Gluten Intolerance – How to Be Gluten Free

What is it to be gluten free and have celiac disease?

Are you allergic to gluten? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, spelt and triticale. They are prolamins (proteins) that cause damage to the digestive system. Tiny hair structures called villi are in the lining of the small intestine. It helps to digest the nutrients in your food. For people who have gluten intolerance or celiac disease, gluten attacks the villi and makes it flat. Then you can not absorb the nutrients in your food. It is actually an autoimmune disorder. You can also become intolerant to dairy, sugar and possibly other food sensitivities. The only way to reverse the process is to stay away from gluten and the villi will grow back so that you can absorb the nutrients in your food again. Many people can have gluten intolerance or celiac disease and not know it. It is always best to get tested to make sure. I suggest you talk with your primary care physician / GI physician to get tested for celiac disease or go to see a nature path to test for food allergens.

What foods contain gluten?

All these foods contain gluten:

Most your grains like Wheat, Barley, Barley Malt, Rye, Spelt, Semolina, Graham Flour, Wheat Starch, Wheat Germ, Couscous, Bran, Kamut, Bulgur, Durum, Triticale, Oats (Oats) it is gluten free oats) and allot of Alcohol has gluten in it.

So what can you eat in place of gluten?

Non Gluten Flours: Almond Meal Flour, Amaranth Flour, Brown Rice Flour, Buckwheat Flour, Garbanzo Bean Flour, Millet Flour, Potato Starch, Quinoa Flour, Sorghum Flour, Soy Flour, Tapioca Flour / Starch, Arrowroot Flour, and Teff Flour.

Binding Agents:

Arrowroot, Cornstarch, Guar Gum Potato Starch, Tapioca Flour or Starch and Xanthan Gum

Gluten Intolerance Symptoms

These are some of the symptoms of gluten intolerance: Abdominal pain and distension, bloating, diarrhea, greasy foul smelling floating stools, vomiting, acid reflux, constipation, gas and flatulence, nausea, weight loss or gain gain, loss of appetite, fatigue and fatigue, headaches and migraines, depression, irritability and mood disorders, fuzzy brain or inability to concentrate, dental enamel deficiencies and irregularities, nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy), respiratory problems, lactose intolerance, rosacea, hashimoto's disease, hair loss, bruising easily, Muscle cramping and muscle weakness, swelling and inflammation, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, joint and bone pain, infertility, abnormal menstrual cycles, seizures, ataxia (bad balance), canker sores, eczema and psoriasis, Acne, early onset osteoporosis, night blindness, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), nose bleeds, elevated liver function tests (AST, ALT), lack of motivation, hashimoto's disease, sjogren's syndrome, lupus e rythematosus and other autoimmune disorders, irritable bowel syndrome or spastic colon, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia, lupus (an autoimmune disease), unexplained anemia, psychological issues (hypochondria, depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, neurosis and mood disorders) ), food allergies, parasites or other infection, gallbladder disease, thyroid disease, cystic fibrosis (respiratory disorder), diverticulosis, diabetes, thyroid disease, dermatitis herpetiformis (skin rash related to celiac disease), peripheral neuropathy (tingling or numbness in arms and legs), and many more conditions.

Symptoms in children:

Inability to concentrate, irritability, ADD / ADHD or autism and down syndrome, failure to thrive (infants and toddlers), nose bleeds, short stature or delayed growth, delayed onset of puberty, weak bones or bone pain, abdominal pain and distension. If these symptoms are not put under control like being on a gluten free diet, they can turn into more serious conditions. Like heart disease, lung disease, addison's disease, the list goes on and on. Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder.

I am gluten intolerant, now what do I do?

1. See a Doctor, Nutritionist or a Nature Path that, understands what is to be on a gluten free diet.

2. Join a support group like Gluten Intolerance Group. Look up your state and city to find your local support group. You are not in this alone.

3. Find a gluten free blog you really like for tips, recipes, and resources.

4. Learn to read food labels. Make sure to look for the gluten free label on grocery products. Learn what what is in your food.

5. Learn how to eat healthy and gluten free, is better for you.

6. Join a gluten free cooking class or find an instructor. Many nature stores have cooking classes.

7. Find your local grocery stores that sells gluten free products. For example, Lingonberries Market, Whole Foods, New Season's, Trader Joe's, Fred Meyer Nutrition Center. Winco, Safeway and Wal-Mart Superstores. There are websites that sell these products. For example, Amazon and The Gluten Free Mall.

8. Find your local Restaurants that are gluten free friendly.

9. Get yourself a couple of Gluten Free Books and a magazine.

10. Search for gluten free coupons online and in the newspaper.

11. Here is a fact you should know, People with Celiac Disease can Declare their “Gluten Free Food” as Tax Deduction.

12. Try different recipes and food products and find out what you like the best. Most of all, have fun with it.

Be sure and avoid cross contamination, you do not want to get gluten mixed up with your non gluten food.

For more information check out my gluten free and healthy living website.

