Dr Oz: Allergy Season Survival Guide
It’s that time of year again. You have coughing, wheezing, sneezing and suffer from itchy watery eyes. Say hello to seasonal allergies. Experts predict that this year will be the worst allergy season ever. Thanks to a wet summer and a mild winter, plants are blooming early and pollen counts are sky rocketing. On today’s show, Dr Oz is joined by Allergist, Dr. Clifford Basset to give you the 2 main types of allergies and how you can alleviate the irritating symptoms. You should also checkout this Anti-Allergy Plan that Dr Oz spoke about on a previous show.
Dr Oz: Tree Pollen Allergies
Tree pollen allergies come from maple, birch and oak trees.
It’s also found in flowers. You can be allergic to a different variety of flowers, but did you know one of the biggest culprits is the sunflower, which contains million of pollen grains? The good news is that some sunflowers are pollen free.
Dr Oz: Pollen Allergy Symptoms
You may have symptoms of pollen allergies include itchy eyes, stuffy nose and excessive rapid fire sneezing. (This is that type of sneezing that the guy sitting next to me in closed quarters always seems to have—you know, sneezing five or six times in succession.) Itchy eyes can sometimes be red and watery.
Dr Oz: Mold Allergies
Even though you can’t smell or taste it, mold allergies are at an all time high. One out of every ten people are allergic to mold spores. Mold accumulates after rain storms when mold counts are higher.
Dr Oz: Mold Allergy Symptoms
Symptoms of mold allergies may include a persistent nasal congestion, a postnasal drip and excessive coughing, which can worsen in the evening.
Have you emphasized the importance of increasing awareness of the health effects of exposure to indoor molds, such as aspergillus, penicillium, cladasporium, stachybotrys, etc? These molds grow on wet/damp building products (sheetrock/gypsum wallboard) and can cause significant heath effects on individuals living and working in indoor environments that have had repeated water intrusion.
This is an important issue that is not understood nor recognized by the medical community.
It is time to help doctors look at these possible reasons for persistent health complaints where the cause is not well explained. As long as only the symptoms are treated, the patients will continue to suffer as the exposure continues. A very important health issue! Please!
Joanne, I have been worried about indoor mold. I see it on the top of the dirt in my house plants, and when I had a few seed starts in my window, mold grew on the outside of the bio-degradable containers. Is there some way of testing our home for this? Is it expensive? My husband has this nagging cough too. I’m wondering if that is mold related.