Molds... yuck! A fungus -- that's disgusting, right? And what does mold have to do with nasal allergies and asthma? The answer to that question is, "Quite a lot, actually." Both indoor and outdoor molds are common allergy triggers, resulting in the following symptoms: Stuffy nose/head Runny nose/post-nasal drip Sneezing Itchy nose and/or throat Itchy, watery, burning, red eyes So, What ARE Molds Exactly? Molds, or more correctly, mold spores are tiny fungi that are widespread in most homes. This isn't the type of mold that strikes fear into our hearts with images of severe illness and death. That type of mold is usually referred to as "black mold" (and is known scientifically as stachybotrys chartarum ). It is found in 2% to 5% of American homes. Under certain environmental conditions, stachybotrys chartarum may produce several toxic chemicals called mycotoxins, but there is currently no evidence that the small airborne levels found in residential settings...
Pediatricians, general practitioners, internists, allergists and
pulmonologists can all treat asthma and allergies.
Allergists or immunologists are internists and pediatricians,
who have additional training in the immune system and special
skills in evaluating and treating asthma and allergies.
They become board certified when they pass an examination in the
specialty area of allergy and immunology. Because allergists tend
to see more allergic and asthmatic people than other kinds of
doctors, they are more experienced in treating them.
This is especially important because about 90 percent of
children and 50 percent of adults with asthma have allergies that
trigger asthma symptoms. Identifying and learning to control these
allergies can be the key to better asthma control.
Your primary care physician may refer you to an allergist to
test you for allergies and to get your asthma under better control.
Once your asthma and allergies are better controlled, you can
expect to visit your alle...
The Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) recently announced this spring's "Allergy Capitals" for 2008. This is NOT a coveted award -- it's actually more like a booby prize if your city makes it on to this list.
Twice each year, once in the spring and once in the fall, the AAFA performs research to determine where the unhealthiest places in the United States are for people with allergies. They call these places the "most challenging" places to live. AAFA bases their determination for 100 metro areas on three main factors:
Pollen scores (airborne grass/tree/weed pollen and mold spores)
Number of allergy medications used per patient
Number of allergy specialists per patient
I'm happy to say that my state doesn't have any, but then we don't have all that many metro areas, either (I live in Idaho). The Allergy Capitals appear to be concentrated in the Northeast, MidAtlantic, South, and eastern Midwest areas, for the most part, as well as the West coast.
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