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Latex, Powdered Medical Gloves – Will the FDA Ban?

Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group, petitioned the FDA in April 2011 to take drastic steps to protect individuals with latex allergies. They called for a complete ban on all cornstarch powdered medical gloves, as well as a ban on all natural latex rubber surgeon's and examination gloves.

This is the second petition by Public Citizen to ban cornstarch powdered gloves. Over a decade ago, the FDA rejected their petition, citing that a ban would not address exposure to natural latex allergens from medical gloves with high levels of natural latex proteins. The FDA also felt that a ban on powdered gloves might compromise the availability of high quality medical gloves and might greatly increase the annual costs by $ 64 million.

In this new petition, Public Citizen addresses each of the FDA's prior reasons for not banning cornstarch powdered gloves. “The elimination of cornstarch powder from surgeon's gloves,” states Public Citizen, “would eliminate the occurrence of foreign-body disease due to cornstarch powder in patients undergoing surgery and other invasive medical procedures.” They also state that a ban would eliminate most allergic reactions, such as allergic asthma and anaphylaxis, “which result from exposure to aerosolized cornstarch powder bound to latex proteins.”

Public Citizen agreed with the FDA's 1999 conclusion that simply banning cornstarch powder from latex gloves would not address the serious risk to patients and healthcare workers already allergic to latex. So in this new petition, they call for a ban on all latex medical gloves, powdered or not.

Over the past decade, many hospital facilities have recognized the dangers associated with powdered gloves, and have transferred to powder-free latex and powder-free non-latex gloves. As the demand for powder-free gloves has grown, so has the supply. Public Citizen also noted that the cost savings associated with greatly reduced workers' compensation claims associated with latex allergies greatly outweighs the increase in annual cost for powder-free synthetic gloves.

The Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council expressed their concern regarding the petition, stating that the current use of low-protein latex gloves is consistent with current recommendations of NIOSH and OSHA. The Council's position is that latex allergic individuals should choose latex-free options, but everyone else can safely use low-allergen, powder-free latex gloves. They warn that banning latex gloves could “eliminate the medical gloves with the best track record for barrier protection and environmental safety.” Moreover, they feel that powdered latex gloves should not be banned because the powdered gloves today have much less powder and lower allergy risk. “It is doubtful that the lightly powdered variety of latex gloves would bring about serious foreign body reactions and latex allergy sensitization … further studies should be conducted.”

Malaysia supplies about 60% of the world's rubber gloves, and about ninety percent of their glove production is medical grade gloves that are imported to the United States and Europe. Although they have been transitioning more of their production to non-latex alternatives, such as nitrile, they are working hard to protect their latex glove interests in the United States.

There have been significant improvements in nitrile glove material, making them comparable to latex when tested for puncture resistance and gross dexterity. But when it comes to fine finger dexterity, latex is still preferred. Some surgeons will likely still demand powder-free latex surgical gloves. And until studies show that even low-protein latex gloves can lead to latex allergy, there will be boxes of powder- free latex medical gloves on hospital shelves.

The FDA is expected to respond to Public Citizen's petition later this month. How will they balance the real health concerns of individuals sensitive to latex with the demands of the medical community and global supply? It will be interesting to learn the answer.

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Nasal Allergy

Allergic rhinitis or nasal allergy is bound to occur in a person if they are exposed to allergens, pollution, and cigarette smoke or happen to have a low weight at birth. Symptoms usually consist of some combination of sneezing, itching of the nose, nasal discharge, and congestion. In addition to these four major nasal symptoms, about half of patients with seasonal allergy also have eye symptoms, which consist of itching, redness, and watering. The most important allergens that cause allergic rhinitis are airborne substances. These airborne allergens can be divided into those that are present only seasonally compared to those that are present year-round (also called “perennial”). Seasonal allergens are generally present in the outdoor environment and include tree, grass, and weed pollens as well as outdoor molds. Though dust can cause you to sneeze it may not cause nasal allergy. But dust mites which are tiny microscopic organisms which can be found in mattresses, carpets and furniture can cause nasal allergy.

You will know for sure that it is the dust mites which are actually causing you to sneeze when in the winter months the pollens in the air are at a minimal and you still find yourself sneezing endlessly. Allergens enter through the nose. Allergens include pollens, dust, dust mites, mold spores, and animal dander. These substances interact with IgE antibody on the mast cells inside the nose. This causes discharge of histamine. Histamine causes sneezing, nasal congestion, and nasal discharge. The mast cells also release other substances. These substances pull a group of cells, called eosinophils, into the nasal lining. The eosinophils travel into the lining of the nose over a 6- to 24-hour period. They then release substances that can create additional symptoms hours after the original exposure. The first reaction is called the early reaction. The symptoms occurring hours after the initial exposure make up the late-phase reaction.

Nasal Allergy Treatments
1. Keep your windows and outside doors closed as much as possible.

