IT’S EARLY MAY. In a typical Canadian 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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Spring America’s Trees of Allergies - Allergic Living‘s field guide to U.S. tree pollen allergies. The Trees of Sneeze - Allergic Living‘s field guide to Canadian pollen allergies. Hay Fever Handbook – Everything you’ll need to know about managing Spring allergies. All About Eye Allergies – Weeping, itching and rubbing. How do you find relief? Gardening with […]
In autumn, it’s an allergic onslaught. Ragweed and molds are in procreating mode, filling the air with nasty pollens and spores. Allergic Living magazine examines the season’s biggest offenders, and offers tips to keep the sneezing, watery eyes and general misery at bay. Ragweed Of the sources of autumn allergy misery,ragweed is by far the […]
For those with grass allergy, a lush lawn can be the bane of summer. Grass allergy is one of the most common pollen allergies, up there with the birch tree and ragweed. In the central and northern United States and Canada, grass generally pollinates in May, June and July. If the Kleenex box is […]