By Eugene Hurwitz, MD

Blooming flowers aren’t the only things that accompany the arrival of spring, so do the billions of tiny pollen particles that trigger seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly referred to as hay fever.

Hay fever can not only affect your quality of life, it can also lead to sinus infections, disrupt your sleep and affect your ability to be productive at school or work.

Dr. Eugene HurwitzYou may suffer from hay fever if you have the following symptoms:

  • Itching in the nose, roof of the mouth, throat, eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose (congestion)
  • Runny nose
  • Tearing eyes
  • Dark circles under the eyes

If you suspect you suffer from hay fever, consult with an allergist or immunologist who can diagnose you. A specialist can also perform simple tests to determine your specific allergy triggers.

Hay FeverIf you do have hay fever, use these four strategies to reduce symptoms:

  • Keep track of pollen counts in your area by subscribing to the National Allergy Bureau’s email alerts.
  • Limit outdoor activities during days with high pollen counts.
  • Keep windows closed (at home or in the car) to keep pollen out.
  • If you suspect you suffer from hay fever, consult with an allergist or immunologist who can diagnose you. A specialist can also perform simple tests to determine your specific allergy triggers.
  • Take a shower after coming indoors. Otherwise, pollen in your hair may bother you all night.
  • For long-term allergy relief, consider allergy shots (immunotherapy) for relief from allergic rhinitis symptoms.

 

Did you know?

  • Depending on where you live, there are generally three pollen seasons. The start and end dates of these seasons, as well as the specific plants, vary based on the climate.
  • Trees generally pollinate in the spring. Birch, cedar, cottonwood and pine are big allergy triggers.
  • Grass releases its pollen in the summer. Timothy, Johnson, and Rye grasses are examples of allergens in this category.
  • Weeds cause hay fever in the fall. Ragweed is the biggest offender as it can grow in nearly every environment.

Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia • Eugene Hurwitz, M.D. • 770-459-0620 • caageorgia.com 

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Perfect Day PhotosMinimally invasive surgery pioneer, Scott D. Miller, MD, has joined WellStar Medical Group and been named medical director of robotic surgery at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. The doctor, who performs over 250 robotic and laparoscopic procedures a year, is also the president and founder of the nonprofit, ProstAware, a prostate cancer awareness organization.

Details: ScottDMillerMD.com

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Registered dietitian and nutritionist, Carolyn O’Neil, who is also a blogger and author of “The Slim Down South Cookbook,” shares how to get the flavor of a shrimp boil without the mess—or the calories!

Oxmoor HouseINGREDIENTS:

  • 24 wooden skewers
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups corn kernels
  • ½ teaspoon Creole seasoning
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup Old Bay seasoning
  • 24 baby red potatoes
  • ½ pound smoked sausage, cut into 24 slices
  • 24 peeled and deveined extra-large
  • raw shrimp (about 1¼ pounds)

DIRECTIONS:

Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add bell pepper, chopped sweet onion, and garlic. Sauté 4 minutes. Stir in corn and Creole seasoning and sauté 3 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in parsley and vinegar.

Bring Old Bay seasoning and 5 quarts water to a boil, covered, in a large stockpot. Add potatoes and cook 10 minutes. Add sausage and shrimp. Cook 3 minutes until shrimp turn pink and potatoes are tender.

Thread 1 potato, 1 shrimp, and 1 sausage piece onto each skewer. Arrange on platter. Spoon corn mix over skewers.

Details: TheHappyHealthyKitchen.com

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Sarah Diller's PhotographsFrom makeup transformations to the ups and downs of being a mother, the 2018 April/May issue is a celebration of womanhood. On Feb. 21, we hosted our second “Amazing One-Hour Makeovers” event. This year, professional wardrobe and accessory stylists were on hand to add an extra layer of sparkle to the makeovers. And although each of the 13 lucky reader attendees walked into the Best Self Atlanta Studio already beautiful, after 60 minutes with the artists and stylists, they walked out even more radiant. It’s inspiring to see how a new look can truly reflect what’s on the inside.  Meet this year’s professionals and see how they worked their magic on p.27. 

Although being a mother in no way equates to fulfilling your female potential, for many, it is a role they cherish. In honor of Mother’s Day, we gathered insight and advice from Atlanta moms on how they handle the tougher aspects of parenting. Wading through child-rearing tips from well-meaning friends and family to brushing off mom shaming are just a few of the topics we tackle in “The Messiness of Motherhood” (p.53).

We also chatted with another mom, Jennifer Webb, about her book “Mom’s Soul Café.” The author and meditation leader takes a hilarious and raw look at having what some call the toughest job in the world. In her “My Best Self” Q&A, Webb shares how mindfulness saved her sanity and how it can help you too.

Finally, we’re taking a fresh approach to our yearly breast cancer coverage. We’re breaking out of the October (and pink) mold with Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta. On p.39, learn more about why the organization has renamed its popular Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta Race for the Cure and where it’s focusing its efforts in the fight against breast cancer.

I hope this issue encourages you to lift up the women around you and take time for yourself.

