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Archive for the ‘Health and Environment’ Category

The Big Sneeze

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Many of us have heard the old stories of families moving here to Arizona to escape the humidity, pollen, and pollution found in other parts of the country—all in an effort to find relief from allergies.  We either have first-hand knowledge of this great escape, growing up as one of the “transplants,” or have friends who ended up in the Desert Southwest hoping to find an allergy-free haven.

What exactly were the “triggers” of those allergy attacks– the triggers that could cause such desperation?  In the past, we often focused placing blame on plant pollens, dust, animals and stinging insects (wasps, bees, hornets).  A closer look at the science, however, reveals that cockroaches, in fact, are shown to be major triggers of allergies and asthma attacks, too.

History

As far back as 1943, allergies linked to cockroaches were identified. Tests were confirming the link between irritations of the skin and the roaches that had just crawled over test subjects’ hands and arms.  (more…)

Rocky Mountain High

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Few things will bring terror to a dog lover’s life like ticks and the specter of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF).  In Arizona, this is not just an academic study, but a very real concern. A great deal of effort has gone into developing a plan to protect not just your dog, but also the owners and their yards from becoming habitats of the ticks that carry this insidious disease.

What is Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever?  Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF) is a tick borne disease caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii. This organism can be the cause of a potentially fatal human illness and is transmitted directly to humans from the bite of an infected tick species. Once bitten, the typical symptoms include: fever, headache, abdominal pain, vomiting, and muscle pain. A rash may also develop, often after the first few days, although in some patients, the rash never develops at all.  Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be a severe or even fatal illness if not treated in the first few days the symptoms are evident or a diagnosis is made. The most positive aspect to RMSF and other tick borne diseases is that they are all preventable.

The most effective strategy to prevent/control ticks is a multi-phase approach. This approach includes: (more…)

5 Tips to Allergy-proof Your Home

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

You can allergy-proof your home to help alleviate the symptoms asthma and allergy sufferers experience during the allergy season. In addition to taking medications prescribed by your doctor, here are five things you can do to allergy-proof you home: (more…)

Allergies, Asthma and the Importance of Living Pest Free

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

97% of allergists surveyed in a recent survey released in March 2014, conducted by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) consider a pest-free home important to prevent asthma and allergy symptoms. Prevention measures, when taken can help asthma and allergy suffers avoid those things that most commonly activate allergies. (more…)

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