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151201ChristmasTreeAllergy-325For many, bringing a fresh Christmas tree into the house signals the season of holidays. But when the tree goes up, some people start to experience allergic-like symptoms and may worry that the tree is at fault.

Is there such thing as a Christmas tree allergy? The answer is complex and a number of things could be to blame:

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From heating foods to boiling to crossing pollen with fruit, scientists are working on new and interesting ways to help those with food or oral allergies prevent severe reactions. Here’s a look into some of the research.

Milk and egg allergy research

It might seem counterintuitive to give a patient with a food allergy that particular food. But studies show that doing so may actually help patients tolerate them. Such seems to be the case in children who’ve been given highly heated milk or eggs on a regular basis.


Summer is here, and for many families that means camping! If you or your child has asthma or allergies, follow these simple tips to ensure that your camping trip is a success:

  • Air out the tent before your trip, and check the tent and any tarps for mold. Use liquid bleach diluted with hot water to remove any mold.
  • At the campsite, find a grassy spot to set up your tent. If you are allergic to grass, find a cleared area, but avoid stirring up a lot of dirt.
  • If you are weed pollen allergic, beware of camping in open meadows in July and August.
  • Campfires can be significant irritants for those with asthma and allergies. Try to sit farther from the fire, move away if the wind starts blowing smoke toward you. And change your clothes after sitting near the campfire.
  • Bees, yellow jackets and other stinging insects often hover near campsites. If you are allergic to stings, always bring along an Epi Pen and antihistamine. Avoid sugary drinks and the wearing of scents and bright colors, which attract stinging insects.
  • Most importantly, bring all your asthma and allergy medications with you, even those you might not think you’ll need. For asthmatic patients, consider bringing along a back-up supply of prednisone in case of an asthma attack.

Asthma symptoms can be dramatically reduced by making your bedroom a dog-and-cat-free zone.

Just because you have asthma doesn't mean you have to give up Fifi or Fido - but it wouldn't hurt. Simply shutting your bedroom door and creating a furry-friend-free zone can do wonders for those with asthma, lessening symptoms five fold.

Furry friends are just one of the many asthma triggers that can be curtailed in the home, according to a recent study summarized by the Oregon Public Health Division and Oregon Health Authority. By removing triggers - dust mites, pests, rodents, mold, second-hand smoke and furry pets - asthma sufferers are more likely to breathe easier.


altBack-to-school tips

Follow these tips to ensure a smooth transition from summer to school for children who have allergies or asthma: