Molds in Fall – Part 3

If symptoms are severe or unusually persistent, your doctor should probably test you to find out exactly what’s causing the trouble. The real culprit might not be ragweed at all, but another environmental allergen or even certain foods, such as chamomile and banana. Two allergy tests are widely used: A blood test checks for the […]

15 Worst Cities For Ragweed 2015

Fall is officially here, and so are fall allergies. Ragweed usually starts releasing its pollen in late August, but that pollen can linger into the late fall. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about three-quarters of people who are allergic to spring plants are allergic to ragweed. Plus, let’s not forget mold. Mold spores love wet […]

Headaches Caused By Mold

Mold and mycotoxins can contribute to headaches in a number of ways. First, it is well documented that several mycotoxins directly damage the central nervous system. In fact, one of the most powerful biological weapons on earth is a class of mycotoxins called the T-2 mycotoxins. They target the part of the body that most […]

Home Remedies for Head Lice

If your child just got back from an sleepover with friends or school and your child or a parent tells you that one of the kids has lice, there’s no need to panic. While they can spread, they don’t carry disease—and it doesn’t mean that you or your child are in any way “unclean/dirty.” To treat […]

Bee Stings – Part 1

Bee stings are a common outdoor nuisance. In most cases, bee stings are just annoying, and home treatment is all that’s necessary to ease the pain of bee stings. But if you’re allergic to bee stings or you get stung numerous times, you may have a more serious reaction that requires emergency treatment. You can take […]

Pollen Counts

Hundreds of thousands of people suffer from hay fever, and this season is shaping up to be one of the worst in years. The late spring has compressed the season, and there’s been little rain to wash the pollen out of the air. Tree pollen is very large and very obvious, but wild bluegrass and other […]

Can Local Honey Help Allergies?

Some people have suggested that honey consumption may be linked to a reduced risk of allergies, especially when the honey comes from local bees, which presumably visit many of the plants involved in provoking a local allergy sufferer’s symptoms. According to this popular belief, exposure to local honey works somewhat like a vaccine against local […]

Ragweed Allergy – Part 2

How Is It Diagnosed? To identify an allergy to ragweed or one of its relatives, requires a careful medical history, a physical exam and testing. The main approach to confirm a suspected allergy is the skin sensitivity test. For this, the skin is scratched or pricked with extract of ragweed pollen. In sensitive people, the […]

Fall Allergies – Part 2

How Can I Treat My Allergies? There are many medications you can use: Steroid nasal sprays – reduce inflammation in your nose Antihistamines – help stop sneezing, sniffling, and itching Decongestants – help clear mucus out of your nose Antihistamine eye drops Immunotherapy in the form of allergy shots or oral tablets or drops You […]

Histoplasmosis – Part 2

Risk Factors The chances of developing histoplasmosis symptoms increase with the number of spores you inhale. Professions with a higher likelihood of spore exposure include: Farmers Pest control workers Poultry keepers Construction workers Roofers Landscapers and gardeners Most at Risk of Severe Infection Very young children and older adults have weaker immune systems, so they’re […]