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...
With new research supporting that a Mediterranean diet can help alleviate asthma and allergies in children and in adults, many people are left wondering how to reap the rewards if they live in Kansas, not Cannes, and lunch in a cafeteria, not a cantina. Andrew Larson, M.D., and his wife, Ivy Larson, are living proof that it's not only possible, but life-altering. The Larsons, who live along the Gold Coast of Florida, have become a poster couple for the phrase "in sickness and in health." At the age of 22, Ivy was diagnosed with debilitating multiple sclerosis . Desperate for answers, she turned to her childhood friend, Andrew, for help, since he was studying to become a doctor. Over the next months, not only did they find a way to put her MS into remission, they also found true love. Since then, the couple got married, and they are busy raising their young son. Their resulting diet, The Gold Coast Cure , has become known for helping to alleviate a wide va...
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