Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter, such as fallen leaves and dead trees. But indoors, mold growth should be avoided.
Approximately 35 percent of children with food allergies over the age of five reported experiencing bullying, teasing, or harassment because of their allergies.
Allergies are typically associated with pollen and the outdoors. But as cold temperatures drive us indoors each winter, many Americans find they are allergic to conditions inside their own homes.
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.