Allergies

Allergies are hypersensitive responses from the immune system to substances that either enter or come into contact with the body. 

Preventing Insect Stings

You can reduce your or your child’s chances of being stung and having a subsequent allergic reaction by preventing or avoiding exposure to the stinging insects. Ways to avoid stinging insects Be cautious when you are outdoors, especially in areas where stinging insects may be present, such as woods, orchards, flower…

Preventing Spider Bites

To avoid bites from spiders: Wear gloves if working in an area where spiders are likely to live. Avoid wood or rock piles and dark areas where spiders live. Look for spiders in low-lying webs in garages, in barbecue grills, around swimming pools, and in wood piles. Clear away old furniture, tires, junk, newspaper, and…

Tips for Reducing Indoor Pollutants in Your Home

Exposure to indoor air pollutants can cause respiratory problems, such as asthma attacks, or diseases, such as lung cancer. Pollutants include smoke, pet dander, radon, mold, cleaning products, and other chemicals. You can create a healthier home by following the tips below. 1 Reduce allergens Groom pets often to reduce…

Types of Allergens

Pollen, molds, dust mites, or animal dander cause most allergic rhinitis and trigger asthma attacks in some people. Pollen Plants make pollen. The pollens that can cause allergies are usually from trees, grasses, or weeds. These pollens are small, light, and dry, so the wind easily picks them up and carries them, often…

Types of Allergic Rhinitis

Experts can classify allergic rhinitis by how often a person has it and how severe it is. Allergic rhinitis is: Intermittent if you have symptoms fewer than 4 days a week or fewer than 4 weeks a year. Persistent if you have symptoms 4 or more days a week and 4 or more weeks a year. Mild if your symptoms do not affect…