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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Dr. Oz -Weather causes 'Fake Allergies Attacks' and Thunderstorms Cause Asthma Attacks

Dr. Oz

I saw something interesting on the Dr. Oz show, he was talking about how changes in weather can affect your health. One of the things they talked about was a 'fake allergy attack.' The guest on his show was talking about what can happen when there is a sudden drop in temperatures-say 10 to 20 degrees in an hour.

Dr. Oz explains what happens inside the nose, but I can't tell it as good as he does, so if you want to watch the story, click here.

He also talks about how thunderstorms can trigger asthma attacks. The wind gusts that come before thunderstorms are often filled with dust and pollen. And guess what happens when we breathe all of that in? Yep, the Drama Queen Effect-our bodies over react and cause an asthma attack.

He also showed a stretch that has been shown to reduce asthma attacks. You put your hands above your head, lace your fingers together (palm side up) and stretch. I would like to find the research on that, or at least know how to spell the name of the stretch. You'll have to watch the video and let me know what you think.

He also suggested a few other things to avoid an asthma attack during a thunderstorm:

  • Close the windows in your house to keep the dust and pollen out
  • Put the windows up in the car, and shut the vents
It seems like I find out new things about allergies and asthma all of the time. Good to know too, in case we need to protect ourselves from a thunderstorm or sudden drop in temperatures.


  1. Although he's right that wind and pressure drops can cause asthma attacks, Dr. Oz is a quack.

  2. He's interesting....any time I heard anything about asthma, I like to check it out and see if there's anything new-