Lifestyle Tips

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Tip #1

Buying a cat? Think long and hard about it if you are allergic. It's not a good idea. But if you can't live without one, pick a light colored one. Dark colored cats are four times more likely than light colored ones to cause intense allergic reactions. They produce more of a protein that triggers sneezing, watery eyes and chest tightness in people allergic to cats.

Tip #2

If you get stung by a bee, you can ease the discomfort with meat tenderizer, sold in supermarkets. It contains the enzyme papain which breaks down proteins in insect venom. Mix one-half teaspoon of papain-containing tenderizer (such as Adolph's) with enough water or vinegar to make a paste. Apply the paste to the sting and keep it on aslong as the pain persists. However, if you feel faint, panicky or short of breath or develop a rash, go to an emergency room Immediately. You may be experiencing a serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.

Tip #3

Did you know that some people with ragweed allergies may have a "'cross- reaction"' to melons such as watermelon, honeydew, or cantaloupe? And some people with tree pollen allergies might have a "cross-reaction" to fruits like cherries, apples, pears, and peaches.

Tip #4

If your child is missing school due to allergies, he or she has company ...9,999 others are also absent on a typical school day for the same reason.

Tip #5

Ragweed is about as hardy a plant as you can find. It grows on every continent except Antarctica.

Tip #6

Mold spores are so small that 250,000 of them can fit on the head of a pin. How to get rid of them? They all need water to grow, so work on the water problem. Fix leaky pipes around tubs and sinks, vent bathrooms, reduce indoor humidity with air conditioners and dehumidifiers. And don't install carpet where you have a persistent moisture problem.

Tip #7

Asthma has a greater impact on women than men. A survey of 2000 found that 9.1% of women had asthma to 5.1% of men. Of the more than 500 women studied, 56% have had an attack that led them to an ER. So, especially if you're female, don't put your asthma on the back burner. Take time to manage it now.