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.
While a garden can be a source of beauty, it also may contain plant pollens that can trigger both allergic rhinitis and asthma symptoms. Windborne pollinating plants, including trees, grasses, and weeds, are more likely to cause an allergic reaction. They produce pollen that is light and almost invisible. Released in large quantities for reproduction, the pollens can be easily inhaled. These plants often have smaller blooms with little or no color.
Summer vacation. It conjures up visions of relaxation, sports, sunny days, perhaps sand and water, or woodlands. For individuals and families with allergies & asthma though, it means extra thought and preparation before “the good times roll.” As we head full tilt into summer, here are some common sense – but commonly missed – suggestions for a healthy vacation.
Allergies are diseases of the immune system that cause an overreaction to substances called allergens. People who have allergies can live healthy and active lives. Good allergy treatment is based on the results of your allergy tests, your medical history, and the severity of your symptoms. It can include three different treatment strategies: avoidance of allergens, medication options, and immunotherapy (allergy shots).
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.
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.