Many native and exotic plants are poisonous to humans when ingested or if there is skin contact with plant chemicals. However, the most common problems with poisonous plants arise from contact with the sap oil of several ever-present native plants that can cause an allergic skin reaction – poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac.
Food allergies can range from merely irritating to life threatening. Approximately 30,000 Americans go to the emergency room each year to be treated for severe food allergies, according to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. It is estimated that 150 to 200 Americans die each year because of allergic reactions to food.
Occupational contact dermatitis and asthma are two of the most common work-related health issues facing workers worldwide, according to experts presenting the latest research at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
by David Shulan, MD, FAAAAI
For people with seasonal allergies, pollen levels can be a useful tool. Yet many don’t fully understand what they are and how monitoring pollen levels can help to reduce their symptoms.
Affecting the outer ear, swimmer’s ear is a pain-causing condition resulting from inflammation, irritation, or infection. These symptoms occur when water gets trapped in your ear, allowing bacteria to spread, causing a painful sensation. Because this condition commonly affects swimmers, it is known as swimmer’s ear. Swimmer’s ear affects mostly children and teenagers, but can also affect those with eczema (a condition that causes the skin to itch) or excess earwax.
For millions of Americans with allergies & asthma, summer travel concerns extend far beyond rising gas prices and airline security waits. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology estimates that more than 20 million Americans have asthma and 50 million have allergies. Those traveling this summer will face unique challenges.
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.
Summer is here, and people are enjoying fun activities outdoors. Allergy and asthma fighters need to keep in mind that along with the warm weather comes exposure to allergens, which could trigger a potentially harmful attack. This is why maintaining control over allergies & asthma is a must.