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Seasonal Allergy Saga – Shield Up!

Spring is in full swing, and while the warmer temperatures give us the beautiful blooms and delightful vistas to view, it can paint our every day into allergy hell. Seasonal allergy symptoms can include coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, fatigue, and sleep deprivation, and additional inflammatory responses. It can be hard to function at work or home while these allergies are an everyday irritation. Even if you have never experienced allergies in the past, you can develop a sensitivity at any time, so watch for the symptoms and be prepared to fight back!

Here are some tips for painting a prettier picture during seasonal allergy time:

  • Eat healthy! Consume leafy greens and fruits such as oranges and apples. Fruits and leafy greens are packed with different vitamins and nutrients, such as Vitamin C, which can help fight inflammation.
  • Limit opening windows in your home or car. This will reduce your exposure to pollen. The fine, powdery grains are the fertilizing elements found in flowering plants and which can exacerbate allergies.
  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after spending time outside. Also, consider changing into fresh clothes, washing your face, or taking a shower after you come inside to contain the spread of pollen.
  • Check out the pollen count before going outside. Look at a weather app for the most up-to-date information on how the pollen is acting in your area and avoid any outdoor activities if the count is high.
  • Consult your physician if self-care methods do not help contain or ease your symptoms. You can also utilize a telemedicine option if you have one through your employer to virtually discuss your symptoms and receive advice and treatment options. This can save you time and money! If you have UHC benefits through Valley Schools, log in to for more information about Virtual Care.

At Valley Schools, our priority is to keep members happy and healthy at work and at home which equates to savings on claims and stabilizing your insurance rates. Valley Schools is proud to share that we have a 3.54% five-year medical renewal average for our members.

Contact us today to learn how we can help your public agency control claims spend and generate a culture of healthy living.

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