by Scott H. Sicherer, MD
Dr. Scott Sicherer, a professor of pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY, answers your questions about casual exposure to allergens that you may not have thought to ask.
Chirping birds won’t be the only sound you hear this spring. More than 50 million Americans will be sneezing and wheezing, thanks to seasonal allergies. And if spring comes early again this year, allergy symptoms will be intense and last longer than average.
All during the year, the possibility exists for people with respiratory problems to have allergy and asthma attacks. During the holiday season, however, more hidden dangers to health exist. Here are some tips for everyone – especially those who have asthma, allergies, or other respiratory diseases – to stay healthy during the holiday season.
Known to most people as hay fever, allergic rhinitis is a common medical problem affecting more than 15 percent of adults and children. It takes two different forms: seasonal or perennial.
Just when many Americans are hoping to catch a break from summer’s record heat waves, hay fever season is in full bloom. Each year, ragweed pollens begin surfacing in mid-August. Symptoms of hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, often mirror those of a cold, including a runny nose, sneezing, and nasal congestion.
Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, careful preparation can make your trip safe and enjoyable. As always, communication is key.
Millions of Americans have nasal allergies, commonly known as hay fever. Often fragrant flowers are blamed for the uncomfortable symptoms, yet they are rarely the cause; their pollens are too heavy to be airborne.
by Sandra Beasley
There is one constant in my birthday memories. When it came time for a cake, my mother would bring out whatever Sandra-friendly sweet she’d designed. Some years it was sunflower-margarine Rice Krispies treats, and some years it was an applesauce-and-cinnamon-raisin Bundt cake. I’d get my serving. Then we’d dish out the real dessert of cake or brownies or pie a la mode for everybody else. After singing, after blowing out candles, after presents had been opened, after everyone had eaten, someone would say it: “Now, don’t kill the birthday girl.”