While some people are allergic to food or pets, when we say “allergies” it’s most often referring to the snuffling, itching, and sneezing triggered by exposure to plant pollen. The springtime might bring vivid flowers, green leaves, and growing shoots, but that comes along with
Humans aren’t the only mammals that suffer from allergies—our feline friends can be plagued by many of the same allergy triggers that affect us. When you have an allergic reaction, your immune system interprets a foreign substance as a threat and goes into attack mode.
It’s not just your imagination, seasonal allergies are getting worse each year. They are getting worse outdoors as a result of climate change and increased carbon dioxide, which make for more pollen at unpredictable times. They are getting worse indoors because sealing off spaces to
In the fall of 2020, downtown Los Angeles suffered the worst smog it had seen in almost 30 years when ozone pollution spiked to 185 parts per billion. For many, it was a bleak reminder of the pervasive yellow-brown haze that used to hover over
Allergy triggers are substances in our environment that cause an allergic reaction. Though some of the symptoms overlap, an allergic reaction is a very specific event in your body and is different from an infection, intolerance, or poisoning.
Everyone’s immune system is a little different depending
A study in 2016 showed that more than half of the world takes care of at least one pet, with dogs being the most popular, followed by cats and then fish. There are also millions of other animals we like to take care of, as
One particle of dust is pretty much impossible for us to see, but if we could we would see all different colors of bacteria, fungi, pollen, hair and skin fragments, in addition to some inorganic substances like bits of sand, rock, and salt. Here is
Triggers for respiratory allergies change throughout the year. February through May is when trees spread their pollen. Grasses take over after that, pollinating from April through September. The final pollen spreaders of the year are the weeds, which are active from August through late November.
Does your nose get stuffy at night? Learn how you or your child can get relief from nighttime nasal congestion.
Nighttime allergies can keep you up coughing and sneezing. Use these tips to fight back and wake up well-rested.