Asthma and Allergy Trivia, Since I Overslept

I had a post half-started for today but the girls’ schools let out last week, day camp doesn’t start until next week, and I am late, late, late.

It feels like a trivia kind of morning.

Who says asthma and allergies can’t be fun? Or mildly entertaining, at least.

1. Dark-colored cats are way more likely to cause allergies than light-colored ones.

2. Ragweed grows everywhere except Antarctica.

3. There are no dust mites there, either.

4. It is impossible to be allergic to sugars or fats, since the allergic response is triggered by protein.

5. Paper mulberry trees are among the worst in the world for pollen allergies. So bad, in fact, that one Pakistani city is looking at cutting down and replacing each one since many residents experience severe allergies and for some, even acute respiratory failure, every spring.

6. Adults generally take 7 million+ breaths every year.

Want more? This site has some great facts, but they’re mixed in with treatment tips so you’ve got to do a little searching.

6 responses to “Asthma and Allergy Trivia, Since I Overslept”

  1. Asthmagirl says:

    Wild stab in the dark here…
    1. T
    2. F
    3. T
    4. T
    5. F
    6. What the heck… True

    I thought about you Saturday while my dad was telling me the air in Beijing was fine. See that post for deets!

  2. wendy says:

    Oh, I thought everything was true! Was especially interested in the protein allergy, since my granddaughter is sensitive to (not allergic to) milk protein.
    Have a good week.

  3. Amy says:

    Yep, they’re all true, actually. Antarctica is the place to be, apparently–too bad the conditions that make it inhospitable for ragweed and dust mites mean it pretty much sucks for humans, too.

  4. freadom says:

    Cats. Hey. I have a major question for you. My wife and children have found a neigborhood cat in dire need of a home. They ask me 100 times a day if they can have the cat. It is a dark cat. Get the idea. They think i they ask me enough, that I will say yet..

    What is your recommendation as an “asthma mon.”

    Should I give in? What do you think?

  5. Amy says:

    Ooh, I am so not a cat person, but I left my 2 cents over at your place.

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