Health Watch - Allergies: Indoor Allergens

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about allergies. Although in springtime we like to blame pollen from grass, trees and weeds for hay fever, there are things inside your house that can cause allergies year-round.

Inner-city children are especially prone to allergies and asthma. Dr. Rebecca Gruchalla, an allergist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says indoor allergens play a big role in how severe asthma is for these children. Housekeeping measures to reduce exposure to indoor allergens can keep children from having as many severe asthma attacks. Measures include encasing mattresses and pillows with allergen-resistant covers, removing carpet from the bedroom, using air filters, stopping water leaks and covering or discarding food that might draw roaches. Exposure to tobacco smoke can also lead to asthma attacks in children.

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May 2011


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