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Allergies And Climate Change: Where There’s Smoke, There’s Probably Fire

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     Until this month, I only associated the word ‘bootleg’ with the era of ‘Prohibition’ (of alcohol) during the ‘Roaring Twenties’ (1920s) and with a quarterback play during football games.  However, historians and those with allergies and asthma will record and remember this month for the ‘Bootleg Fire’—named for the location in Oregon—Bootleg Spring– that is […]

Allergic Reactions to the Sun: Some Light On The Subject

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     Earlier this month, a physician whom I’ve known since our high school days called me to ask my thoughts about a chronic bumpy rash on sun-exposed areas of one of his co-workers.  Besides quoting the phrase ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ (which, by the way, is attributed to an early 20th century American […]

Pet Dander Reduction: Trying To Get To Hypoallergenic

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Approximately 50% of households have pets based on statistics from animal food suppliers. The dander from the pet is the major culprit that causes allergic symptoms.  Dander is composed of microscopic skin cells shed by cats, dogs, rodents and birds.  The American Lung Association describes pet allergens as light in weight and jagged in shape. […]