2. Use air-conditioning to cool your home. Avoid using window and attic fans during pollen season.

3. Keep your car windows roled up when driving; use air-conditioning.

4. Consider vacationing to a place where pollen is low, such as the beach. Check pollen counts before planning outdoor activities. Avoid being outdoors in the early morning, when pollen is most prevalent.

5. If you have to be outdoors, wear sunglasses to minimize your pollen in your eyes. Remove your clothing when you come indoors; shower and wash your hair.

6. Dry clothes and bedding in the dryer; do not hang outdoors to dry.

7. Keep pets that spend time outdoors out of your bedroom, because they can bring in pollen on their fur.

8. Do not rake leaves during pollen season.

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How American Kids Are In The Grips Of Food Allergies

It is emerging that food allergies pose a greater problem than thought of in previous years in the United States. Eight percent of kids below the age of 18 are said to be affected by food allergies. The effects range from mild to severe reactions. The amount translates to about 6 million kids. The University of Chicago researchers set out to do a more thorough study of the extent of the effects of allergies among children. This is a background of previous studies suggesting a prevalence of as low as 1 percent.

Experts carrying out the study noted that children were exposed to a wide range of allergies simply because of the wide range of foods consumed. Peanut allergy was the most leading in prevalence at a rate of 2 percent among a total of over 38000 kids surveyed. The prevalence of allergies also varied with age and social background of the kids involved in the study. For example it is thought using the results of the study that Asian and black kids have generally a higher likelihood of food allergies.

Other sources of allergy reactions included milk, shellfish and tree nut. Reactions to these foods consumed often include wheezing, low blood pressure and anaphylaxis. other foods delivering severre reactions amongst children in America include soy and fin fish. The rapid changes in food diets in much of the western world may also be blamed for higher prevalence of allergies. A huge number of American kids is failing to eat a healthy diet. Eating non-organic and processed foods may also be a viable reason for growing allergies amongst our kids.

Based on the research it would appear that children above the age of 2 years are suffering greater than allergies. Statistically the study showed a prediction of 6.3 percent among those under 2 and 8.6 percent among those above the age of 14. Perhaps confirming that the type of food consumed is correlated to the social status of the children the study revealed that children living in households with annual imports of under $ 50000 were likely to be allergic. Perhaps those in low income families settled for the cheapest available foods whilst those from well to do families had an opportunity to pursue a healthy diet.

Understanding the prevalence of allergies and the main foods causing them will likely improve how best we deal with the problem at a household level, community level and even national level.

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Sassafras Tea

Make It: Place 6-8 rounded teaspoons of roots or bark in a non-aluminum pot and cover the herbs with two quarts cold water. Heat slowly to a boil with pot covered, and gently simmer for 25-45 minutes. The longer you simmer the herbs, the stronger the tea will be. Warm or chill, dilute to taste & sweeten with agave nectar or stevia as desired.

* Sassafras Root chunks are available in store or on our website for $ 4.40 an ounce.

A cup of sassafras root tea is a traditional spring tonic in the South for centuries of years, and was part of the home medicine of the early American colonists, who learned of its use from the Iroquois and Seneca tribes. Sassafras tea was considered to be a blood purifier and the essential oil was used in liniments. Sassafras was exported from the colonies to Europe where it caused quite a stir.
As a blood tonic, its roots maturing in the spring contain mineral salts that can thin the blood to help man survive the hot summer months, and then when these same plants matures in the fall they develop mineral salts that thicken the blood for those cold winter months.

* The Sassafras roots, along with Sarsaparilla, are the original sources of natural root beer.
* It is used to treat many kinds of skin diseases.
* It was used as a treatment for Syphilis.
* Sassafras has been helpful for relief from the itching of poison ivy and poison oak.
* Sassafras stimulates liver action which clears toxins from the body making it an excellent treatment for all internally caused skin disorders such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.
* It's a great tonic for after childbirth.
* In helping to adjust the hormone balance in the body, the ingredients of Sassafras aid the pituitary gland in releasing an ample supply of protein.
* Helps with obesity due to its pituitary gland support and blood cleansing properties.
NOTE: The oil is toxic and should never be taken internally for any reason. Sassafras is not for long term use. Not for use in pregnancy.
* Sassafras is sometimes combined with sarsaparilla in herbal formulas to address prostate problems in men; however this use is based on folklore and has not yet yet been supported by modern research.

Herbs are an all natural way to help maintain health and wellness as well as preventing illness to begin with. Here is to good health.

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How Can You Prevent Hay Fever?

Do you dread the approach of a certain season such as spring or summer because you have hay fever? If you do, then you're not alone. Many people suffer from the same condition and while it is not life-threatening, suffering from it can be pretty annoying. It hinders you from going on with your day normally. It can be quite distracting too. Luckily, there are different techniques on how to prevent hay fever. If you wish to learn about them, then you have come across the right article.

Improve the Air Quality in Your Home

Allergens trigger hay fever. Thus, it's also known as allergic rhinitis. These allergens are transported by the wind so it's critical that you become more conscious in keeping the quality of air in your surrounding clean.

