Nearly 100 million people suffer from allergies and asthma, with symptoms ranging from the occasional sniffle to debilitating headaches and additional pains. While taking traditional medicines and altering your lifestyle can offer some relief, new alternative treatments like biofeedback, immunotherapy and phototherapy are helping allergy sufferers take control of their symptoms.
Many people are quite surprised each year that instead of being a special, amorous day, Valentine’s Day may be a source of dismay when it becomes a potpourri (literally) of surprising and unexpected allergy triggers for many allergy sufferers. These triggers often include lovely fragrant flowers, perfumes, luscious chocolates, scented candles and more. Depending on one’s sensitivity, you or your partner may indeed be affected by one or many not uncommon allergy triggers.
Mosquitoes cause more human suffering than any other organism, according to the American Mosquito Control Association.
As Zika virus spreads across Latin America and the Caribbean, it’s more important than ever to know how to protect yourself.
The Zika virus was first discovered in Uganda in 1947, and chiefly transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. It was first reported in humans in 1950s. Now the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the Zika virus is “spreading explosively” in the Americas and that as many as four million people could be infected by the end of 2016. There is no current vaccine to prevent the Zika and related mosquito-borne viruses.
President Barack Obama unveiled the final version of his plan to cut emissions from U.S. power plants Monday, flanked by parents of pediatric asthma patients, medical professionals and Environmental Protection Agency officials. Calling it the “single most important step” America has taken to fight climate change, Obama outlined a plan that the White House said will help to reduce 90,000 asthma attacks in children by 2030, as well as prevent premature deaths related to power plant emissions and cut down on missed school and work days.
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Winter is often a time to enjoy the beauty of nature’s scenes and children playing in the snow, but for those who suffer from cold induced hives, it can also be a time of fear and trepidation.
The condition is called cold urticarial and it presents itself in the form of a rash that is intensely itchy, and welts on the skin. It is often triggered by histamine being released, such as from an allergic reaction, and occurs most frequently in adults aged 20-40. The most common symptoms include localized hives after the skin is exposed to anything cold, such as air, water or car keys.
In this helpful Fox News article, Dr. Bassett breaks down the 9 Ways To Have Allergy-Free Holidays. You should be sure to read it carefully and more importantly, take action on these tips to ensure the minimization of allergy triggers for you and family and friends who come to visit! Read the article.
First, it is essential to confirm whether you or your child have a food allergy by visiting an allergist and having the appropriate testing done and interpreted. Once confirmed, learn how to be a label detective, and be aware of potential foods and food ingredients that may wreak havoc if ingested by a family member with a food allergy.
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FOX NEWS Health Report by Julie Revelant — It’s frightening every time you hear it: that harsh, raspy cough that sounds like a seal barking. Chances are it’s croup— a common infection that’s usually nothing to worry about, but could be serious if you don’t know the warning signs.
Here, find out what causes croup, the signs you should look for, and how you can help your little one feel better.
What is croup?
Croup is an infection of the upper airways that causes swelling of the larynx and trachea. That swelling causes an airway obstruction, which makes it difficult for air to go in and out and results in hoarseness and the signature barking cough.
Every year, about 6 in 100 children under the age of six get croup. The infection is responsible for about 15 percent of respiratory illness in children. Typically, it affects children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years, but it can affect older children as well.
Most cases are caused by the human parainfluenza virus, which is contagious and can also cause common cold symptoms like sore throat, congestion and fever. Croup can also be caused by other viral infections, including adenovirus, measles, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza, or by a bacterial infection, although this is rare.
When your child coughs, you may hear a high-pitched noise when he takes a breath in. This is what’s known as stridor and it can be life-threatening as it can cut off the airway, said Dr. Clifford Bassett, medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York and a clinical assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine.
Some kids tend to get croup more often, either because of genetics or simply because they have a narrow upper airway.
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