PCMA LETTER: How to manage allergies

PCMA LETTER: How to manage allergies

‘Nothing to Sneeze At’ Is Right

The theme for this edition, which focuses on how to manage allergies, is definitely nothing to sneeze at.  Allergies, whether environmental or food-related, can pose a whole host of dangers to the person who suffers from them.  So, you’ll read about ways to avoid and minimize your exposure allergies— specifically, the springtime variety, which lasts much longer here in Florida.  

In addition to this theme, however, is another topic that should be at the forefront of our minds this month.  May 6 marks the kickoff of National Nurses Week— a time when hospitals, doctor’s offices, organizations, colleagues, and friends across the country are taking time to recognize these essential members of the healthcare community.

So inside this edition you will find a salute to nurses, which includes a Q&A with an ER nurse on what it take to be in the profession, and another Q&A with a local expert on what it takes to get the necessary education and be a valuable member of this industry.  Besides reading these Q&As, we encourage you to find time this month to show appreciation for your family healthcare nurses.  Sometimes, a simple “thank you” and a kind smile can make all the difference!

In addition to the nursing tribute feature, you’ll also find a very informative column from Dr. Joy Jackson, the director of the Florida Department of Health in Polk County, discussing essential health considerations for women.  With Mother’s Day right around the corner, and with May also being National Women’s Health Week, this is another timely and important topic.

As always, the physicians of the Polk County Medical Association are here to help you live a safe and healthy life, so we hope you enjoy this special edition of Central Florida Health News magazine.



Sergio B. Seoane, MD

Family Practitioner and Pulmonary Medicine Specialist, Lakeland

President, Polk County Medical Association

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