Allergies? What – Why Allergies?

The subject of allergies came up in conversation the other day and it set me to wondering why it sees that so many more children, and adults now, are suffering from this problem than myself and others when I was growing up.

I saw a program not long ago where this concern was discussed, and that medical scientists and researchers had discovered that one of the initiators occurred during birth.

Mostly related to caesarean births, due to the fact that as baby did not go through the birth canal, (s) he did not get the immunity boost from mother. This, it was believed had a real impact on the likelihood of the child developing allergies.

Another point raised was that there is too much emphasis placed on cleanliness with ALL germs, good and bad, being zapped by whatever means at source. So there is much less chance of natural immunity being built up through exposure of children during early childhood years.

I still remember, and in fact used the phrase myself when I had my children, “you have to eat a peck of dirt before you die” quoted from my maternal grandmother who lived the ripe age of 86. A phrase that eased my own concerns when my daughter sat in the garden with her mouth so stuffed with soil she could not close it. And when my son picked up disgusting (to me), worms and insects with the clear intention of snacking on them.

Thankfully, neither of my children, OR their children suffer from allergies, for which I am substantially grateful. Still, enough fluff, what are the proofs of all this?

Research here I come!

The newborn's immune system grows fast from a small size at birth by exposure primarily to the intestinal microflora normally obtained from the mother at and after birth.

The second mode of transfer of immunity occurs via the mother's milk. Numerous major protective components, including secretory IgA (SIgA) antibodies and lactoferrin, are present. The breastfed infant is better protected against numerous common infections than the non-breastfed. Breastfeeding also seems to actively stimulate the infant's immune system by anti-idiotypes, uptake of milk lymphocytes, cytokines, etc. Therefore, the breastfed child continues to be better protected against various infections for some years.

In this study I read, they found that de novo production of neonatal lymphocytes was associated with mode of delivery and other perinatal characteristics. Compared to vaginal delivery, CS (Caesarean Section) was associated with 32% higher risk of having an infant with a lower number of newly formed T-lymphocytes (TREC values ​​within the lowest quintile). Accumulating evidence links early fetal-neonatal living conditions to later health in adult life [36]. Recent epidemiological studies have confirmed that CS is associated with a moderately increased risk for immune disorders later in life, also after taking potential confounders into account.

Preterm born infections have functional deficiencies in their immune system and are more vulnerable to infections. The fundamental mechanisms of the innate immune system and how immaturity contributes to the overall risk of infection during the neonatal period are not fully understood, but preterm birth is considered the largest risk factor for infections during the neonatal period

In conclusion, I believe this study provides another piece of knowledge on establishment of immune function at birth and its relation to various perinatal risk factors, such as gestational age, mode of delivery and birth weight.

The rapid increasing rates of CS worldwide and the greater risk for immune disorders later in life add fuel to efforts trying to resolve these issues. Our study has identified several important risk factors for reduced number of T-and B-lymphocytes in newborn infants, and CS delivery without a clear medical indication may be the one that can be modified most rapidly.

Excessive Cleanness

We live in an age of cleanliness.
Our soaps are antibacterial.
Our household cleaners promise to kill 99.9% of germs. Microbes are bad, plain and simple.

But at the same time, some scientists also tell us that being too clean is also wrong, because it might help cause asthma and allergies.

Today, many scientists argue that people have become “too clean” for their own good.

In 1989, the British epidemiologist David Strachan was the first to suggest that the exposure to infections during childhood would provide a good defense against allergies in later life. An allergy is, in fact, our immune system going haywire, by perceiving a harmless substance as a major attack. Our bodies, says Dorothy Matthews, biologist at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York, may overreact to beneficial microbes, because our immune systems have forgotten how to live with them.

Take a baby's dummy that's fallen to the floor. It's better for the mother to suck it clean rather than provide a new sterile one, he says, because this has been shown to accelerate development of the infant's microbiota, and reduces allergies.

