Allergies or the Cold?
You might be surprised to learn that your lingering cold symptoms are actually caused by allergies. Allergies are especially troublesome during the spring time, when trees and flowers are releasing their pollen, so if the real culprit is unknown, you can be potentially re-introducing yourself to these particles every day.
While a lay person might not be able to conclusively determine whether they have a cold or allergies, to help differentiate between the two, there are usually certain symptoms associated with each to consider. Since allergy symptoms usually occur right after you’ve been exposed to a certain particulate, such as dust, pollen, or pet dander, symptoms will usually be sneezing, itchiness of the eyes, ears, nose, or mouth, or a runny or stuffy nose.
Although a few cold symptoms coincide with those of allergies, it’s important to note that most colds do not last longer than 2 weeks. If you’re experiencing symptoms longer than that, see your doctor as it might be allergies, or symptoms of another issue.
Spring into Action!
Do you have what it takes to successfully de-winter your home? While it may seem tedious and a bit alarming, with some helpful tips and the proper know-how, you can turn spring cleaning from a chore to an adventure (or at least you can try!).
- The first step is to de-clutter your rooms. It’s hard to determine what needs to be cleaned if all you see are piles gathered around like little mountains. Place piles in appropriate bins so that you can organize them later.
- If you’re an allergy sufferer, the right tools can be a life-saver, literally. Use a mask while cleaning and wipe using a damp cloth so that dust doesn’t become airborne. Also, a HEPA vacuum cleaner is recommended so that particles don’t travel back into your environment.
- Can’t stand chemicals? There are plenty of organic, home-made cleaning products that you can use to give your home a natural and healthy glow. Vinegar anyone?
- Lastly, it’s not a sprint, so have a plan and be prepared to spend some time in each room to give it that good, deep- cleaning love that each space deserves.
May is Asthma Awareness Month
With spring as the peak season for asthma sufferers, the Asthma and Allergy Friendly Association has declared May as National Asthma Awareness Month. Asthma is a chronic lung condition that causes airways to become inflamed and narrowed, making it difficult to breathe. Although there is no cure for asthma, with your support and advocacy, you can help to raise awareness for this disease that affects over 25 million Americans.
To learn more about asthma, ask your doctor, or go to an asthma informative website, such asGetSmartAboutAsthma.com.
The Case of the Peanuts
In a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, scientists found that introducing peanuts at an early age decreased the risk of children developing peanut allergies at a later age.
In regards to the study, infants between the ages of 4-11 months, who had severe eczema, egg allergy, or both, were initially given a tiny 2-milligram dose of a special peanut flour with their food, which was eventually increased to 800 milligrams. By retraining the immune system to build up a tolerance, after six months of treatment, more than 80 percent of the children could safely eat small amounts of peanuts at a time.
While it’s easy to feel excitement at the idea of giving your baby peanuts early on, it’s important to note that these tests were administered under strict doctor supervision and while the findings are ground-breaking, there is still further research needed to see if children who participated, would continue to show no effects of a peanut allergy.
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