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Richie ArpinoSpringtime in Atlanta is a sight to behold. Nature explodes in color, animals frolic, and spring cleaning is in full swing. This is the time when our city comes alive and is quite simply beautiful. It’s the perfect season to refresh, renew and shine.

Welcome to our 2018 Beauty Issue, which celebrates beauty from the inside and out. From the ultimate magic of a mother’s love to the kind of outer beauty that can help us feel better about how we look, we have hundreds of tips and resources to help you transform your look and get a fresh perspective.

And back by popular demand for its 8th season, voting is in full swing for our  2018 Over 40 & Fabulous! contest. This contest measures true beauty by celebrating Atlantans who look good, make healthy living a priority, and do good things to help others live a better life. The annual celebration is made possible by the support of our Advisory Board panel of experts and partners. They join us to provide you with information and tips to help you navigate health and beauty options to look and feel your best after 40.

Did you know your hair quality and style can add years to your look? Did you know that there is a fitness facility that has a large, active and supportive community of over-40 Atlantans? Did you know that just because you are getting older, it doesn’t mean you have to lose your confidence in your feminine self? Our Advisory Board is here to help.

Meet all of this year’s experts (below) on p.45 of the April/May 2018 issue and get advice that can help you thrive and be your best self.

2018 Advisory Board
Dr. Ken Anderson
of Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics
Karen Foley of Windy Hill Athletic Club
Ming Matthews of Bob Steele Salon
Dr. Stanley Okoro of Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Louis Prevosti of VEINatlanta
Dr. Monte Slater of Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging
Tom Sullivan of 11Alive
Shops Around Lenox

And a special thank you to our Over 40 & Fabulous! reveal party host
Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

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By Laura Janelle Downey

I love high tea! Getting dressed up with my gal pals is always fun but it’s even better when we can get together dressed to the nines over dessert. So when I found out that Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is offering a Chocolate Afternoon Tea inside The Café & Bar, I had to check it out. I’ve been to several teas in my life but none that ever paired tea with a full lineup of sweets.

Tea and Chocolate at Mandarin Oriental AtlantaChoose from six teas like the Shanghai Rose (black tea leaves infused with notes of lychee and red rose petals) or Imperial Green (Chinese green tea with a subtle hint of grass). I always prefer doing tea with a glass of bubbly so in addition to my cup of Shanghai Rose, I indulged in the hotel’s house Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne.

When the three-tier serving tray was placed on the table, I ogled all of the goodies on display. From chocolate truffles and a Grand Marnier cream puff to tasty cakes (think chocolate sponge or sour cream pound confections), there’s something for everyone. I also loved dipping my strawberries into the warm pot of chocolate fondue. Being able to savor each decadent bite was the best part.

 Now through Sunday, April 8, you can stop by the hotel from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. to experience this super sweet selection. Don’t miss out on this unique spin on the everyday traditional tea. But should your schedule not permit, it’s OK. The hotel’s full-year afternoon tea calendar is out now and one of the tea offerings on the lineup should fit your fancy. From its highly anticipated Royal Wedding Afternoon tea, which starts in May to its Southern Summer Afternoon Tea (June 14-24), this is the perfect time to book your reservation. Who doesn’t love a scone with clotted cream or pimento cheese sandwiches?

If you’re looking for Mother’s Day ideas or contemplating starting your own Ladies Who Lunch social, put Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta’s afternoon tea on your list. Everything from the staff’s top-notch service to the savory teas and bites are sure to wow and win over your closest comrades.

$48 per person, $58 per person with a glass of Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne.

Details: 404.995.7500, 3376 Peachtree Rd. NE. MandarinOriental.com/Atlanta/Buckhead/Luxury-Hotel

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Senior FitnessFor over a decade, Ava Jordan has led an aerobics and kickboxing class for seniors 65 to 95 years old at the C.T. Martin Natatorium & Recreation Center. Each class is centered around a mission to “duck” depression, “jab” heart disease, “kick” diabetes, and “stomp out” stress. Through these physically and mentally stimulating classes, participants enhance their mobility and, in turn, independence.

Details: 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW., Atlanta; AFJ723@Yahoo.com

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By John F. Arnold, MD, MBA

The goal of any breast screening program is to find cancer early and reduce false positives. The American College of Radiology Commission on Breast Imaging has performed a thorough review of the evidence that annual mammography screening starting at age 40 for women of average risk can decrease breast cancer mortality by about 40%. Benefits of screening also include tumors being found earlier and the ability to discover high-risk lesions earlier.

Breast Cancer ScreeningSupported by Research

Over 70% of cancers occur in dense breasts. Mammography has limitations in imaging dense breasts. The ASTOUND study is defined as adjunct screening with tomosynthesis or ultrasound in women with mammography negative dense breasts. This was a multicenter screening trial of tomosynthesis and adjunct ultrasound screening in women with dense breasts. Adjunct ultrasounds led to significantly higher incremental breast cancer detection, the rate per 1,000 screening mammograms was 7.1/1,000 screening exams for ultrasound and 4.0/1,000 screening exams for tomosynthesis.