And while we might think dogs are dirty, they also help most of us to increase microbial biodiversity and reduce allergies.

“Let your children play in places where they have contact with soil and vegetation, which are rich in beneficial microbes” – Ilkka Hanski

Around the house, the solution for fighting the wrong kind of bacteria is not excessive cleaning, but timely cleaning. Take chopping boards in the kitchen. If you cut your greens, it's OK to wait until after dinner to do the washing up. Not so if you've chopped raw fish or meat. Instant action is required, or you could put your family at risk of infection.

After all, it's well established that about 70% of all chicken are contaminated with Campylobacter, a bacterium which can cause food poisoning and will happily multiply on your chopping board.

Studies show the benefits. Children who grew up in an environment that was not obsessively clean have lower rates of allergy and asthma. And certain bacteria also actively protect us from bowel disease and even some types of anxiety and depression.

On the plus side, says one commentator, you can take heart in knowing that every time you get a little sick, you get a little stronger. “The message is not one that most people want to hear: they want the quick pharmaceutical fix for the slightest bit of discomfort. But every time you take the quick fix, you make your body a little weaker.” That's something to remember the next time you're tempted to slather on the shower gel.
With thanks to the following research articles.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/

journals.plos.org/plosone/article

bbc.com/future/story/20151118-can-you-be-too-clean

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Understanding the Top 8 Food Allergies

Food allergies have become an important topic in recent years for a multitude of reasons. Their incidence has been on the rise, affecting 30% of adults and 40% of children. People can be allergic to just about anything but there are 8 allergens which are most common.

What is an allergy?

When your body is exposed to an irritant (known as an allergen ), such as pollen, it launches an attack against it. Most of the time when this happens, we do not even notice it. Sometimes, if there's an overabundance of the allergen or your body is especially sensitive to it, this immune response shifts into overdrive. Your eyes water, your nosy gets stuffy, or you break out in an itchy rash. Some allergens cause life-threatening reactions, such as anaphylaxis, which leads to a sudden drop in blood pressure and a narrowing of breathing airways.

Foods can also act as allergens. When someone is allergic to a food, they can not eat it at all. Some allergies are so severe that people can not even be near the irritant, as breathing it in or touching it could cause anaphylaxis. An allergy is different than a food sensitivity or intolerance. Intolerances, such as the ability to digest milk (lactose intolerance) are not typically life-threatening, although they will cause discomfort, such as bloating and diarrhea, if ingested.

The Big 8

The Big 8 are the cause of 90% of registered allergies and labeling is required by the FDA to warn consumers of their presence or possible presence in foods.

1. Peanuts: Peanuts are actually legumes, which as a group are responsible for a large number of allergic reactions. People allergic to peanuts are not likely to be allergic to other legumes, such as lentils. Children are more likely to develop a peanut allergy if they already have an egg allergy.

2. Shellfish: Shellfish can also cause severe allergic reactions. Crustaceans (shrimp, lobster, crabs) are the most common, although some allergic reaction may occur with mollusks (clams, mussels, oysters). Shrimp is considered the most allergenic.

3. Fish: Pollock, salmon, cod, tuna, mackerel, and snapper are among the fish which commonly trigger fish allergies. The allergen in this group is the fish muscle protein parvalbumin . These allergies are often developed during adulthood and are less likely to be outgrown.

4. Milk: Milk allergy is the most common allergy in infants and young children. A milk allergy causes an immune response to the proteins in milk. All milks, including those from cows, goats, and sheep can pose a problem. Most children outgrow their milk allergy.

5. Eggs: Also common in children, both the yolk and the whites of eggs can trigger a reaction, but in some cases the egg yolk is less allergenic. Eggs are not only used in foods, but also in skincare products and cosmetics which contain eggs. Most children will outgrow their egg allergy.

6. Soy: Also in the legume family, soy is an allergy that kids are likely to outgrow. Here in the United States, soy is most often found in processed foods, either as soybean oil or soy protein isolate. People with soy allergies may be able to have soy lecithin without issue.

