Seniors learn about asthma

A breakfast seminar took place April 27 at the Boston Chinese Evangelical Church. Mrs. Lee talked about preparing for allergy season. (Image courtesy of South Cove Manor.)
中華頤養院在4月30日在波士頓華人佈道會120所物街樓宇舉辦早餐講座。來自中城家庭健康服務社的利太講師向到場的約四十位長者普及了過敏的知識與預防。(圖片來自中華頤養院。)

A breakfast seminar took place April 27 at the Boston Chinese Evangelical Church, hosted by South Cove Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. About 40 to 50 seniors learned about allergies.

An allergy occurs when a person’s immune system reacts to substances in the environment that are harmless for most people. When atopic people are exposed to allergens they can develop an immune reaction that leads to allergic inflammation (redness and swelling).

The most common symptoms of an allergy are coughing, itchy eyes, sneezing, sore throat and runny nose.

People can be allergic to different types of food. The best way to prevent an allergic reaction is to know and avoid foods that cause signs and symptoms. People are commended to read the label and to know what they’re eating and drinking. Also, talking to a doctor about allergies is the best thing to do.

People can also have allergies to indoor and outdoor environments. These can include dust, pets, indoor molds, pollen and molds. Allergies to pets with fur are common, especially among people who have other allergies or asthma. Cat allergies are about twice as common as dog allergies. The best treatment is to avoid contact with cats or dogs or the areas where they live. Keep pets out of the home. If possible, try to avoid visiting homes with pets that you are allergic to.

The next breakfast seminar will take place May 25 at 9:30 a.m. at the same location. Dr. William Kou will discuss cardiovascular health.

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