Three studies—European Asymptomatic Screening Study, SOMO•INSIGHT Clinical Study, and performance studies by Shane, et al—included adding 3-D automated whole breast ultrasound to screening mammography to improve the performance of mammographic interpretation. Adding 3-D automated whole breast ultrasound has shown a significant increase in invasive cancer detection with a nominal insignificant decrease in specificity. Eighty-five percent of cancers found with screening ultrasound are node negative invasive cancer.

OPI is Leading The Way

OutPatient Imaging is introducing 3-D automated whole breast ultrasound at its Atlanta location. Even better, OutPatient Imaging will be performing an automated 3-D screening breast ultrasound as an adjunct to all screening mammograms with no additional cost to the patient during the introductory phase. Ultrasound is fully automated and takes approximately 30 seconds per breast. The exam requires no external compression other than the patient’s own body weight. The 3-D images generated from the ultrasound will be interpreted by the radiologist as an adjunct to the patient’s screening mammogram. Three-D automated breast ultrasound does not utilize ionizing radiation as tomosynthesis uses, therefore it can reduce the radiation exposure to the patient.

OutPatient Imaging is proud of its commitment to women’s health and will continue to offer patients a choice for all of their imaging needs.

OutPatient Imaging • 2284 Peachtree Road N.W., Atlanta, GA 30309 • (404) 225-5674 • outpatientimaging.net

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Jill GolsenBy Jill Golsen, DMD

Did you know? The number one cause of death from oral cancer is related to human papillomavirus (HPV). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this will be an epidemic that affects more than 80 million people over the next 20 years.

While cervical cancer is associated with HPV, oral cancer is too. Here is the scary part—oral cancer doesn’t hurt. You often don’t feel its wrath until you have advanced symptoms.

We used to think that if you were a smoker, you had the highest chance of getting oral cancer. People are not smoking like they used to, so why are rates of oral and tonsillar cancer still so high? HPV.

There is a lot of buzz about getting your children vaccinated for HPV. The problem for adults is that if you have ever been sexually active, you could have, and still can, contract HPV. While there are over 200 strains of the virus, there are only two that are associated with cancer—HPV 16 and 18. Your general practitioner, gynecologist or urologist can test you.

Oral Cancer and HPVAs a dentist, I always do an oral cancer screening at every hygiene visit. Any sore in your mouth that hasn’t gone away in 2 weeks needs to be followed up by a visit to an oral surgeon or an ear, nose, and throat doctor.

Look out for advanced symptoms (conditions that last more than 2 weeks) that might include:

  • A persistent hoarseness or sore throat
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • A swollen but not painful tonsil
  • A red, white or black discoloration on the soft tissue in the mouth.

Make sure your dentist performs an oral cancer screening even though you don’t smoke. Cancer sneaks up on us!

Golsen Family Dentistry • Jill M. Golsen, DMD • (770) 667-0669 • GolsenDental.com 

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Jon RamirezBy Karen Foley

Why is it so important for mothers to take time for themselves?

Moms are often pulled in a million different directions and it can be difficult to carve out time for self-care. Having time to focus on their own health not only makes them stronger physically and mentally, it can even make them better moms.

Moms love the club as a respite and a great place for their kids to interact with other kids. Mothers feel comfortable bringing their children here and feel that their kids are safe and loved while they get a workout in.

What resources does Windy Hill Athletic Club (WHAC) provide so moms can make time for themselves?

We have outlets for moms to utilize our club in whatever way is best for them, which can be different every day. We have tennis teams where moms can play matches and socialize. We have group classes so they can sweat it out with their closest friends. We have cardio equipment for that alone time, yoga to quiet the mind, and a café to have a meal and enjoy adult conversations. For just plain relaxation we have a whirlpool, steam room, sauna and luxurious showers—having a moment to take a shower is a big deal when you’re a mom!

What about childcare?

We have Kidtown, which is a place where moms can bring children as young as 7 weeks all the way to 12 years old to play and learn for up to 2 hours a day up to 10 hours a week. Activities at Kidtown include puzzle time, homework helper, kid creation, storytime, and more.

Tell us more about the kid-friendly programs and amenities WHAC offers.

The club has children’s programs throughout the week so kids can enjoy swim lessons, tennis lessons, squash lessons, “Group X” classes, climbing the 50-foot rock wall, and playing tennis or basketball. There are programs for kids of all ages. We even have a “Learner’s Permit” program to help kids ages 8 to 17 know their areas in the club. As the weather warms up, children can head outside to play on the playground. Plus, there are swimming pools where moms can go to relax or bring the kids to have fun in. And if the whole family works up an appetite, you can stop by the café, which has a children’s menu, to have snacks, lunch, or dinner.

What do moms have to say about their experience at WHAC?

Moms love the club as a respite and a great place for their kids to interact with other kids. Mothers feel comfortable bringing their children here and feel that their kids are safe and loved while they get a workout in.

How does WHAC help moms create a sense of community?

We believe active social people lead happier and healthier lives. The facility provides that setting. You can meet friends here and people that you share common interests or similar goals with.

Windy Hill Athletic Club • windyhillclub.com

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