Under Attack: Hidden Allergy Triggers

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allergies from animal dander is to remove the pet from the home and avoid any contact. However if that’s not possible, avoid or reduce contact with the animal.

When a thunderstorm rolls through, prepare for an allergy attack. Why? The winds stir up both mold spores and tiny particles released by pollen grains on the ground, causing them to release tiny particles — particles that are 1,000 times smaller than the pollen grains, says Weber. “The particles don’t show up on any pollen count. But a wave of cold air will sweep the stuff off the ground — blow it just high enough to hit people in the face.” Because the particles are so tiny, they are inhaled deeply into the cause of allergies — not the roaches themselves. The American Academy of Asthma and Immunology suggests sealing foods in tight-lidded containers, vacuuming and sweeping after meals, and taking out the garbage frequently to avoid roaches.