7. Wheat: Wheat allergies are fairly common and typically resolve during childhood. A wheat allergy is different than Celiac disease, where gluten causes the inflammatory reaction. Celiac disease launches a different immune response than other allergens. Actual wheat allergies are uncommon in adults.

8. Tree nuts: One of the most potent and common allergens, tree nut allergies affect 1.1% of the world's population. Those affected by the tree nut allergy should avoid macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, chestnuts, hazelnuts, and pine nuts. The reactions associated with tree nuts are often sever, with walnuts and cashews causing the most reactions. At least 90% of children that have a tree nut allergy will not outgrow it.

In Conclusion

Accuracy in food labeling is critical for people with allergies, but it's not as easy to be sure when dining out. Do not be afraid to ask your server or the chef what's in the dishes, including any allergens the foods may have come in contact with. It's in your best interest to enjoy your meal safely!

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Say No to Toxic Shampoo and Foods

Living a healthy lifestyle does not always just mean eating our vegetables. Today's world bombs us with toxins every day as pollution is all around us. Toxic waves from our mobile phones and microwaves, oil spills destroying oceans, aluminum oxide sprayed in the skies, toxic poisons in our genetically modified food and even toxins in our makeup and soaps. These all do damage to us on a daily basis.

These can not be avoided but we need to be aware of what we are putting on our skin, our hair and in our mouth. Protection from these harmful toxins come from vitamins, herbs and phytonutrients.

Some shampoos for example have a toxin in them called Sodium Lauryl Sulphate. This makes the shampoo foam when we mix it with water but it is also a degreasing agent which is why grease comes off easily when you wash your hands with soap. The problem is that when you're putting this on your hair it is also entering the blood stream through your skin. Once this is in your blood stream it circulates to your organs and increases their toxicity. This can cause irritation in the eyes, affect your reproductive system and cause cell mutations.

Your skin does not protect your body because when toxins are absorbed by the skin they bypass the liver, enter the bloodstream and tissues directly. Also you are probably also using the shampoo in a hot shower which has opened all your pores in your skin and it becomes absorb more easily.

When eating toxic food our body's natural defences can help to break down some of the toxin. Enzymes in your saliva and stomach breaks them down and they go through your liver and kidneys to be left in the toilet but when something enters through your skin this does not happen so your shampoo may be poisoning your body.

There can even be a problem with natural shampoos as they tend to leave a residue on the hair that can make it look dull and feel unclean. They are also not always as pH balanced as you think, can damage the ends and they do not lather as well so you do not feel as if they clean properly.

Some shampoos and cosmetics can have what's called dioxane in them and this can be linked to breast cancer. Diethanolamine or DEA is another ingredient in both shampoos and some cosmetics in concentrations that are often not safe. It reacts with preservatives and creates nitrosodiethanolamine which has also been known to cause cancer. This can stop you from absorbing Choline, which is one of the B vitamins important in development of the brain and during pregnancy. Parabens also found in shampoos can affect your hormones which maintain and regulate all functions in your body. Parabens are often disguised as Propylparaben, Parahydroxybenzoic acid, propyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid and several other names all containing the words benzoic acid or the word paraben at the end so start to read labels to see what is in your shampoo.

Another poison we may be putting into our mouth is called MSG which is commonly found in soups, sauces and other packaged foods. It could also be in your shampoo disguised in the form of glutamic acid or amino acid. Propylene Glycol found in antifreeze, tyre sealants, paint and varnish could also be added in there because it acts as a solvent. It can irritate your skin and affect your liver and kidneys. Some side effects such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, drowsiness and in some extreme cases even death can be caused by these poisons.

