Celebrating the Ultimate Gift of Life -- Through Organ Donation
In celebration of national Donate Life Month, Allegheny General Hospital's Transplant Program brought families of organ donors, living donors and transplant recipients together for a beautiful ceremony recognizing all of those who have bestowed the gift of life to another human being through organ donation. KDKA's David Crawley was there and put together a wonderful tribute these heroic individuals. Watch it here! Learn more about our services at: http://www.wpahs.org/specialties/tran...
‘You better watch out’ for allergy and asthma triggers this holiday season; AGH allergist offers tips to keep the celebration enjoyable
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
- People with latex allergies should beware the poinsettia, which is part of the same plant family as the rubber tree. Touching or even standing near a poinsettia can lead to wheezing, skin rashes, or even more serious symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest pain.
- Both live and artificial Christmas trees can harbor mold and pollen. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommends washing the trees outside with a garden hose or use a leaf blower to help remove some of the pollen. Some people may be allergic to terpene, a substance in the tree’s sap, and will want to wear gloves when handling the tree. Store artificial trees in an air-tight bag.
- Any type of decoration stored in the attic or basement can gather dust and mold. Clean each item thoroughly before displaying.
- Artificial snow from aerosol cans can trigger attacks, as can scented candles and potpourri.
- When people gather indoors, that’s when viruses are likely to be passed around. Make sure you’ve had a flu shot and keep stress under control by taking time for yourself if needed.
- When spending the holidays at a friend’s or relative’s house, be alert to possible allergens in food such as milk, eggs, nuts or shellfish. Be sure to pack your medication, and take your own pillows and mattress covers if necessary.