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.”
Summer means barbeques, festivals, and other outdoor activities, and if you experience allergic reactions to grass pollens, you might be running for cover. However, seasonal allergies can also affect those without pollen sensitivities due to unexpected summer staples, such as certain fruits and vegetables, campfires, and changes in the weather.
This holiday season, countless Americans will make the New Year’s resolution to quit smoking in 2012. While quitting smoking is extremely difficult—six out of 10 smokers require multiple quit attempts to stop smoking—preparing a quit-smoking plan can greatly improve a person's chance for success. The following are proven tips and resources from the American Lung Association that have helped thousands of people give up smoking for good.
Molds produce tiny spores to reproduce. These spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed.
For people who suffer from skin allergies, shopping for something simple like laundry detergent, shampoo or lotion can be a gamble that lands them in the doctor’s office. A National Ambulatory Medical Care survey found that allergic reactions to skin care and cosmetic products were the second most frequent dermatologic diagnosis.
Dining out is one of America’s favorite pastimes, but for people with food allergies and intolerances, the experience can often be frustrating and stressful. Paul Antico, founder of AllergyEats, an online source for finding allergy-friendly restaurants, understands these challenges firsthand from dining out with his three food-allergic children.
When you have indoor allergies, it’s hard to feel like “there’s no place like home.” The good news is there are some simple steps you can take to reduce your exposure to indoor allergens.
Spring and fall are not the only seasons that prove troublesome for those with allergies & asthma. Winter weather causes people to spend more time indoors, where a host of household allergens can be found. For people with asthma, cold air and outdoor winter activities can worsen asthma symptoms. Fortunately, there are things you can do to have a sneeze-free, wheeze-free winter.