So your seemingly harmless bottle of shampoo, soap or washing up liquid from the supermarket may not be as harmless as they look. Start to read labels and take your vitamins, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, drink enough clear filtered water and eat three fruits and three vegetables daily as well as at least one serve of protein. If you do not protect yourself from these substances that pollute our world you may find one day it's too late and you need to take a whole stack of prescribed medication for the illnesses these toxins and our polluted food and air have given you.

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How to Identify Skin Allergies and Treat Them in Time

Allergies are the bane of life. These conditions pop up at the least times and can create a lot of discomfort to life in general. In the more advanced stages, they can wreak havoc since they can become potentially life threatening! It is always a wise thing to find out what allergies your body is honest to and how to identify them. This will help you get the right kind of treatment at the right time before things get worse. Different people contract different types of allergies. Some are externally seen, while others are more internal. Either way, they need to be attended to as soon as possible. Skin rashes and other skin conditions are very visible and if not raised in time, can leave permanent scars.

Various types of symptoms
Rashes are normal skin conditions that occur when the body reacts adversely to an allergen. These can easily be treated with the help of over the counter lotions and ointments. But hives are an entirely different category of rashes and are detected using Urticaria Diagnosis. They usually cause itching, but sometimes they may sting or even cause a burning sensation. They appear suddenly as if out of nowhere, anywhere including the tongue, lips, face, ears, throat, etc. They come in different sizes ranging from tiny spots to the size of dinner plates! At times they may fuse together to form plaques.

Life threatening conditions
Hives are red bumps that appear on the skin due to allergic reactions of the body. They appear for a few hours or so, or at the most for a day. After that they fade away. Angioedema is just the same as hives, but the swapping bumps appear underneath the skin rather than on the surface. Deep swapping can be seen around the lips, eyes, and at times on the hands, feet, and genitals as well. Urticaria Diagnosis can help to identify this condition before it gets worse. In rare cases, angioedema can occur in the throat and lungs, which can make breathing very difficult.

Contributing to research
If you are interested in learning more about these types of diseases and want to contribute to researching them and finding out better cures and preventive measures, you can apply for exams that will help you gain valuable insight into Urticaria Diagnosis. These exams are conducted by internationally recognized organizations that are dedicated to researching immunologic and allergic diseases with a view to educating people about the same. If you want to have a part of this program, check out their websites and enroll right away. These exams are based on revised questions that are prepared on topics such as allergens, drug hypersensitivity, dermatological and respiratory allergies, etc.

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Eliminating Mattress Fumes – 5 Things To Do

Many mattresses contain volatile organic chemicals such as formaldehyde, flame retardant chemicals which often use chemicals such as antimony oxide and melamine resin. These big-named chemicals can cause huge problems in the bedroom, particularly for those who are chemically sensitive.

So if you have bought or been given a new mattress and are struggling with the fumes, here are 5 tips that may help you get a good night's sleep on your new mattress sooner than later.

1. Talk with the manufacturer about the chemicals that are in the mattress and could be off gassing. Ask them to hold it in the warehouse for several weeks before delivering it to give the chemicals time to off-gas. And ask them for their recommendations about dealing with the fumes.

2. Take a ride with the mattress. This may seem like an incredibly silly idea, but this can make a huge impact on getting rid of the odors. Put the mattress in an open truck and take a ride with it. Having air blow through the mattress has proven to get rid of the smell quickly and permanently. You can also do this as you take delivery of the mattress.

3. If the mattress is already starring at you in your bedroom, try using a box fan in an open window (weather permitting). Turn the fan so that it pulls air from the inside of the room to the outside. Close the door to the rest of the house. Although this is a temporary solution, it may possibly help keep the air in the rest of the house tolerable.

4. Research the mattresses on the market to find out which ones use fewer chemicals. Since 2004 the Consumer Product Safety Commission has required that any mattress sold in the United States be able to withstand an open flame for 30 minutes. This sets the safety bar wonderfully high in an attempt to prevent us from dying from a fire in bed. However, make sure that you are aware of the chemicals being used to prevent that fire. So before you throw away the old mattress make sure you have all the information on the new one.

