May 7, 2016 |
Q: I seem to be allergic to latex, as I get a rash whenever I put on dishwashing gloves - but I want to paint my living room. Are there other environmentally safe options to latex paint? - K A: I am very sorry you have to deal with this. Allergic responses to latex products aren't unusual, but they can range from a very serious reaction to an irritating rash. If you suspect you're allergic to latex, you should visit a doctor. The good news - as far as your living room goes - is that what we've been calling "latex" paint hasn't had real latex in it for a long time.
April 18, 2016 |
Aaaaa-choo! At least a quarter of the U.S. population has allergies. Billions of dollars are spent on treatment and lost workdays. Sufferers often endure agonies of sneezing, runny noses, itchy eyes, coughing, and other symptoms. These reactions can be brought on any time of year by dogs, cats, molds, cockroaches, dust mites, and much, much more, alas. In summer, grasses can be a major culprit. In fall, weeds. Right now, we're in the season of tree pollen. Keep the tissues handy.
April 7, 2016 |
Question: My mother and I have been at odds for the last five years about her cats. My now 11-year-old son has allergies to cats, his eyes swell shut, and he becomes incredibly congested. He was 1 when he was diagnosed. My mother had no cats then, and never seemed to want one. Now she has two. My family lives 1,000 miles away, and before the cats, we would visit regularly. About four years ago, we visited, but my son became very sick due to his allergy, and we had to leave early.
August 24, 2015 |
There are a lot of things Sean Hartmann likes about his job as a tree trimmer. It pays well, and the roadsides where he works are often beautiful, especially in the spring and fall. But he definitely does not love poison ivy. It's everywhere. Hairy vines the size of his forearm climb the trees he must cut. Even if he can manage not to touch it, it winds up on the chain saw and in the wood chipper. Fragments fly all around him. Until this year, the result was constantly blistered, oozing skin.
December 27, 2013 |
Burton Zweiman, 82, of Haverford, longtime chair of the allergy and immunology division at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, died Tuesday, Dec. 24, at his home. The death, possibly from heart failure, was sudden for Dr. Zweiman, who had remained active in personal and professional affairs, said his daughter Amy Harwood. Dr. Zweiman, formerly of Wynnewood, served as president of the American Academy of Asthma and Immunology, chairman of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, and editor of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
June 22, 2013 |
Despite a painful past marked by time in Nazi labor and concentration camps, relatives said, Peter Siegler's warm and humorous personality never hardened. Dr. Siegler, 89, of Haverford, died Wednesday, June 5, of heart disease at his Naples, Fla., townhouse. The Hungarian native's first impression of America came in 1945, when he was starving and sick after spending about six months in a concentration camp in Austria during his 20s. He was liberated by soldiers, and when he asked for a smoke, a GI handed him not just one cigarette but a pack of Camels.
June 16, 2013
By Dr. Christopher C. Chang, a pediatric allergist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children, in Wilmington. Children born outside the United States have significantly lower odds of developing allergic disorders, including asthma, eczema, hay fever, and food allergies, researchers reported recently. Their study, in JAMA Pediatrics, also found that kids born outside the U.S. who have lived here longer than 10 years had significantly higher odds of developing any allergic disorders, including eczema and hay fever, than those who resided here for only 0 to 2 years.
May 3, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Parents are reporting more skin and food allergies in their children, a government survey found. Experts are not sure what is behind the increase. Could it be that children are growing up in households so clean that it leaves them more sensitive to things that can trigger allergies? Or are mom and dad paying closer attention? "We don't really have the answer," said Lara Akinbami of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the senior author of the report released Thursday.
April 1, 2013
New hope for allergy sufferers For those with allergies and asthma, a new under-the-tongue treatment to desensitize the immune system to allergens may hold promise, finds a review of 63 studies in last week's Journal of the American Medical Association. Used in Europe and Asia, sublingual immunotherapy administers traditional treatments, usually given as shots, in the form of pills or drops that dissolve under the tongue. The idea is the same: Expose the immune system to extracts of substances causing an allergy until it builds tolerance.
September 17, 2012
By Terri Faye Brown-Whitehorn In a typical classroom of 20 children, one is likely to have a food allergy that could cause a severe reaction. And one in six children with a food allergy will have his or her first allergic reaction at school. Despite growing awareness of food allergies, tragedies continue to occur. Earlier this year, a Virginia 7-year-old, Ammaria Johnson, ate a peanut at recess and died from a severe allergic reaction. Epinephrine, a medication that may have been able to save Ammaria's life, was not available at her school.