Come late summer, many Americans begin to experience the symptoms of ragweed allergy, or hay fever. Sneezing; stuffy or runny nose; itchy eyes, nose, and throat; and trouble sleeping can make life uncomfortable for these people. Some of them also must deal with asthma attacks. All this can begin when ragweeds release pollen into the air, and it can continue almost until frost kills the plant.
Parents of children with food allergies are aware of the dangers lurking in Halloween treats, but little attention is paid to asthma, which can also be frightening for asthmatic children participating in Halloween festivities.
Each back-to-school season comes with nervousness for parents and students. However, parents whose children have food allergies are often more anxious than others.
Ragweed allergy season can be even worse for those with dog, cat, or dust mite allergies, according to new research. These year-round allergies appear to “pre-prime” the immune system so symptoms hit harder.
When most people think of allergy triggers, they often focus on plant pollens, dust, animals, and stinging insects. However, cockroaches also can trigger allergies and asthma.
House dust is a mixture of many substances. Its content may vary from home to home, but the most common allergy triggers contained in house dust are dust mites, cockroaches, fungi (mold), and animal dander. Exposure to even small amounts of the offending allergen can cause allergy or asthma symptoms.
Many types of molds (microscopic fungi) live in our environment. Mold grows in indoor and outdoor areas that are warm, dark, and moist. Molds reproduce and grow by sending tiny spores into the air. Inhaled spores cause allergy and asthma symptoms. Examples of allergy symptoms include itchy eyes, runny nose, and rash.
Are you thinking about remodeling your home, or building a new one? If so, there are several things you need to know about the impact this may have on your allergies. The dust, debris, and fumes from remodeling or construction can wreak havoc on your eyes, nose, and skin. Knowing about some specific hazards, however, can help you minimize the impact on your allergies.