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submitted by Rachelle Himes

Allergy season is apon us. Although we may not see ragweed and grass in full bloom yet, they are lurking! 
One of the ways our allergies can be triggered is via the food we eat. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS) occurs when we eat certain foods that have similar proteins as pollen. You may get an itchy mouth or throat after you eat certain fruits, vegetables, or nuts. Some common cross-reactive foods include: 
  • Birch pollen: apple, almond, carrot, celery, cherry, hazelnut, kiwi, peach, pear, plum
  • Grass pollen: celery, melons, oranges, peaches, tomato
  • Ragweed pollen: banana, cucumber, melons, sunflower seeds, zucchini
The reaction is usually mild and does not trigger anaphylaxis in most cases. If this reaction occurs it is best to avoid the food trigger, especially during high pollen season. 
You can reduce the chance of reaction by peeling the food, cooking the food or eating the food in a canned version. All of these techniques lessen the pollen like proteins on the food. 
Seek medical attention if the symptoms worsen or if you experience symptoms after eating the food cooked. 
To learn more about OAS (oral allergy syndrome) visit the Allergy Asthma Network website. http://www.allergyasthmanetwork.org


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submitted by Sarah Garcia


Welcome back for a wonderful new 2017-2018 school year!

Your Warsaw School Nurses would like you to know that August is "Child Eye Health and Safety Month!"

According to Friends for Sight, it is estimated that 80% of classroom education is taught visually. That means that your child's eyesight is integral for success in school. The beginning of the school year is the perfect time to make sure your child has a comprehensive eye examination so he or she can see clearly. Blurry vision can adversely affect your child's performance on homework, standardized tests, grades, and athletics. It can also cause physical symptoms like headaches, cause frustration, and even lower self-esteem.

Help your child succeed in school, and get a jump-start on a wonderful school year, by getting a routine eye exam to make sure you know he or she can see clearly!


Pedictrician examines girl's eyes. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.
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The end of the school year is quickly approaching but don't forget about your student's medications. All medications should be picked up at your school's health room by the last day of school, May 31st.

Students in grades 9-12 may transport medications home provided the school nurse has written permission on file by the parent/guardian.

All other students in K-8 must have a parent/guardian or other designated person who is over 18 years old pick up the medication for transport home.

If your student will be attending summer school please contact the nurse and make arrangements to use their current supply of medicatio during the summer session.

Medications that are not pick up and are not being used during summer school will be discarded after May 31st.


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submitted by Jeanine DeGeeter

Why wash your hands?

Handwashing is one of the most important ways you can keep from getting sick and spreading germs to others. According to the CDC, handwashing can prevent 30% of diarrhea related sickness and 20% of respiratory infections. Handwashing also fights the rise of antibiotic resistance.

Did you know studies show that people touch their eyes, nose and mouth about 25 times every hour and that is how the germs can get inside us!

Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to clean your hands. Hand sanitizers do no eliminate all types of germs. Correct handwashing includes the following steps:
WET…LATHER…SCRUB (for at least 20 seconds)..RINSE…DRY.
These simple steps will help you stay healthy and help keep those around you healthy!!

For more information visit: www.cdc.gov/handwashing


Hand washing. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.
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Cardiovascular disease, listed as the underlying cause of death, accounts for nearly 801,000 deaths in the US. That’s about 1 of every 3 deaths in the US. About 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 40 seconds. About 92.1 million American adults are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke.

Are you at risk for Heart Disease?

-Too much cholesterol in your blood increases your risk. You can get tested to learn your total cholesterol, good (HDL) and bad (LDL) and triglycerides.

-Try to fit in 2.5 hours of aerobic activity each week. Physical inactivity increases your risk, EVEN IF you have NO other factors!

-Quit smoking! Smokers are up to 6 times more likely to have a heart attack.

-High Blood Pressure and Diabetes both increase your risk as well. Talk with your doctor about your risk for heart disease if you have either one of these.

-Maintain a healthy weight. The higher your BMI (Body Mass Index), the higher risk for heart disease.

For more information, talk to your family doctor or visit the Amercian Heart Association's website at www.heart.org.


Exercise and cardiac health, artwork. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.
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