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Top 10 Flowers for Allergy-Free Gardening

Our 10 Garden Greats If years of sniffles, bloodshot, itchy eyes and even wheezing have made paving over the back garden seem an appealing notion, do not despair. These gorgeous flowers are just what the horticulturalist ordered. Many of them propagate with seeds, while those that do make pollen create the kind that does not […]

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What’s the Scoop On: Chemical-resistant Ragweed?

There’s a new strain of ragweed lurking in Canada, and herbicides don’t stand a chance with it. Scientists at the University of Guelph have confirmed that a strain of ragweed resistant to glyphosate, the most effective herbicide for ragweed, has been found in Ontario. But ragweed sufferers take note: according to François Tardif, an associate […]

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Year-Round Allergies Make Ragweed Worse

Study finds you might develop symptoms earlier than others also allergic to ragweed.

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Dog and Cat Allergies Make Ragweed Worse

Scientists are discovering that if you have year-round allergies, for example, dog, cat or dust mite allergies, you’ll be hit extra hard once ragweed season rolls along. The study, which put 123 people with ragweed allergy in a specially-controlled room with their allergen for three hours, found that those who were also allergic to dogs, […]

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Non-Allergic Cat: Soon A Pet To Get

There’s a race on to be the first with a sneeze-free cat.

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Hay Fever’s Hidden Springtime Toll

IT’S EARLY MAY. In a typical workplace where 100 co-workers share close quarters, the droning sounds of keyboarding, shifting chairs and phone conversation are punctuated increasingly by sniffing, staccato sneezing and explosive nose-blowing. Statistics tell us that 40 of these 100 co-workers suffer from hay fever, a condition still dismissed by the unafflicted as “just […]

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Planet Allergy: Climate Change Fuels Allergies

Our increasingly warm Earth is a giant hothouse for allergy and asthma triggers that are evolving and expanding. Acting on global warming will not only save our planet – it will spare human health.

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Trees that Make You Sneeze

Allergic Living’s handy region-by-region field guide to Canada. For the U.S. field guide, see America’s Trees of Allergies. We can blame the deciduous trees’ attempts at procreation for our watery, red-eyed snuffling and other springtime rhinitis symptoms. Catkins, which often appear as elaborate cones or buds, are a tree’s reproductive organs, and they bloom before […]

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The Hay Fever Handbook

All you’ll need to cope with Spring’s misery-making allergies. What is Hay Fever? As with other allergies, seasonal allergic rhinitis is an immune system over-response to a protein, in this case an inhaled pollen or a mould spore. Antibodies are supposed to protect our bodies, to defend, but the immune system of a person predisposed […]

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Ragweed’s Rule

How did the dastardly king of hay fever become so potent and so widespread? Allergic Living investigates. The ragweed in my backyard in the Ottawa Valley waves at me smugly every morning. It has formed a towering wall along the back corner of the small meadow we’ve let flourish as an environmental gesture. All the […]

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