grant will enable BronxWorks to develop strategies designed to improve health outcomes in the Mott Haven section of our borough, a community characterized by high rates of asthma, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions. Ms. Kimberley Wong, who has a master’s degree in public health will oversee the effort. Read more >>>
BronxWorks Joins Forces With Bank Street College to Provide Graduate Courses in the Bronx
Are you an early learning professional in the Bronx seeking credits towards a master’s degree? This coming September you will be able to take classes taught by the faculty of Bank Street College at the BronxWorks Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center at 1130 Grand Concourse. The five-story, 42,500 square foot building, which has an Early Childhood Learning Center, a computer lab, and several classrooms, will offer graduate classes for the autumn 2015 semester. Read more >>>
Jobs-Plus is a program BronxWorks operates in three New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) complexes that cover the South Melrose and Mott Haven sections of the South Bronx. Started in 2011 with support from the Social Innovation Fund and the Mayor’s Fund for New York City, its purpose is to increase the earnings, savings, and employment capacity of working-age residents in public housing. Read more >>>
Dip Against Homelessness
This Valentine’s Day BronxWorks partnered with the Bronx Polar Bears Club to raise awareness about homelessness. On Saturday, February 14th, the Bronx Polar Bears braved the winter waters of Long Island Sound to remind us of the challenges of living on the street. Their five minute dip was symbolic of the bone-chilling cold homeless men and women must deal with every minute of each day in the winter. Read more >>>
Staff Profile: Lisette Nieves: “I’ve Always Been in Education”
From her first job long before joining BronxWorks to her new position as director of the Department of Children & Youth, Lisette Nieves’ career has followed the same trajectory. “I’ve always been with community-based organizations; I’ve always been in education,” she says.
Lisette, who proudly notes, “I was born and raised in the Bronx and will always be part of this community,” earned her BA in 1992 from Wesleyan University, including a college-sponsored semester in Spain. Read more >>>
Recently, in his State of the Union address, President Obama spoke about an issue that is very important to me: college affordability. Education is the key to a lifetime of success, and it is critical to the long-term health of our nation’s economy.
We have an opportunity to make college accessible to every American, through tuition-free community college and increased financial aid for university students. But to move forward on this plan, I need your help.
The American middle class was founded on access to the world’s best education system. To remain the world’s top economy, we must now equip our students to compete on a global scale. We can only achieve this if higher education remains within reach of every American.
Will you join me in standing up for college affordability?
The Bronx Polar Bear Plunge is themed on fitness and the environment and also raising awareness and support for this need, and the services for the homeless provided by Bronx Works.
If you’d like to make a contribution toward the homeless services of Bronx Works, please visit their site
Join BronxNet & BronxWorks for the Bronx Polar Bear Plunge Against Homelessness At Orchard Beach on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 11:00 AM
Come take the plunge in the brisk waters off Orchard Beach or come support the swimmers. Transportation is available courtesy of The Bronx Tourism Council and BronxWorks. (See schedule below for pickup information). To support the homeless, please bring new gloves, socks, hats or scarves to donate to BronxWorks homeless services programs. Donated items may also be dropped off now, through 5:00 PM, Friday, February 13th at the following locations:
- BronxWorks administration office – 60 E. Tremont Ave.
- Classic Community Center – 286 E. 156th St.
- Betances Community Center – 547 E. 146th St.
- Carolyn McLaughlin Community Center – 1130 Grand Concourse
- The Living Room – 800 Barretto St.
- BronxNet Television – Lehman College Campus, 2790 Goulden Ave., Carman Hall, Rm. C19B
- The Bronx Beer Hall – 2344 Arthur Ave.
Below is an itinerary with important info regarding the Bronx Trolley, the after party and much more.
- 9:30 AM: Bronx Trolley transportation pickup. Location: Manhattan – 42nd St. between Lexington & Park
- 10:30 AM: Bronx Trolley transportation pickup. Location: Bronx – Opera House Hotel, 436 E. 149th St., between Bergen & Brook Ave.
- 10:30 AM: BronxWorks transportation pickup. Location: Outside #6 Pelham Bay subway station
- 11:00 AM: Event kickoff/speeches
- 11:30 AM: Safety instructions/warm-ups
- 12:00 PM: The big plunge
- 12:30 PM: Soup served
- 1:30 PM: Bronx Trolley leaves. Destinations: After party, S. Bronx & Manhattan
- 2:00 PM: After Party – Happy hour at Bronx Beer Hall (located inside Arthur Avenue Market, 2344 Arthur Ave.)
With locations throughout the Bronx in Hunts Point, Parkchester and Westchester Square, MetroOptics Eyewear has been delivering outstanding eye care services to their patients for more than 35 years. At each location, you will find a compassionate and experienced team of opticians and optometrists who are dedicated to providing high-quality personalized eye care for your whole family. Each location also carries a large selection of affordable eyeglass frames as well as a great selection of designer frames and sunglasses.
Like many eye care facilities, Metro Optics Eyewear accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and most union and 3rd party insurance plans. But, what if you don’t have eye care insurance coverage. Now you have an option!
The team at Metro Optics Eyewear has been busy this holiday season preparing for the Metro Optics Vision Club roll-out. For $99 annually, the Vision Club provides a comprehensive yearly eye exam as well as a pair of single-vision or bifocal glasses from the Vision Club selection. Members are also eligible for discounts on frame and lens upgrades, second pairs, and contact lenses.
If you know of anyone who is neglecting their vision due to lack of benefits, please let them know of this opportunity. Registration is quick and easy online, and all major credit cards are accepted. They also offer discounts on group enrollment – business owners and administrators who are interested in offering the Vision Club as part of their employee benefits package can click here to send an email to John Bonizio.