Food Allergy Reactions and the Asthmatic. For some asthmatics, common food allergies such as a peanut allergy can trigger a sudden asthma attack. Immediate reactions to certain products are potentially life threatening and can occasionally result in the onset of anaphylactic shock. Continue reading “Food Allergy Reactions and the Asthmatic” »
Avoiding drugs that could precipitate an asthma attack (or, in the case of severe adverse drug reaction, anaphylactic shock) is not always easy. This is because some of the most likely asthma triggers are the drugs themselves! One class of drugs, the beta-blockers, is liable to cause severe attacks in any asthma sufferer. Continue reading “Hidden Risks: Drugs and Allergy Medications” »
Current statistics suggest that the number of people suffering from latex allergy is increasing. For instance, more than 1,700 instances of the allergy or anaphylactic reaction have been reported to the FDA since 1988. Of these cases, seventeen proved fatal. Continue reading “Asthma and Latex Allergy” »
Of all the inhaled allergens that affect indoor air quality, dust is the most common. More specifically, the culprits are dust mites and their waste products. Dust mites, pet dander, and pollen are common allergens that cause seasonal rhinitis, commonly known as “hay fever.” Continue reading “Asthma and Airborne Allergens in the Home” »
While avoidance of the allergen is the best way to avoid allergic asthma attacks, sometimes that’s not possible. The asthma treatment tool can help you and your doctor decide what treatment is appropriate for you. Continue reading “Asthma and Allergic Reactions” »
Eating for convenience rather than for health is the norm these days. When you’re on the go, stopping at a fast food drive-through is the easy way to get a quick bite. Health is affected by a poor diet, just as your car is affected by poor quality gasoline or the wrong kind of gasoline. Continue reading “How Your Diet Affects Your Health” »
If you have an allergic reaction to the venom of a particular insect, experts estimate that you have a sixty percent chance of being allergic to other insects as well. Bees, wasps, hornets, and yellowjackets should be avoided as much as possible. Continue reading “Insect Allergies: Stinging Insects to Watch For” »
Everything’s pretty in spring except for how allergy sufferers feel… sneezing, runny noses, scratchy eyes…and if those are your only symptoms, you’re lucky! Millions of people have major sinus attacks with headache and facial pain, total nasal blockage and sinus pressure.
Too often and too quickly, seasonal allergies are confused with acute “rhinitis” and “sinusitis”. We run for medications which often complicate a problem that could have been resolved naturally and with a little patience, or prevented altogether.
What’s the difference – and is there actually a solution?
“Rhinitis” is inflammation of the nasal passages with sneezing and a runny or dry, stuffy red nose. Seasonal allergic rhinitis, commonly known as “hay fever”, is generally caused by outdoor allergies to things like fresh-cut grass or plant pollen.
Rhinitis can result from the release of “histamines”, the neurotransmitter that causes symptoms of these allergies – but could also result from long-time dependence on nasal sprays. Pharmaceutical decongestants lose effectiveness over time, so we use more and more to find relief. This wears down the natural defenses in nasal tissues and thickens nasal mucus, inviting bacteria and fungus that can lead to sinusitis.
“Sinusitis” (referring to actual sinus infection) stems from virus, fungus or bacteria. At this time of year, sinusitis kicks up due to morning and twilight dampness in the air causing mold and mildew spores, which are attracted to mucus and can start fungal growth. We feel miserable, run to the doctor for antibiotics, but antibiotics work only on bacteria, not mold or fungus.
- Avoid foods which cause thicker mucus and slower digestion: all cow’s milk products, sugary baked goods, and starchy wheat (pastas, biscuits, etc.) are known culprits. Thin mucus flows properly to eliminate bacteria and fungus, and good waste elimination makes us less prone to allergies and infections.
- Guard against allergies by eating papaya, garlic, blueberries, raspberries.
- Take the digestive enzymes papain and bromelain, both known for prohibiting allergies.
Strengthen your immune system against allergies with extra antioxidant vitamins A, E, C, minerals Zinc and Selenium. Antioxidants keep “free radicals” from reaching our cells and damaging natural immunities.
Treatment for seasonal allergies:
- Begin above dietary rules immediately.
- Drink a glass of warm water in the morning to release toxins.
- Take the Aller-Sine and antioxidants. Get congestion relief with this natural steam formula:
- Garlic – 1/2 clove or 500 mg capsule
- Eucalyptus (found in vapor rub products) – ¼ teaspoon
- Tea tree oil – 2 drops
- Pau d’arco (a South American herb) – 2 drops or half of one 500 mg capsule (Get these last two at natural health outlets).
Dissolve ingredients into 2 cups of boiling, steaming water. Inhale deeply for 2-3 minutes twice daily until mucus loosens and expels.
