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What's Going Around: Asthma & farm-related injuries

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EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ) -- If you’ve had trouble breathing, or you have been coughing or wheezing, you're not alone. Plus, harvest is here, and so are the farm-related injuries. 

Stephanie Hinkle at Sanford East Grand Forks Walk-in Clinic has seen an increase in patients with seeing an increase in patients with asthma, likely due to weather changes.

If you are allergic to pollen, during pollen season keep car and house windows closed and use the air conditioning. After going outdoors, shower and change your clothes.

Hinkle recommends that those who carry an inhaler should check the expiration date, take their medicine at regular intervals, and to refrain from using the inhaler more often than directed. Hinkle suggests a trip to the health provider if you struggle to control the asthma. 

Rachel Faleide, with Cavalier County Memorial Hospital and Clinics in Langdon has noticed many farm-related accidents. Faleide recommends that those with cuts or wounds make sure they are up to date on their tetanus vaccinations. Faleide also reminded people that fall is a great time to have a physical.

Adults and children should have at least one physical a year.