Spring Tips

Allergies Prevention

Preventing allergic reactions depends on the type of allergy you have. General measures include the following:

  • Avoid known triggers. Even if you're treating your allergy symptoms, try to avoid triggers. If, for instance, you're allergic to pollen, stay inside with windows and doors closed during periods when pollen is high. If you're allergic to dust mites, dust and vacuum and wash bedding often.
  • Keep a diary. When trying to identify what causes or worsens your allergic symptoms, track your activities and what you eat, when symptoms occur and what seems to help. This may help you and your doctor identify triggers.
  • Wear a medical alert bracelet. If you've ever had a severe allergic reaction, a medical alert bracelet (or necklace) lets others know that you have a serious allergy in case you have a reaction and you're unable to communicate

For more informaton: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/allergies/basics/prevention/con-20034030


Food Safety

Bacteria, viruses, parasites, mould and their toxins can live and/or grow in some foods, and cause food-borne illness. Common symptoms of food-borne illness can include vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, fever or chills. Additional symptoms can include headaches, muscle pain and weakness. 

Food poisoning can be especially dangerous for people with weakened immune systems (e.g. infants, the elderly, people taking immunosuppressant drugs, people with HIV/Aids) who are at higher risk for becoming seriously ill or even dying from the symptoms of food-borne illness, although healthy people may also suffer after-effects from food-borne illness and the effects can last a lifetime.

Algoma Public Health’s Environmental Health Department is responsible for the Food Safety Program, which is designed to protect the public through educational and enforcement strategies.  

Public Health Inspectors are responsible for carrying out the Food Safety Program. This program involves:

  • Assessing all food premises in the District of Algoma annually to determine their risk status.
  • Inspecting all food premises to ensure compliance with Ontario Regulation 562 under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
  • Ensuring that food handler training courses are available
  • Providing food safety information to the community, non-profit community groups and to teachers.
  • Conduct food recalls.

Everyone who handles food, whether at home for you and your family or at work for hungry customers, must take care to ensure food is handled and prepared safely. Food safety is everyone’s responsibility.

For more information: http://www.algomapublichealth.com/Default.aspx?l=,1,10,56



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