5. An air purifier with a carbon-based filter and a potassium iodide additive will help eliminate any off gassing of volatile organic chemicals that continues and will help keep the air in your bedroom fresh, and conducive for relaxation and sleep.

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Food Allergies Are Curable

Allergic reactions have been escalating in recent years, especially among children. When curing allergies, it is essential to understand their causes. There are many known factors that lead to reoccurring allergic reactions such as under infections, genetic predisposition, emotional trauma, a weak immune system, a yeast infection, and parasites.

Allergies can be of different types. Environmental allergies, for example, include pollen, ragweed, mold, and other elements found in the environment. People are also allergic to pets and medicines. Food allergies can range from lactose intolerance and gluten sensitivity (often reactions to hormones and antibiotics in milk or pesticides contained within wheat), to known foods such as shellfish and peanuts.

If it sees to you that food allergies have a high profile, you are not mistaken. Supermarkets, restaurant chains, and websites offer a variety of allergen-free products. There is even a law that requires that potential allergens be listed on food labels. Schools are especially affected, as they have to accommodate the specific needs of highly allergic children and prevent the potentially serious health threat to certain allergens can precipitate. Having an epi-pen on hand at schools is now required, in case of an anaphylactic occurrence. The tripling cost of epi-pens has distracted parents across the country.

There is no group in the population that is more affected then the youngest amongst us. Recently, there has been a 400% increase in the incidence of food allergies, stated in the book Unhealthy Truth. Private insurance claim lines with diagnoses of anaphylactic food reactions rose 377 percent from 2007 to 2016. Allergies are the 5th largest category of diseases. Author Robyn O'Brien states, “Food allergies are not a niche, it is a growing epidemic that is challenging how we think about our food and how it is made. allergic to food or to what's been done to it? ”

The Journal of the American Medical Association states that the costs of food allergies, from medical care to food to pharmaceuticals is $ 4,184 per child per year, costing our economy $ 25 billion, including lost productivity. Emergency room visits due to food allergies are estimated at 40,000 a year and account for at least 300 deaths annually. This statistic does not include the convenient neighborhood Urgent Care centers.

Many children who suffer from food allergies sometimes present a variety of different symptoms that are often misdiagnosed and mistreated. This can lead to repeated unnecessary rounds of antibiotics and even surgery that do not resolve the undering issue, which is an allergy. I've seen many children with a mold allergy be diagnosed with asthma. This often leads to unlimited use of inhalers and medications. While any item can cause an allergic response, the main food culprits are milk, wheat-gluten, peanuts, shellfish, soy, and eggs. Typical symptoms include breathing difficulty or wheezing, recurring infections, nasal congestion, swelling, nausea, and pain. When you see a child having an allergic reaction, is gasping for air, and you feel helpless to stop it, then you understand the seriousness of allergy.

If you experience symptoms that do not have an explanation, chances are that you might be reacting to a food in a delayed matter. Often the pain symptoms do not appear until the next day! Food allergies can have serious consequences. They can co-create autoimmune problems and chronic conditions such as eczema, ADHD, asthma, as well as digestive system damage. There are over seventy auto-immune diseases and gluten in wheat is linked to everyone.

Currently, there are no medications or shots that address food allergies. The official prescription requires that the patient avoid the intake of the food item, usually for the rest of his or her life. This can be extremely difficult.

I utilize a holistic technique that works to effectively eliminate food allergies. I have successfully used this technique for over twenty years in treating infants, toddlers, children, adults, and seniors. My natural approach to allergy elimination is safe, gentle, and most importantly it works.

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Knowing Allergies and Their Symptoms Can Save Your Life

There is an old saying that says, “Health is wealth”. Money, possessions, properties, etc. can all be taken away and a person can still find ways to get more of them or acquire them back. But take a person's health away and you will find him unable to do anything else. For the sake of your own safety and protection, it is important to keep yourself aware of the many medical conditions and symptoms that exist today. Allergies are seemingly very common these days, but there are some that are much more more than the others. These can be potentially fatal as well, and so, having a good idea of ​​what they are and how they develop can save your life.

