Allergies are a result of having an immune system capable of defending against trillions of possible invaders. Our immune systems are finely tuned to identify threats among the cast-off skin cells, fragments of fungus, and the rest of the rain of biological matter in everyday life.
Allergies share many symptoms with sinus infections, including runny nose and itchy, watery eyes, but they can’t cause a fever. In fact, taking your temperature can help your healthcare provider determine whether you’re dealing with allergies or an infection. For adults, a fever is any temperature higher than 100.4°F.
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 minimize energy loss has the side-effect of pollen and other irritants building up in the air with nowhere to go but up your nose.
Love at first sight is rare, depending on who you ask, but what about love at first sniff? Most of us have been influenced into thinking a prospective mate is more appealing by their scent, both artificial and natural. Mating is one of evolution’s vital mechanisms, so any intrinsic propensities we have for figuring out who is the best match certainly has a strong evolutionary basis.
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.
Seasonal allergies affect up to 30% of the global population, making allergy symptoms extremely common among adults and children. A seasonal allergy develops when your immune system overreacts to something in your environment, whether it's burning bush in the fall or grass pollen in the spring.
The Fungus Kingdom contains a very wide variety of lifeforms just as diverse as plants, animals, or bacteria. We typically group fungi into three groups- invisible microscopic single-celled yeast, mold with invisible spores but obvious large colonies, and the species that produce the large fruiting bodies known as mushrooms.
Michael Rubino, the Mold Medic, doesn’t just know how to remediate mold, he’s a mold expert who has helped thousands of people with their indoor mold problems. During Mold Awareness Month, Molekule is partnering with Michael to spread the message that mold is serious but treatable and preventable.
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 you can see here. Taking care of animals comes along with housing, food, and watching their overall health, which includes inhaling particles that cause allergies, just like people. Let’s take a look at a few different pets to learn about their allergies.