Come late summer, many Americans begin to experience the symptoms of ragweed allergy, or hay fever. Sneezing; stuffy or runny nose; itchy eyes, nose, and throat; and trouble sleeping can make life uncomfortable for these people. Some of them also must deal with asthma attacks. All this can begin when ragweeds release pollen into the air, and it can continue almost until frost kills the plant.
Summer is finally here! It is time for your camping trip, family vacation, day at an amusement park, or visit to Grandma’s house. It may also be time for skin allergy flare-ups. But these rashes don’t have to spoil the fun. Knowing the causes and being prepared can help make your summer outings enjoyable for everyone.
Studies have shown that air pollution is related to the worsening of asthma symptoms. Should you be concerned about the air you are breathing?
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.