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The beginning of summer kicks off the camping and hiking season, anxiously awaited by those who have endured a long cold winter. This year will likely prove to be one of the busier camping seasons as many Americans bypass more expensive vacations that involve pricey airline tickets or gas guzzling road trips. Emergency department staff will probably see a greater number of people with contact dermatitis caused by exposure to poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac. Many people have never seen poison ivy , or perhaps wouldn't recognize it if they saw it. Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac belong to the plant genus Toxicodendron (previously referred to as Rhus ). Toxicodendron means "poisonous tree." These plants have an oil-based substance in the resin on their leaves and in their stems and branches called urushiol that causes a delayed skin reaction in about 50% of people that contact it. Urushiol may cause severe contact dermatitis in people that have previousl...
A new study out of Ohio State University announced at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association found that being stress could make allergy symptoms worse... even into the next day.
Now, let me just say that this study only included 28 people, so it's not exactly a ground-breaker (the fewer the people involved in a study, the less useful the study results tend to be). Still, it does present some interesting data that I hope will be followed up in more detail in the future. Because there's not too many of us who don't have a fair amount of stress in our lives. And if that's making my allergies worse, I'd sure like to know, wouldn't you?
Here are the study highlights:
28 men and women participated in the study
Data was collected via questionnaire, skin prick tests, and blood, serum, and saliva samples
Study took place over two half-days
To induce stress, participants were asked to make a videotaped 10-minute speech in front of evaluators and then answer ...
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