RocWell: Spring Health Preview

- John Bisognano is a cardiologist for the University of Rochester Medical Center.  He sees first hand how hard it is for some to stay active when it's cold outside. 

"First of all, if you've been doing nothing all winter, than you're probably not alone," Bisognano said.

So as the weather improves, Bisognano says getting into a regular exercise routine might be difficult.  He says common sense should prevail as you do become more active.  "Ramp yourself up slowly. If you have any cardiac risk factors, be weary of new chest pain, shortness of breath, things like that that may be brought out with an increased activity level," he added.

Of course, with spring in the air - so is tree pollen, which is nothing to sneeze at...or is it?

"You always have to be on guard about it.  I use my senses a lot to try and figure it out," said allergy sufferer Joel Gluckstein, who has both indoor and outdoor allergies.  He hopes this season isn't bad as some in the past.

Doctor Shahzad Mustafa is an allergist with the Rochester General Medical Group.  He says the length and severity of outdoor allergy season is often difficult to predict.

"It looks like it may be a later season, which might shorten the season a little bit," said Mustafa. He says outdoor allergies depend on temperature, weather and the jet stream.  He suggests being proactive regardless, and seeing a specialist if need be.

"It really comes down to minimizing exposure. But more so than that - medications.  First line of therapy is nasal steroids. There's now a prescription strength nasal spray over the counter," added Mustafa.

Meantime, Gluckstein has his own methods.

"Allergy shots, pills, sprays. They all seem to help."

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