Many of today’s school teachers opt for dustless chalk to keep hands and classrooms clean. But according to a recent study, this choice in chalk may cause allergy and asthma symptoms in students that have a milk allergy. Casein, a milk protein, is often used in low-powder chalk. When milk allergic children inhale chalk particles containing casein, life-threatening asthma attacks and other respiratory issues can occur.
Asthma is becoming an epidemic in the United States. The number of Americans diagnosed with asthma grows annually, with 26 million currently affected. According to a new study, nearly two-thirds or more of all asthmatics also have an allergy, which can make this spring season particularly bothersome. The study found that an astonishing 75 percent of asthmatic adults aged 20- to 40-years-old, and 65 percent of asthmatic adults aged 55 years and older, have at least one allergy.
The so-called “cinnamon challenge” is a teenage dare in which one is challenged to ingest a spoonful of dry cinnamon powder without drinking. The challenge invariably leads to gagging and violent coughing, at times with vomiting. To those teens it may seem benign, but the after results may lead to chronic lung disease.
Chirping birds won’t be the only thing heard in the coming spring months. More than 40 million Americans will be sneezing and wheezing thanks to seasonal allergies. Early spring temperatures mean allergy symptoms will be intense and last longer than average.
Two million Americans are allergic to insect stings, an allergy which sends more than 500,000 people to the emergency room annually. Yet, according to a new study, while fire ant allergy sufferers know allergy shots can save their life, more than 60 percent do not adhere to treatment guidelines.