Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:18 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:18:45 GMT
Authorities said a 15-year-old girl may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old girl dead Monday afternoon. The crash happened onMore >>
Authorities said a 15-year-old may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old dead.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >>
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:38 GMT
A widespread power outage has affected a large portion of Ascension Parish. Small portions of neighboring parishes are also affected. As of 5:40 p.m., the Entergy website reported 20,981 homes andMore >>
A widespread power outage affected a large portion of Ascension Parish and part of EBR Parish Monday. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:00:58 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
By Jordan Walden | LSU Student
With spring air comes the allergens.
Timothy Honigman, chief of staff at LSU's Student Health Center, notes the allergy season started abnormally early this year.
"We have seen many more cases of allergies this year, starting in late January and early February. This is odd, because it is usually too cold for plants to bloom in the winter."
Honigman says oak tree pollen currently is the most prevalent allergen. Oak trees normally begin to pollinate in mid-March but began blooming in late January this year.
"As the weather warms, more plants will begin to bloom, and ligustrum pollen will become more of a problem."
For mild or moderate allergy symptoms, allergy sufferers can take advantage of many over-the-counter drugs, previously only available with a prescription. Honigman suggests Zyrtec to his patients. For those with more severe allergy symptoms, Honigman advises seeing an allergist.
Honigman also recommends keeping the home free of allergens by changing the air filter and vacuuming to eradicate air of dust and dust mites. Allergy sufferers also should avoid spending time outdoors when there is a high pollen count. To find out the daily pollen count in one's area, visit pollen.com for an allergy forecast.
Symptoms of an allergy attack include sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and a runny nose. Honigman cautions patients not to dismiss something more serious as an allergy attack.
"Oftentimes, allergy sufferers will confuse an allergy attack with an infection. The difference is an infection causes fever and discolored mucus, and allergens do not."
The LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans researches allergies and notes that a study in 2010 showed Vitamin D an effective agent in preventing an allergy.
Animals also suffer from allergies. Dogs and cats often catch allergies from fleas, foods and airborne allergens such as pollen and dust.
But allergic reactions in pets are quite different, says Joseph Taboada, professor of Veterinary Medicine, pointing out that humans react with sinus and nasal symptoms, whereas dogs and cats react by itching.
Taboada suggests pet owners look for pets licking or chewing on themselves or rubbing against furniture to determine if they have allergies. "It is important to treat allergies soon, because animals scratching and rubbing themselves can lead to skin infections."
To deter pet allergies, pet owners can use over-the-counter products, like antihistamines, but Taboada advises seeing a veterinarian first.