You don’t want to be a Scrooge. You really don’t. But every holiday season you wonder why your “seasonal” allergies are still bothering you. Why are you stuck sneezing, wheezing, and coughing while everyone else is caroling, sleighing, and spreading cheer?
by Jessica Webb Errickson
As one of the most celebrated players in NFL history, former Pittsburgh Steeler Jerome Bettis knows the importance of staying at the top of his game. For Jerome, whose impressive rushing skills earned him the nickname “The Bus,” keeping in tiptop shape demands more than a healthy diet and exercise routine; he also has to contend with asthma and severe food allergies. But with his asthma under control and his anaphylaxis action plan in place, nothing can stop “The Bus.”
Seasonal allergic rhinitis, often referred to as hay fever, affects millions of people worldwide. Symptoms include sneezing, stuffiness, a runny nose, and itchiness in the nose, roof of the mouth, throat, eyes, or ears. These allergic reactions are most commonly caused by pollen and mold spores in the air, which start a chain reaction in the immune system.
Monitoring your asthma on a regular basis is an important part of keeping your asthma under control. Keeping track of your symptoms whenever you have them is a good idea. This will help you and your doctor adjust your treatment over time.
by Gil Yosipovitch, MD, and Shawn Kwatra, MD
Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a chronic skin disorder affecting hundreds of millions of people around the world. It has been estimated that 10 percent of the population will be affected by atopic dermatitis at some point in their lives. While atopic dermatitis may persist to adulthood, infants and young children are most frequently affected. The hallmark of atopic dermatitis is the terrible itch it causes.
An unwanted cavity in your child’s sweet tooth isn’t the only health concern that can haunt the Halloween season. Hidden health hazards can be lurking not only in candy but also in costumes, haunted houses, and jack-o-lanterns, especially for little ghosts and goblins who have allergies and asthma. The following is a list of common Halloween health hazards with tips on how to avoid them.
Pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds floats around in the air where it can be inhaled, causing allergy and asthma symptoms for many people. Pollen may travel many miles in the wind, so even trees, grasses, and weeds beyond your immediate area can be the cause of your sneezing and wheezing. Pollen allergies are often seasonal, and allergy and asthma symptoms occur when the amount of pollen in the air is high.
If you’re planning a vacation, and you or your child has allergies or asthma, proper planning can help you keep sneezes, sniffles, wheezing, and coughing under control. Use the following tips to make sure that allergy and asthma symptoms don’t derail your vacation fun.