WASHINGTON — This is the sick time of year when a lot of people are walking around with runny noses and watery eyes. Many have the common cold, or perhaps the flu. But a lot…
This week is a tough one for those with allergies. Allergists say the
most recent pollen count in our area sky high and the rain may not be helping.
Peanut allergies are on the rise, forcing a lot of parents to
diligently check food labels. But those labels do not always tell the full story.
President Obama recently signed legislation encouraging states to keep emergency
medicine in schools to give any student who gets a life-threatening allergic
reaction, even if that child has no prescription for the drug. Maryland and Virginia are ahead of the curve.
Food allergies in children have risen 50 percent since the late 1990s, with Maryland and D.C. having some of the highest rates in the country. And no one knows why.
Virginia will soon be one of a growing number of states that uses a national data base to track the sale of Claritin-D and other over-the-counter allergy medicines.