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Communication Is Crucial to Protecting Food-Allergic Children at School

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.

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Man’s Best Friend? Not During Hay Fever Season

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.

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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.

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House Dust

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.

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Out with the Mold

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.

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What Allergy & Asthma Fighters Need to Know Before Building or Remodeling a Home

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.

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Easing the Itch of the Great Outdoors

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.

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Food Allergies – Reducing the Risks

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.

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