One of the things you can do is use an air conditioner and dehumidifier. It will help keep your home dry and cool. Moreover, you will be able to filter out pollen, mold, dust mites, and other types of allergens.

Lessen or Avoid Yard Work

Working in the garden may be a fun hobby. However, when it's your season for allergies, it is best to less the frequency of gardening or any form of yard work. When you move or rake fallen leaves and grass, you may stir up the mold and pollen and easily cause allergic rhinitis. You may want to employ someone's help to do the job in your behalf, but, in the case that you need to do it yourself, remember to always wear a paper mask. It's one simple way to prevent hay fever.

Close the Windows

Another simple way of preventing allergic rhinitis is by keeping your windows shut especially that those are facing or located near the garden. When you are driving, make it a habit to keep the windows closed too. Sure, you may never see any pollen blowing your way, but none of them can escape your nose. Always be on the safer side especially when it's your particular season for allergies.

Exercise Indoors

If you are a health buff and have been keeping a physical routine outside, it is best to consider exercising indoors for the mean time, or at least for the duration of your allergic rhinitis season. This will inhibit you from inhaling allergens outdoors.

If you love to walk, you may consider doing it in closed areas such as shopping malls or supermarkets. They are cool, safe, and convenient- especially if you have to purchase some goods. You will not only save time and effort but also lessen the risk in contracting seasonal allergies.

Tumble Dry Your Clothes

It may be the best idea to use the dryer rather than hang them on the clothesline outside during laundry days. Doing the latter may save you some electricity, but not prevent hay fever. You see, your clothes can pick up mold spores and pollen when you hang them outside and once you wear them, your allergy may start.

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Getting Allergy Shots for Hay Fever

Do you have hay fever that does not seem to go away? You may have already tried all sorts of cure but nothing seems to work and you're already feeling frustrated. If this is your case, then you may want to try immunotherapy. This is a process which involves making up a mixture of your allergens and injecting increasing doses into your body on a weekly basis to make the allergy go away.

Each shot will contain sufficient amount of allergen to stimulate your immune system despite not to the extent of producing symptoms. A shot like this is best given to those who have allergic rhinitis due to the following:

Pollen

• Dust mites

• Pet dander

• Mold

• Insect stings

• Some drugs

• Allergy-induced asthma

These shots are given regularly and one complete treatment typically lasts between 3 and 5 years. Now, you may think that it's a long period; however, good results await those who end because the expected effects can last a lifetime.

Basically, the procedure works like how a vaccine does. Your body is presented with small amount of what causes your allergies. Then, your immune system learns how to deal with the allergens appropriately. The dosage is increased in a gradual manner to desensitize your immune system until the symptoms disappear completely. This procedure has a reliably high rate of success. More than 80% of those who tried it experienced significant improvement.

Now, you may be wondering who the best candidates for these injections are and if you're one of them. Here is a simple guideline that can help:

• If you have tried all sorts of treatments including medications or you are suffering from side effects, you may want to try getting these shots.

• If you have been suffering from allergic rhinitis for a long time and already feeling tired of it.

• If you detest taking medications or they are too expensive for you, this procedure may be sensible. Beside, there are some insurance plans which can help cover the cost of this treatment so you can save a lot.

• If it's impossible or difficult to avoid your allergens because your job or routine requires you to get in contact with them regularly.

Now some of the precautions you need to know are these: Shots should never be given to children under two years old. Also, if you are pregnant or lactating, getting these shots is not advisable. However, if you were already getting them before you conceived, then the doctor may suggest that you continue with the procedure.

Shots for hay fever are generally safe as long as given properly. However, they also have potential serious side effects. This is because the course of treatment involves the exposure to the substances you are allergic to. This is why it's crucial to work with a highly qualified allergist when going through this treatment. In case a serious reaction to the allergy shots happens, he or she should have all the necessary medications and equipment to countermeasure the bad effect.

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Hay Fever: What Are Seasonal Allergies?

Hay fever is also known as allergic rhinitis. This occurs when your immune system over -acts to certain substances you have inhaled like pollen. This condition may either be seasonal or perennial. From the terms themselves, you can gather that the former only happens on a specific season while the litter happens all year-round. Seasonal allergic rhinitis is triggered by outdoor allergens while perennial is caused by indoor allergens. In this article, let's talk more about seasonal allergies.

Symptoms

Many people initially confirm the symptoms of allergic rhinitis with that of common cold. This is because they manifest the same way, only, allergic rhinitis is not caused by any kind of virus. Instead, it is triggered by an allergen.

Once you breathe-in a certain allergen, your immune system will start working. It will release antibodies into your nasal passes together with inflammatory chemicals like histamines. After which, your nose, sinuses, and eyes may start becoming itchy. Your nose may also become congested.

Experts can not exactly tell what causes the immune system to over-react to allergens. What's obvious is that allergic rhinitis can be pretty common. In fact, one in five Americans is affected by it.

