Millions of people experience allergy symptoms caused by indoor allergens. These culprits include dust mite droppings, animal dander, cockroach droppings, and molds. While avoiding allergens is the most effective treatment approach, strict avoidance isn’t always possible. This winter, as temperatures drop and you begin spending more time indoors, consider making the following changes to minimize your allergy symptoms.
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?
With its cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and fun activities, fall is a favorite season for many people. But the arrival of harvest season also signals the arrival of fall allergies, causing headaches, stuffy noses, and sneezing that can put a damper on fall fun. If you’re one of more than 50 million Americans with allergies and asthma, the following tips can help you find relief and enjoy fall to the fullest.
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.
Spring is in the air, and so are billions of tiny pollens that trigger allergy symptoms in millions of people. This condition is called seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly referred to as hay fever.
The holiday season can gift you with more than you’ve wished for if you have allergies and asthma. Holiday traditions, such as Christmas trees, menorahs, and poinsettia plants, can cause symptoms. Those hosting holi-day gatherings can also unknowingly present guests with the gift of sneeze. Here are six tips to help you have the least amount of allergens in your home when you invite guests over during the holiday season.
by Scott H. Sicherer, MD
Dr. Scott Sicherer, a professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY, answers your questions about casual exposure to allergens that you may not have thought to ask.