JoAnna Garcia Swisher knows her Netflix series, Sweet Magnolias, put fans on an unexpectedly emotional roller coaster — but says season two will be “even juicier.”
“I’m sorry I’ve tortured you, but I can’t help but enjoy every minute of it,” Swisher Garcia tells FIRST with a laugh. “I can’t wait [for season two], because ‘who’s in the car?’ is just the tip of the iceberg.” She assures us it will still have “a ton of heart,” which is what drew her to joining the cast in the first place, but that it will also be “jam packed with some juice.” We can’t wait to see what doozies they have in store!
The actress gave us the season two scoop while discussing her partnership with ALK, a global pharmaceutical company focused on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of allergies, and their #AllergyHomeFree campaign. It comes on the heels of a recent survey that found 71 percent of US adults have experienced allergies, but only 29 percent have been diagnosed by a health professional.
“I was startled by the statistic,” Garcia Swisher tells FIRST. “It made me really sad that so many people suffer from allergies and very few are actually diagnosed. Which means that so many people, they’re kind of just like, you know, grinning and bearing it.”
Instead of slogging through symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, and scratchy throat, Garcia Swisher is encouraging allergy sufferers to visit AllergyHomeFree.com. “It’s a great resource to use as a starting point,” she explains. “It lets you take a questionnaire so you have an idea of where you’re at.”
The website can give you an idea of the specific type of allergies you might be dealing with — like hay fever or dust mites — and help you find allergists in your area for the best treatment. Or as Garcia Swisher says, “It’s like a click away from really starting to manage and control the things that we suffer from.”
The actress tells us she also uses the Klarify app on a regular basis. “I can see real time what’s going on with the air quality in my area,” she explains. “And it’s really great for tracking symptoms so when I talk to my allergist, I’m able to have a really clear picture of what I’m dealing with.”
Garcia Swisher really just wants people to know that allergies don’t have to get in the way of enjoying things you want to do because you’re afraid of flare ups. “There is relief and there is hope and there’s so many ways to control your allergies with the help of an allergist that I think is really meaningful,” she says.
Be sure to check out AllergyHomeFree.com for more info on how you can finally get control of your allergy symptoms, too.