While scientists can not pinpoint the exact reason why the immune system over -acts, it has been found that people who experience seasonal allergic rhinitis also suffer from asthma. Their triggers may vary and their symptoms may also range from mild to severe.

Other common symptoms of seasonal allergies are:

• Runny nose

• Stuffy nose

• Red, watery, and itchy eyes

• Post-nasal drip

• Itchy ears, mouth, throat, and face

• Swollen eyelids

• Dry cough

• Sore throat

• Headaches

• Facial pains

• Partial loss of smell, taste, and hearing

• Dark circles in the eyes

• Fatigue

Triggers

Seasonal allergies depend on the season as well as the area because allergens are transported by the wind. Some of the most common sources are the following:

• Ragweed – This is probably the most common seasonal allergen which abounds in fall.

• Tree pollen (during spring)

• Grass pollen (sometime between late spring and the annual summer)

• Fungus – This is mold which thrive on dead leaves and is common in summer

While the main cause of the immune system's over-reaction can not be pinpointed yet, it has been found that some people are more prone to it than others. For instance, if other members of your family have had seasonal allergies, chances are you can have them too. If you have hypersensitivity to some foods or are suffering from eczema, you may be more prone to the condition too.

Diagnosis

The proper diagnosis of hay fever is only done by a doctor. He or she is expected to first check on your personal and family history of allergies. He or she will also ask when exactly you get the symptoms and whether you're already taking any medications. After which, he or she will perform a physical examination along with a skin test to find out the allergens you are extra sensitive to.

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Natural Remedies for Hay Fever – Read More About It

Hay fever is also known as allergic rhinitis or pollenosis. It's a kind of allergic infection affecting the nasal airways. This reaction occurs when a certain allergen like pollen or dust gets into the person's system via inhalation. The allergen stimulates the production of the antibody immunoglobulin E or IgE which then triggers the release of inflammatory chemicals like histamine which cause swelling and itching. Luckily, there are natural cures for allergic rhinitis. In this article, let's learn more about them.

Avoid the Pollen

This is a very straightforward tip on how to prevent allergic rhinitis. By simply avoiding the pollen while keeping your windows closed or using a blocking cream in your nostrils, you can already lessen your risk of contracting the allergy. If you already have it, then avoiding the pollen can help you recover quickly.

Honey

There has already been a study which suggested consumption of honey desensitizes a person to pollen. As honey has some tracks of pollen, it helps the body get accustomed to the substance and therefore control any over-reaction. Here, allergic rhinitis is also prevented.

Capsaicin

Capsaicin is a chemical from chilies which seems to alleviate the symptoms of hay fever. Some patients who used it claimed that they experienced quick and lasting relief from the substance. It is believed to tap into a certain cell-signaling system in the body which reduces the potential of allergic rhinitis. However, the substance should only be used under medical supervision. You should also be aware that nasal membranes are extremely sensitive. Inhaling some ground chili can be painful. In fact, it may even cause some blisters.

Onions

Onion has high content of a chemical called quercetin. It is said to be very effective in ward off allergic rhinitis as it has the ability to stop the production of histamine that triggers the symptoms of the condition. The increase of onion consumption can keep you away from seasonal allergies.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C also has antihistamine properties which can help lessen the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Unlike most mammals, humans do not have the capacity to produce their own vitamin C. Thus, we have to obtain it through diet. Some of the foods that are rich in vitamin C are broccoli, papaya, mangoes, peppers, kiwi, and potatoes.

Butterbur

Butterbur is an herb which as conventionally used in treating asthma and bronchitis. There was a study which showed that an extract of this plant can be as effective as Zyrtec. However, it has not been established yet whether the use of butterbur is safe for long periods. It has already caused side effects in some patients such as headache and drowsiness. Therefore, it is best to take caution when using it.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is also one of the natural remedies for allergic rhinitis. The procedure can work just as well as taking antihistamines. For it to be more effective though, using other Chinese herbs can be beneficial. The great thing about this tandem is its effect can last for longer periods.

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Preventing Hay Fever: Allergy Proofing Your House

Seasonal allergic rhinitis or hay fever may be pretty common, but that's not a valid reason to just shrug it off. There are some practical things you can do to prevent, or at least less your risk of having it. In this article, let's learn more about these ways.

First off, you have to understand that there are many types of allergens and their effects on people may differ. It is very possible that the substance which triggers your allergic rhinitis is not the same with what causes your friend's. However, it would be a wise practice to get rid of all the possible allergens to ensure that your risk of contracting allergies can be as low as possible.

Here are the most common allergens:

Pollen-Pollen are the main causes of allergic rhinitis. In the United States, ragweed is a common trigger especially between late August and the first frost. On the early part of spring, pollens of trees like maple, elm, birch, beech, poplar, oak, ash, sycamore, hickory, cypress, pecan, alder, and cottonwood abound. Meanwhile, during late spring, pollens typically come from grasses like red top, timothy, sweet vernal, Johnson, Bermuda, orchard, and bluegrasses.

