Seasonal Pollen – Part 2

A pollen count, which is familiar to many people from local weather reports, is a measure of how much pollen is in the air. This count represents the concentration of all the pollen, expressed as grains of pollen per cubic meter of air collected over 24 hours. This count is generated by certified Pollen Counters […]

Allergy: Disease & Symptoms – Part 2

Symptoms of Allergic Disease A variety of symptoms can result from IgE-mediated hypersensitivity and resultant exposure to histamine and other mediators. The most common are allergic rhinitis and allergic rhino-conjunctivitis, or essentially, runny itchy noses and eyes. Symptoms include: sneezing, itching nose, eyes, ears and palate, rhinorrhea (runny nose), postnasal drip, congestion, the inability to […]

Allergy: Disease & Symptoms – Part 1

Introduction Allergic disease is among the most common illnesses associated with indoor air exposure. Approximately 35% of the population has the ability to develop allergies to environmental proteins. In some populations this percentage is higher. For many, exposure to dust mite proteins is the precipitating factor inducing sensitization. In others (for example in California), grass […]

Mold In Infancy Raises Asthma Risks

Infants raised in a home with moldy areas may be more likely to develop childhood asthma. A new study shows that infants who lived in moldy homes were nearly three times more likely to have childhood asthma by age 7.“Early life exposure to mold seems to play a critical role in childhood asthma development,” researcher […]