Since 2006, it has been much easier for people allergic to certain foods to avoid packaged products that contain them, says Rhonda Kane, a registered dietitian and consumer safety officer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Summer brings bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets, and this year, updated advice for those who are allergic to these pesky stinging insects. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recently published updated guidelines for diagnosing and treating stinging insect hypersensitivity. Here are three key highlights for those who are allergic.
August marks the start of allergy season for as many as one in five Americans who get hay fever, also called seasonal allergic rhinitis, each year. That’s because ragweed, the main cause of hay fever, begins blooming around mid-August. And in one day, each plant can produce a million pollen grains that can travel for miles from its source.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has teamed up with state and local agencies to create EnviroFlash, a free service that provides the air quality forecast to a subscriber’s email or cellphone.
The National Pest Management Association warns families that cockroaches are a leading trigger of allergies and asthma attacks. The pests’ saliva, droppings, and decomposing bodies contain allergen proteins known to trigger allergies and increase the severity of asthma symptoms, especially in children.
A study published in the journal Clinical & Experimental Allergy reveals that keeping a dog or cat in the home does not increase children’s risk of becoming allergic to the pets.
First comes the itching, then a red rash, and then blisters. These symptoms of poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac can start from a few hours to several days after exposure to the plant oil found in the sap of these poisonous plants.
Whether it’s a romantic outing or family trip to the beach, the summer months are the perfect time for dining outdoors. Like all food-focused events, picnics pose special challenges for people with food allergies. But with careful planning, it’s easy to put together an allergy-friendly picnic basket that everyone can enjoy.