MLA Articles

Anaphylaxis

What is Anaphylaxis? Anaphylaxis is an acute and very severe allergic reaction. Minute amounts of allergens may cause a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction. It can occur within seconds or minutes of exposure to something you are allergic to. Anaphylaxis may occur after ingestion, skin contact, injection of an allergen or, in some cases, inhalation. Anaphylactic shock, the most severe type of [...]

Animal Allergy

  Household pets are the most common source of allergic reactions to animals. 15-30% of people with allergies have an allergy to dogs, cats, or other animals. Cats are the most common cause for pet allergies and approximately 10 million people in the United States are allergic to cats. Pet allergies are caused by an immune system response to proteins [...]

Asthma

What is Asthma? Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways (the tubes that carry air into and out of your lungs). Asthma causes recurrent wheezing , chest tightness, shortness of breath, and cough. Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts in childhood. In the United States, more than 22 million people [...]

Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD)

What is COPD? COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a progressive lung disease that causes coughing, sputum production, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms. COPD is a major cause of disability, and it’s the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. More than 12 million people are currently diagnosed with COPD. An additional 12 [...]

Dust Mite Allergy

Avoidance Strategies for Dust Mite Allergy   What is a Dust Mite?    

Food Allergy

  Although many people have bad reactions to certain foods, a true food allergy – a reaction triggered by the immune system – isn’t as common as you might think. But, the number of people who have a food allergy is growing. About 2 percent of adults and 6 percent of children have a true food allergy. Far more people [...]

Mold Allergy

What it is… and Isn’t If you have a respiratory mold allergy, your immune system overreacts when you breathe in mold spores. This reaction triggers a cascade of reactions that lead to allergy symptoms. Like other respiratory allergies, mold allergy can make you cough, make your eyes itch and cause other symptoms that make you miserable. In some people, mold [...]

Pollen Allergy

  Hay fever (Allergic Rhinitis) is the most common of the allergic diseases and refers to seasonal nasal symptoms that are due to pollens. One of the most obvious features of pollen allergy is its seasonal nature; people experience symptoms only when the pollen grains to which they are allergic are in the air. Each plant has a pollinating period [...]

Stinging Insect Allergy

  Allergic reactions to flying stinging insects (honeybees, hornets, wasps and yellow jackets) are relatively common. The severity of an insect sting reaction varies from person to person. A normal reaction will result in pain, swelling and redness confined to the sting site. Wash with soap and water and apply ice to reduce the swelling. A large local reaction occurs [...]

Sleep Hygiene

Tips for a better night’s sleep Below are some essentials of good sleep habits. Many of these points will seem like common sense. But it is surprising how many of these important points are ignored by many of us. Your Personal Habits   Your Sleep Environment   Getting Ready For Bed