The vast majority of the American workforce spends at least part of their day laboring indoors, where serious health dangers may be lurking in the air they breathe. According to the Occupational Health & Safety Administration, approximately 11 million workers, including those who are employed by offices, restaurants, and industrial facilities, are exposed to at last one or more substances in their workplace that could cause asthma symptoms.
Asthma is becoming an epidemic in the United States. The number of Americans diagnosed with asthma grows annually, with 26 million currently affected. And according to a new study, nearly two-thirds or more of all asthmatics also have an allergy.
With springtime upon us, many are enjoying warmer weather, flowers in bloom, and more hours of daylight. Although for some, these signs of spring also bring the common frustrations associated with allergies and asthma. Here are some tips to help you enjoy the budding spring season – without the allergy and asthma symptoms.
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of asthma is important so that treatment and other interventions can begin early. If severe symptoms are present, it is vital to begin the appropriate treatment immediately. Accurate and timely assessment of symptoms can help you and your doctor decide if treatment should begin in the home, at your doctor’s office, or in the emergency room.
Cold weather is a prime time for stuffy noses, sore throats, and watery, itchy eyes. But if your symptoms last more than a week, or if they seem to turn off and on based on your surroundings, you may be battling allergies or sinusitis.
Infants who live in "moldy” homes are three times more likely to develop asthma by age 7—an age that children can be accurately diagnosed with the condition.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that asthma affects approximately 24.6 million people in the United States. But are asthmatics more likely to have other chronic conditions as well? According to a new population-based study presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), asthma appears to be linked to an increased risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.
Summertime means outdoor fun at weddings, festivals, and picnics. But uninvited guests ranging from stinging insects to grass pollen can ruin the fun for people with allergies & asthma.