• Mold-Mold spores may also cause seasonal allergies. They thrive in dead leaves. If you live near farm areas, you are likely to have them all year-round. Inside the house, molds can also be present in indoor plants, bathrooms, old books, and damp areas. They may also be found in foods.

• Other household allergens-Household allergens include dust, pet dander, and some chemicals. The symptoms which may be caused by these substitutes may be worst during winter when your house is closed up and has poor ventilation.

Luckily, there are some ways on how to allergy-proof your house. Here they are:

• During pollen season, keep your doors and windows shut most of the time to prevent the pollen from getting into your house.

• Do not hang your laundry outside because allergens may stick to them.

• Use an allergy-grade filter in your ventilation system.

• Use an air conditioner in the house and car.

• In the morning, the pollen count is the highest so avoid early outdoor activities particularly when it's your season for allergies.

• Make sure that your covers such as pillow cases, bed sheets, and mattresses are all allergy-proof.

• Wash your blankets and sheets in heated water (at least 130F).

• Opt to choose a dehumidifier to lessen humidity indoor.

• Regularly wash the dishes and empty the garbage to ensure that roaches will not abound. Also block crevices where they can enter.

• If you have pets, ensure that you bathe them regularly. You can also use wipes especially designed to eliminate dander. If you are certain that they are causing your allergies, keep them out of the house as much as possible.

These are practical ways on how you can allergy-proof your house and prevent hay fever. They are easy so you sure will not have any trouble putting them into practice.

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Effective Allergen Control Strategies

Considering the fact that most people spend at least half their day confined inside their homes, it is very important to have an allergen-free environment. Allergens are unhealthy for everyone and can be particularly harsh on those suffering from respiratory ailments like asthma or emphysema. Microscopic airborne contaminants not only make it harder to breathe, they also can cause coughs, sore throats, nasal problems and watery eyes. Chances are very good that if you always feel weak and tired, allergens in your home are at least partly responsible.

Homeowners can employ a number of different allergen control strategies that can help keep the air that you breathe as clean as possible. There is no such thing as 100% pure air in any house, but the following steps can certainly make a big improvement in the overall quality of the air you breathe every day.

Air Filters

The use of quality filters to remove airborne allergens has been proven to be one of the most effective allergen control strategies. Invest in the best filter you can afford. Generally speaking the more expensive, the better, but for most people with Allergies or Asthma, pay close attention to validated claims on the packaging. Higher rated filters catch more of the smaller particles.

For those wanting cleaner air, consider setting your HVAC system fan to “ON” instead of “Auto”. Continuous fan operation will keep the smaller particles airborne and circulating that will then be captured by your good air filter. Changing your filter more often than recommended will keep the air moving freely through your system and will ensure maximum efficiency.

Bedding

Your mattress, sheets and pillows are a major source of dust mites and other contaminants. We have all heard the recent horror stories about bed bug infestations and everyone wants to make sure they do not become victim to the little creatures. The best way to prevent such problems is to buy a hypo-allergenic mattress cover and to wash your sheets and pillow cases at least once per week in hot water.

Pet Dander

Another cause of allergens may be your beloved cat or dog. Animal dander can become quite a problem over time. To combat the problem, bath your pets on a regular basis and keep their hair trimmed and well groomed.

Carpeting

This is a major breeding ground for allergens as the soft fibers of your carpet make a perfect environment for the pesky critters that are constantly trying to take over your home. If possible, replace your carpet with tile or wood flooring. If not possible, vacuum regularly and buy or rent a machine to shampoo and thoroughly clean your carpet at least once per month.

Drapes and Furniture

This is another place that breeds dust mites and contains unwanted contaminants. Regularly steaming your upholstered furniture, drapes and curtains will help alleviate the problem.

General Household Cleaning

Get out the Lysol and bleach and make sure to clean all hard surfaces. Pay particular attention to areas that tend to have high humidity and moisture such as the bathroom. Mold can be a very serious allergen and it is best to prevent it by keeping all areas clean.

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Significance of Medical ID Bracelets for Allergies

People generally think that having a food allergy or a drug allergy are reliably minor conditions, but the sad truth is that they just are not. A drug allergy or any other allergy can lead to very serious medical emergencies, and can even threaten your life. If you have a serious allergy (such as Peanut allergy, or Penicillin Allergy) and want to take all of the necessary steps to prevent accidental dosage of your specific allergen, then you will need to wear a medical ID bracelet or a specific medical allergy bracelet .

What Are Allergies?
An allergy is basically a mistake by your immune system. When a specific non-harmful substance enters the body, your white blood cells will treat the foreign substance as if it were a disease, releasing histamine and other chemicals that carry some uncomfortable side effects. If you have itchy skin, hives, swelling, rashes, congestion, or troubling breathing after ingesting something that is considered to be an allergen, then you should see your doctor to determine if you have an allergy to anything.

