Thursday, May 14, 2009

Allergy Season is EVERY Season!

Are you one of the 26.1 million people who suffer from seasonal allergies? Do you start sneezing, itching and sniffling when plants bloom and release pollens into the air? Maybe your "allergy season" is in early spring, while your neighbor doesn't start sneezing until September.

Confused? no wonder. Allergy season can be ANY season. Some people are sensitive to the pollens that are released in early spring when buds begin sprouting on many trees. Others aren't bothered until early autumn when weeds are flourishing. "Hay fever," "pollinosis," and "seasonal allergic rhinitis" are a few of the names for allergies that are caused by pollens.

May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and the Youth Services "On the Path to Good Health" exhibit features books about the respiratory system and some ideas that will help allergy victims avoid exposure to pollens. "On the Path to Good Health" is supported by Kaiser Permanente and the Santa Clara City Library Foundation and Friends.
posted by jtb