April 12, 2005 |
Allergy season has arrived with a bang - and a sniffle. Tree pollen blasted the Philadelphia region last week, reaching the extreme range as measured by air sampling. The heavy dose spewed forth after a wet and unusually cool March gave way suddenly to warmer temperatures and longer days. The pollen explosion won't go unnoticed. The number of allergy sufferers appears to be growing across the Philadelphia region, and one theory suggests that children's immune systems may not be developing as they should.
March 9, 1998 |
Steve Kanya has been in business 21 years and this, he says, is bound to be his busiest ever. "This is the year I've been waiting for," he said. He's happy as a clam. Happy as a pig in mud. Why, he's as happy as an exterminator after an El Nino winter. That's because Kanya owns Steve's Bug Off and the Insectarium, a bug museum, on Frankford Avenue. "We, as exterminators, are going to have a fantastic season," Kanya said. You, as a homeowner, may not be so overjoyed to learn that the payoff for our warm winter, courtesy of El Nino, is an anticipated onslaught of bugs.
May 14, 1998 |
Last Thursday, when Ian Riley started sneezing and could not stop, his parents called allergist Donald Dvorin for an appointment. Yesterday, Dvorin managed to squeeze him in at his Mount Laurel office. The physician gave the Cherry Hill teen a couple of squirts of Astelin, a nasal spray, and the sneezing stopped. "This is the worst allergy season in my life," said Riley, 14. If it feels like the worst allergy season to Riley, that is only because it very well might be one of the worst allergy seasons in decades, certainly in many allergists' memories.
June 13, 2002 |
Allergens trapped in the air, carpet and chair upholstery at Gateway Regional High School are the likely cause of a red rash that has alarmed parents and landed about 90 students in the nurse's office since May, officials said at a Board of Education meeting yesterday. The rash at Gateway was the first reported in New Jersey schools, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Senior Services, Marilyn Riley, said yesterday. Yet it was just one of many types that have had students nationwide itching since October.
July 30, 1991 |
William Pollen, the globe-hopping doctor who admitted using fake identities and phony passports to dodge IRS investigators, was such a master at hiding his income that it may take three days of testimony to determine just how much he cheated on his taxes. Pollen, 68, pleaded guilty in May to income tax evasion and could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison when a sentencing hearing, which began yesterday, ends in U.S. District Court in Camden. Pollen, a former orthopedic surgeon from North Jersey, was accused of either underreporting his income or failing to pay taxes for a total of 10 years, beginning in 1967.
April 3, 2011 |
The cold and gloomy stairway with its grit-covered steps was forbidding, but the man in the suit making his way to the roof was undeterred. A public-health nemesis was on the loose, and Donald J. Dvorin was on the trail of the elusive evidence. Dvorin is a full-time allergist, but he's also a part-time, volunteer detective. Consulting a homely rooftop machine atop his Center City office building, he's the one who figures out the region's daily pollen counts. And in recent years, they have taken on a fresh importance.
August 24, 1989 |
This summer's near-record rainfall may serve as an alert for hay fever victims, some allergy experts say. Paul Reber, retired horticulture agent at the Penn State Cooperative Extension Service in Montgomery County, said the plants that affected hay fever would certainly be much healthier this year, considering the abundance of rain. "We've had perfect growing conditions this summer, which are sure to multiply the number of pollen-producing flowers," he said. Agronomy Extension agent Timothy Fritz said, however, that more rain this summer might actually help those with allergies.
August 25, 1997 |
Michelle Robertson assumed it was a nasty cold that kept showing up every year around this time. She had days when she would sneeze her head off. She had trouble driving. She missed time from her job as a medical assistant at a doctor's office, and when she did show up, the patients would look at her red, swollen eyes and give her friendly advice: See a doctor. She did. "I just couldn't take it anymore," said Robertson, 25, who lives in Yardley. She learned that, as with about 20 percent of the population, she was allergic to pollen.
May 19, 1999 |
Dr. Allan Koff doesn't mow his own lawn anymore. Like many of his patients, he's allergic to the pollen that bursts from the trees around Philly every spring. "First it's the oak, then sycamore," he says, "and then comes dogwood - and the rest are close behind. " "That's how I got out of mowing the lawn," adds Koff, an internist with the Albert Einstein Health Care Network in the Northeast. Right now the long-needled pine is dumping yellow pollen onto windshields and sidewalks across the city.
June 1, 1989 |
Bumblebees wallowing salaciously in the saffron powder of fertility may be drunk with the joy of springtime flora, but pollen is making a lot of humans feel like hell. Mud-filled sinuses. Poison-ivy eyes. Tissue abrasions of the nose. Squall- warning sneezes that alarm the neighbors. Experts say that this is a faint variation of the misery to come in late summer when ragweed blows through town, afflicting two-thirds of allergy sufferers. Information like this is as useless as a vial of expired antihistamines to anyone who is allergic to tree and grass pollen.