Controlling Allergies During the Holidays

While holidays are a great time of year for family gatherings and celebrations, they can be challenging for people with any type of allergy. First, and likely the most serious, is the possibility of a food allergy reaction. Accidental contact with a food allergen is more probable when eating at another person’s house, or when […]

When Allergic Rhinitis Interferes With Sleep

When Allergic Rhinitis Interferes With Sleep

Allergic rhinitis is a common health problem, resulting in symptoms including nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy eyes, headaches, and postnasal drip. One symptom that may be underreported is its negative impact on sleep and quality of life.(1) Sleep impairment associated with allergies affects patients’ functioning in specific areas, causing daytime drowsiness, fatigue, and decreased cognitive […]

Molds Can Trigger Allergies Year-Round

Molds Can Trigger Allergies Year-Round

Mold allergy affects an estimated 5% of Americans. Symptoms can range from annoying – congestion, sneezing and itchy eyes – to serious asthma attacks.(1) Each year, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marks September as Mold Awareness Month, to raise awareness of the many health effects associated with mold exposure.(2) Molds are part of the natural […]

Asthma Attacks Peak in September

Asthma Attacks Peak in September

People with asthma – some 25 million in the U.S. – need to take extra precautions during the month of September, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).(1) Asthma hospitalizations rise this month, with 22% of asthma hospital admissions for children occurring in September.(1) The third week of September each year is […]

Ragweed Season is Here

Ragweed Season is Here

These end-of-summer days, stretching through September, can be tough for allergy sufferers. Approximately 15% of Americans have an allergy to ragweed, according to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.(1) A single ragweed plant can produce one billion grains of pollen, and the pollen grains can travel in the air for miles.(1) Symptoms of an allergy […]

Pollen Food Allergy Syndrome

Pollen Food Allergy Syndrome

Pollen can be responsible for a type of food allergy called Pollen Food Allergy Syndrome, also known as Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). The syndrome is caused by a cross-reaction of allergens that are found in both pollen and raw fruits, vegetables, or some tree nuts, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.(1) […]

Allergy Shots Effective for Insect Allergy

There are many different types of stinging insects, including bees, wasps, yellow jackets, and hornets. Most people, when stung by an insect, suffer pain, redness, itching and perhaps minor swelling around the area of the sting.(1) In contrast, an allergic reaction, which requires immediate medical attention, includes symptoms such as: hives, itching and swelling in […]

Allergies and Back to School

Allergies and Asthma, and Back to School

Back to school news for September 2021 is understandably focused on COVID-19 concerns. The Centers for Disease Control offers guidance that is evolving as there is updated information and the first day of school draws near. Individual school districts will also be rolling out their own specific guidelines. For families of children with allergies and/or […]

Indoor Air Pollution Serious Issue for Allergy Sufferers

Indoor Air Pollution Serious Issue for Allergy

The Centers for Disease Control states that many people in the U.S. spend approximately 90% of their time indoors.(1) The quality of indoor air has important health ramifications for people with asthma and allergies.(2) ) “Animal dander, pollen, mold, dust mites, and fumes released by cooking, burning fuel, or cleaning products can all have an […]

Keeping Safe With Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of the nation’s oldest and leading asthma and allergy organization, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. KFA advocates for improved food labeling, better school policies for children with allergies, and increased funding for research. KFA’s Safe Eats® collection features recipes shared by parents of allergic children. […]