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10+ Asthma Triggers to Avoid

10+ Asthma Triggers to Avoid

People with asthma may suffer an asthma attack if they are exposed to certain triggers, which tend to vary from person to person. The following are the most common culprits.
Pollen and Mold
Outdoor allergens include pollen and mold. Allergy season, when pollen counts are highest, varies depending on where you live.

Ask the Doctor: Mold-Free Foods; Low-Salt Alternatives

Q: I’m allergic to mold. Which foods should I avoid and which should I eat?

A: If you’ve been diagnosed with a foodborne mold allergy—a form of fungi—then work with your health-care provider to develop a healthier dietary plan. You also may want to test eliminating specific foods, to see if

1. Introduction to Arthritis

If you have pain, stiffness, warmth, swelling, or redness in a joint or joints, you may well have arthritis. Arthritis is defined as inflammation of one or more joints. It is the most common cause of disability in the United States, affecting more than 54 million Americans (about one in

Cystic Fibrosis: Understanding a Genetic Respiratory Disease

Cystic Fibrosis: Understanding a Genetic Respiratory Disease

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic or inherited disease of the mucus and sweat glands. It affects approximately 30,000 Americans, leading to chronic health problems and premature death. Advances in treatment, however, have dramatically improved outcomes in the past 20 years.

In people with cystic fibrosis, or CF, the mucus produced by

The Truth About Expiration Dates

There are two types of dates that may be stamped onto food products. By knowing what food product dates mean and which foods can be eaten past their prime, you’ll feel more confident the next time you read the fine print at the supermarket.

“Best by” or “use by” date: This

Fruit Wash: Does It Work Better Than Plain Water?

Fruit Wash: Does It Work Better Than Plain Water?

Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet means stocking up on fresh fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, produce often doesn’t come ready to eat. They must be thoroughly washed before cooking and/or eating them to protect you and your family from food poisoning. In fact, between 1998 and 2008, produce caused nearly

Cold vs. Allergies: What’s the Difference?

Cold vs. Allergies: What’s the Difference?

Ah-ah-ah-CHOO! You’re sneezing again. It’s that time of year when every other person seems to have the sniffles—nasal congestion, a runny nose, and frequent sneezing. These common symptoms most often are caused by two conditions that can be difficult to tell apart: allergies and the common cold. When it comes

5. Asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease that often starts in childhood but can occur for the first time in adulthood, even later in life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 18.4 million adults and 6.2 million children in the United States have asthma.
Asthma causes inflammation in the

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