Category: Spring Allergies

The Top 10 Pollutants That Cause Indoor Allergies

Household Cleaners Can Cause Indoor AllergiesWhen seasonal allergies bring on sneezing, coughing and nasal congestion you may be tempted to stay inside to avoid pollen and blooming flowers. However, that may not be the only thing that is aggravating your allergies. Did you know that the environment indoors may actually be worse for your allergies than the environment outside your door?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently stated that a growing body of scientific evidence indicates that “air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.” That is troubling because according to the EPA, people in the United States spend “approximately 90 percent of their time indoors.”

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Allergies Not as Bad this Year? Here’s Why.

Birch Tree PollenThis spring, on the eastern coast of the United States, we have not witnessed tree pollen spikes as we have in prior years. This is not to say that those suffering from tree pollen allergies will not be or were not affected this year. They most likely will. However, due to unpredicted weather changes, tree pollen spikes did not rise to anticipated levels.

Here’s Why.

It has to do with unseasonably cold temperatures.

 

 

We’ve had cold spells this spring that have basically divided what is typically a harsh tree pollen season into two, less extreme sub-seasons.

In March, we experienced temperatures in the 80’s which caused cherry blossoms to bloom earlier than expected and tree pollen counts to spike to 2-3x beyond their daily averages. It appeared that we were in for a long pollen season.

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Sleep Apnea is Probable Cause of Hoboken Train Crash

Last Fall, we spoke a bit about sleep apnea and its potential role in the Hoboken (NJ) train crash that killed a woman standing …

How to Know If Your Child Has Dust Allergies?

When children return to school in August or September, they may pick up any number of illnesses from their classmates or …

Nosebleeds: Why We Get Them and the Proper Way to Treat Them

Nosebleeds can be frightening, especially when your own child suffers one. However, most are not serious. Some will stop …