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Surviving Spring Allergies:


Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. A chronic disease can last a long time or occurs often. An allergy occurs when the body’s immune system sees a substance as harmful and overreacts to it. The substances that cause allergic reactions are allergens.

Allergy Statistics

Allergy Facts and Figures

What Are the Types of Allergens?

  • Drug (medicine)
  • Food
  • Insects that sting (bee, wasp, fire ant); bite (mosquito, tick); or are household pests (cockroach and dust mite)
  • Latex
  • Mold
  • Pet (dog or cat urine, saliva and dander)
  • Pollen

Allergy symptoms include itchy eyes and skin, sneezing, nasal congestion, wheezing, and rash. Seasonal allergies result from grass, weed, tree pollen, or molds. Cat and dog dander allergies are common. Food allergies include peanut or milk.

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April 2018 is Alcohol Awareness Month

  
April is Alcohol Awareness Month! is sponsored by National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States: 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence along with several million more who engage in risky, binge drinking patterns that could lead to alcohol problems.

Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer. This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, We encourage you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much.

Alcohol and drug use by young people has increased drasticllay over the past decade and is extremely dangerous--both to themselves and to society--and is directly associated with traffic fatalities, violence, suicide, educational failure, alcohol overdose, unsafe sex and other problem behaviors.

Are you wondering if you have an alcohol problem? Click here to take the self-test to help you review the role that alcohol plays in your life.

Click here to find the closest NCADD Affiliate in your local area.

If you or a loved one needs treatment or other related alcohol and drug services, you can call 800/NCA-CALL (800/622-2255).

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