What if I Have a Drug Allergy?
The two most common types of allergy are allergies to food and allergies to drugs. If you have a food allergy, you can generally avoid contact with the substance and you'll be OK. However, if you have a drug allergy, you need to take certain precautions to ensure you are not accidently administrated one of these drugs in the event that you are unconscious and unable to communicate with doctors or paramedics.

These medical professionals are trained to look for things such as a medical alert bracelet or allergy bracelet before they administrator any drugs. If you are in a car accident, for example, and the paramedic wishes to administrator morphine, he or she will first check your person for any signs that you may have a drug allergy. He or She will look on your left arm for some kind of medical ID bracelet.

If such a professional were to see one of your medical id bracelets, he or she would then choose to administer a different type of drug, preventing a potential fatal fatal dose of a dangerous allergen. It will also help them to know about any food allergies such as, Peanut Allergy, Tree Nut Allergy, Shellfish allergy.

What forms of Medical Identification Jewelry are out there?

There's really no substitution in terms of quality, price, and purpose for a Medical Identification Bracelets. You get a large selection encompassing a wide variety of styles and sizes, so that your condition can slip by unnoticed except those who need to know. Many people decide that medical tattoos are a foolproof way of informing doctors of their condition, but these are extremely painful to receive and create a permanent mark on your skin. Many patients also decide to get a medical ID card to slip in their wallet, but what happens if you are hospitalized without your wallet?

Fortunately, there are few quality online shops like MyIdentityDoctor.com, who offer a large selection of affordable medical identification jewelry that are readily available to anyone with internet access.

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Dust Mite Allergy: Best Over the Counter Allergy Medicine

Typically, minor dust mite allergy symptoms begin with inflammation of the nasal passage. Often any minor agitation like this can be stopped immediately by leaving the area or going outside. If you do feel symptoms worsening such as itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing and / or coughing it is best to take action so symptoms do not progress to something more serious. Taking the best over the counter allergy medicine available is often the best treatment method as the antihistamine / decongestant will eliminate the symptoms allowing you to breathe and feel normal once again. If symptoms do progress they may lead to an increase in pressure causing facial pain or even eczema (a skin irritation causing dryness, redness and often pain and sensitivity).

More serious symptoms can cause health problems or trigger a pre existing issue such as asthma. Dust mite allergy symptoms in this case may cause difficulty difficulty breathing, heavy coughing, and tightness in the chest. In a situation like this it is once again recommended to use the best over the counter allergy medicine available. Medical treatment is usually not required to eliminate the conditions but be sure to use a treatment such as antihistamine or decongestant in order to keep the symptoms under control.

When it comes to dust mite allergy symptoms there are two specific types of treatments that can be considered the treatment sources. As many of us know the most basic dust mite allergy symptoms cause our nose to itch and swell as well as release a clear, runny mucous. These effects take place due to our bodies releasing a chemical called histamine, therefore the first medication to focus on is antihistamines. In short, antihistamines block histamines from interacting with our nasal tissue. This relieves allergy symptoms and is not dangerous in any way to our bodies. It is in fact preventing our body from attacking themselves, otherwise known as allergic reactions.

Best Over the Counter Allergy Medicine: Antihistamines

When using this treatment keep in mind that most antihistamines only need to be taken once per day to have a full effect (especially when dealing with dust mite allergies) on the body. Depending on what you are looking for the treatments are grouped into two categories; drowsy and non drowsy. Drowsy medications mean the side effects will cause a sedative or tiring effect and non drowsy meaning there is no tiring effect on the body. The main side effects of antihistamines are often very mild and generally include as mentioned before, a sedative effect as well as dry mouth although it is barely noticeable. The treatment will also contain warning labels as to when it is best to use the medication but also who should not be taking it. Every brand has different labels but generally it is best not to mix the medication with alcohol. If you do suffer from asthma as well then antihistamines are a must for keeping your allergies under control. The best over the counter allergy medicine for you will be one that works to free your breathing, which can be done by avoiding the dust mites as best as possible and by taking antihistamines regularly.

Best Over the Counter Allergy Medicine: Decongestants

The best allergy medicine when experiencing symptoms of difficulty breathing or catching your breath is by far decongestants. Decongestants come in the form of drops and nose sprays and can relate any form of stuffy nose or difficulty breathing immediately. While decongestants are a very useful product they should be used with moderation. It is best to take decongestants only on your worst days for allergy symptoms. They work as the treatment method specifically for dust mites because of how much dust mite allergy symptoms can vary, some days are worse than others. Decongestants when taken for more than 3 days can cause your body to rely upon them and you may feel your nose clogged or stuffy when getting off of the medication.

Decongestants work by narrowing the blood vessels within the lining of the nose. By narrowing the blood vessels the tissue within the nose decreases in swelling and allows more air to pass through, allowing you to breathe easy. Even though they are widely considered one of the most effective medications there are a few mild side effects. These side effects include nervousness and dizziness but once again are rare. In extremely rare instances they may cause the heart to race. Always remember to read the label of the medication you are taking.