If you’ve had longtime sinusitis or rhinitis, it will take some time to experience lasting freedom. Be persistent. You may just avoid fall’s seasonal allergies!
Earlier this month, new study results were announced by Children’s and the University of Washington (UW). This study reinforces what we in the complementary and homeopathic medical fields have known for years – that there is a connection between autoimmune diseases – malfunctions of the Immune System – and skin allergies like atopic dermatitis, the most common type of eczema. Continue reading “Skin Allergies and Your Immune System” »
Food Allergies 101. People with seasonal allergies at this time of year may be more fortunate than those who suffer from food allergies, which seem never-ending. But do you really have food “allergies”, or can it be a food “intolerance” – and is it avoidable? Continue reading “Difference between Food Allergies and Food Intolerance” »
Continuing our adventure in Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, let’s talk about the link between food allergies and fibromyalgia. The evidence of this link is being increasingly discovered. Continue reading “Fibromyalgia and Food Allergies” »
Sneezing because of allergic rhinitis can lead to colds which can then lead to cough which eventually can cause an asthma attack. Here are 5 proven ways that my son does religiously to prevent asthma and allergic rhinitis attacks. Continue reading “5 Ways to Prevent Asthma and Rhinitis Attacks” »
Most allergens attack and trigger allergic reaction if they find themselves on the skin or inside the eye. Allergic reactions can happen through inhalation, ingestion or injectionand, as discussed previously, allergies can be seasonal as with the case of the hay fever or it can be drug or dust-induced and food-related. Continue reading “Avoiding Allergic Reactions” »
A lot of people nowadays turn to a holistic health lifestyle and rally for natural remedies like homeopathy or herbs to recover from certain illnesses. Natural remedies or alternative medicine encompasses a number of non-traditional ways for a healthier lifestyle. Continue reading “Natural Remedies for Allergy” »
Allergies affect almost everyone since almost anything can trigger an allergic reaction. These reactions are caused by the immune system over-reacting to an allergen or the substance that causes the allergy. These reactions range from violent sneezing to itchy hives or in a more serious form, breathing difficulties. Continue reading “What treatments are available for different types of allergies?” »
Checking if you have an allergy properly begins with a consultation with your doctor that deals with the symptoms you are having. Which doctor?
You will most likely first consult your family doctor or a primary care practitioner. Then, you may be recommended to a special doctor: Continue reading “Diagnosing Allergies” »
In today’s modern world, more than one-fourth of all adult Americans are convinced that some of the foods they bite into wind up biting them back with recurrent symptoms such as hives, skin rashes, diarrhea, and vomiting. In fact, these are the most common telltale signs of allergies. Continue reading “Food Allergies – Discover the Culprits, Prevent the Symptoms” »
The first step in preventing contact with an individual’s allergens, the substances to which the person is allergic, is to figure out what they are. According to some experts, there are times that common sense will tell a person what is causing his or her allergies. Continue reading “Some Known Contributors to Allergies” »
Seasonal allergies are one type of allergic rhinitis. If you recall our chapter on allergic rhinitis you know that it is a type of allergy where breathing in an allergen becomes the source of an inflammatory reaction in the membranes of the nose. With this seasonal allergy, inflammation happens only during a particular period. Continue reading “What are seasonal allergies?” »
ocal Cord Dysfunction or VCD is a disease on the rise. Since the early 1980s, VCD was then characterized as the “adduction” of the vocal cords manifested with an “open glottic chink.” Continue reading “The Truth about Allergies and Vocal Cord Dysfunction” »
Allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as “hay fever,” happens when you breathe in something you are allergic to. The inside of your nose becomes inflamed or swollen. When this happens, the body’s immune system overreacts to specific particles such as plant pollens, molds, dust mites, animal hair, industrial chemicals, tobacco smoke, foods, medicines, and even insect venom. Continue reading “What is allergic rhinitis?” »
First things first: bee sting allergy becomes serious to the highly allergic individual. Bees aren’t exactly fatal insects. They are simply looking for food, but once one intervenes or tramples on their nests, trouble comes in. It has been reported that there are approximately 40 people who die from bee sting allergy every year. Continue reading “How serious is an allergy to bees?” »
Among all allergic and respiratory-related diseases, asthma makes up the majority. Asthma is perhaps one of the leading causes of respiratory illness among children and young adults although this condition may progress a lifetime. Continue reading “Allergies And Asthma” »
Among all known diseases, allergies are placed among the most universally manifesting diseases among humans. It does not discriminate among the individuals to be infected. People of all ages, gender, culture, nationality and skin color have equal chances of developing them. Continue reading “Who is at risk for allergies?” »
You may be one of the masses who don’t even realize that you have allergies! According to studies, there are about 17 out of every 100 Americans that are allergic, or hypersensitive, to some substances which are known to cause unusual reactions. Continue reading “Quick Relief for Allergy Sufferers!” »