For further information and guides on over the counter allergy medicines or dust mite allergies in general be sure to visit the dust mite allergy site.

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Latest Treatment Options for Chronic Sinusitis

Chronic sinus infections can cause headaches, nasal congestion, pressure, watery eyes, fever, and a general sense of malaise. These symptoms lead to a decrease in quality of life and can effect the ability to work and perform normal daily activities. Fortunately there are several options for those who suffer from chronic or recurrent sinus infections.

The first step in treating sinus infections is an accurate diagnosis. Consultation with a primary physician or an ear, nose, and surgeon specialist can make that determination. Initial management is generally done with medications and over the counter treatments. Nasal saline irrigation, such as the Neti-Pot or SinuRinse, self made nasal saline irrigation solutions, and antihistamines are mainstay of over the counter treatment. First line prescription medications include nasal steroid sprays, leukotriene inhibitors, antibiotics, and short courses of oral steroids. If an aggressive course of medical treatment is not successful at alleviating symptoms or the symptoms recur frequently, surgery may be needed to correct an underlying anatomic problem.

If surgery is considered, the first step is to obtain a CT scan of the sinuses to define the underlying nasal anatomy. Septal deviations, sinus ostial obstruction, nasal or sinus polyps, and certain anatomical abnormalities can all contribute to chronic sinusitis and be easily fixed surgically.

The newest technology in sinus surgery is the balloon sinuplasty. Using technology from the cardiac field, small catheters can be inserted into the natural openings of the maxillary, frontal, and sphenoid sinuses. Once inserted, balloons are threaded over the catheters and inflated to make the natural sinus openings larger. In select patients, this can be performed using only local anesthesia. This means that there is not the risk or recovery associated with general anesthesia and patients with medical conditions that would not be candidates for general anesthesia can still have surgery. Long term studies of the technology have shown promise that it will lead to a permanent solution for sufferers of chronic sinusitis.

Even with surgery, some patients may require long term allergy treatment including medication or allergy shots. Consultation with an ears, nose, and throat physician is the first step to formulating a treatment plan which can lead to long term results. If you are thinking about surgery, be sure to ask if local anesthesia balloon sinuplasty is an option and if the surgeon performs the procedure. Sometimes a second opinion may be necessary to determine if you are a candidate for the latest advance in sinus surgery.

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Discover Ways on How to Treat Poison Oak Symptoms

There are different ways to consider when it comes to treating poison oak symptoms. If you need to be treated for this, then it is essential to look into the poison oak symptoms first before considering any type of treatment. Well, there are a few symptoms to consider such as rashes, reddening of the skin and itching. These minor symptoms are then followed by the occurrence of blisters which looks like small pimples forming in clusters. From here, the person affected will need to take note of the different ways on how to treat the symptoms.

More often people who experience these symptoms accidently brushed their skin against a poison oak. The rash on the skin developments because of exposure to the chemical that can be found on a poison oak's sap “urushiol.” It is somehow impossible to avoid having contact with urushiol since it is colorless and difficult to spot when present on the tree. Knowing that it is hard to avoid this type of chemical from the poison oak itself, it is essential that you take note of the following ways on how to treat poison oak symptoms below if you can not avoid yourself being exposed to this oak's sap.

Avoiding Contact with The Oak's Sap

Generally speaking, the first option for treating rashes or any other symptoms caused by exposure to poison oak is avoiding contact with this particular plant. Before you even get excited to touch the plant, you must be aware of what harm can be done if you do so. However if this occurred incidentally, it is essential that the exposed skin should be cleaned gently through rinsing the affected area through the use of soap and water as an initial treatment process.

Treatment: Home Remedies

If you have poison oak at home, then you will have to look for easy home remedies. One of the easiest remedies was the one mentioned beforehand such as cleaning with water and soap as soon as you get contact with the plant's sap. Other options include mixing vinegar and baking soda until it reaches the consistency that of paste and have this rubbed on the affected area. Other home remedies for poison oak includes boiling oat meal and water and having it applied on the affected skin as well as making use of Jewel weed juice and Aloe Vera juice for fast relief of the symptoms.

Treatment: Medications

Aside from home remedies you can also take advantage of medications which will need the prescription of a doctor before you can utilize them. The symptoms can be treated by making use of over the counter treatment lotions such as Calamine lotion. This type of treatment lotion can give that soothing effect to the affected area.

Just in case that the person who experience severe symptoms of poison oak, then one may opt for other poison oak treatments as well as over the counter remedies. Seeking help from a dermatologist may be needed if rashes are already spreading all over the patient's body. There will be antihistamines to be prescribed and other recommended medications to help relieve the discomfort that the symptoms of poison oak give.

Knowing how to treat the symptoms will help you get instant knowledge on how to relate the discomfort that you'll be getting from your exposure to the chemical that this plant excrete. With enough understanding of the treatment options, it will be possible for you to get a quick healing process that will soon do away with the discomfort that these symptoms may give for a long period of time.

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