Natural causes
Some of the most common health problems that are faced by people today are caused by completely natural forces that are beyond the help of human beings. For example, pollen allergy is very commonly seen among many societies in the present world. It is caused by inhaling the very fine and yellowish powder that is released by flowers, and transported by birds, animals, insects, and most commonly, the wind. For the plants it is a way of reproduction and breeding, but for many humans, it becomes a health hazard. For people who are chronically affected by this, it can mean a lot of misery. Knowing how to protect yourself is the first step to being careful.

Taking precautions
Taking the necessary precautions to protect yourself from these types of naturally caused allergies is very important since you run the risk of getting severely affected. Grass pollen is known to cause a lot of misery and inconvenience to many people and it can sometimes take a long time to recover once affected. Many local news channels provide frequent updates on what the pollen count in each of the surrounding areas is. Keeping track of this will help you take better care of your health and prevent exposure. It will also give you an idea of ​​the areas that you should avoid while going out.

Knowing the symptoms
It is always advisable not to self-evaluate your health, in order to prevent you from coming to the wrong conclusions unnecessarily. But in some cases, it is better to be aware of what symptoms you should look out for if you are susceptible to grass allergy. Some of the commonly seen symptoms are sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy eyes and throat, watery eyes, and wheezing. In most cases, these may be normal and nothing to be alarmed of. But in case you find yourself having signs of aggravated asthma such as increased wheezing and coughing, you should consult an allergist right away.

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Top Benefits of a Global Atlas for Allergies

Allergic diseases today are an important health concern that affects the lives of millions of people around the world. Comprehensive documentation and effective strategies are the need of the hour to tackle allergy epidemic in a systematic way at global, regional and national levels. However, there are several areas such as education, research and development, training and clinical care where needs are still unmet. A global atlas of allergy developed by expert opinion leaders from around the world is the perfect platform and reference tool for all those involved in dealing with allergic diseases.

Building Awareness of Allergy Epidemic
Although it is estimated that over half the world's population is sensitized and more than thirty percent have one or more allergic conditions, allergy diseases do not receive priority in national healthcare programs. This is even more evident in developing countries due to their insufficient resources and heterogeneous affiliations. A global atlas written by leading opinion makers' builds awareness about the socioeconomic danger of allergic conditions around the world and the need to recognize it as a top priority in healthcare strategies.

Comprehensive Information with Expert Insights
A comprehensive global atlas of allergy provides a broad array of information covering all aspects of allergy including descriptions of molecular and cellular mechanisms and risk factors to best methods for diagnosis, treatment, control, management and prevention. As a reference tool, it is of immunity value to medical students, researchers, allied health workers, primary health care providers, pharmacists, policy makers, medical industry professionals, patient organizations and specialist doctors. A worldwide atlas for allergy offers guidance on how to overcome barriers such as poverty, poor infrastructure and education that are commonly observed in developing countries.

Allergy Training and Care
Two excellent ways of tackling the global allergy epidemic are optimized allergy training and clinical care. Very few professionals are involved in these two aspects because of the lack of focus on the benefits of accurate diagnosis and optimum personalized treatment. A global atlas of allergy can change this by elucidating the need for proper allergy training and care. By establishing actionable plans for strategy development and resource management, it helps policy makers worldwide take strong decisions. One significant contribution of a worldwide allergy atlas is the development of a global strategy concept that seeks to bring together various shareholders such as schools, patient organizations, pharmacist, allied and primary health care providers.

How to Access
There are some reputed organizations working to build awareness, promote research, collect and disseminate scientific information about allergies and immunologic diseases. They have already published global atlases of allergy as well as specific conditions such as asthma, allergic rhinitis and chronic rhino sinusitis that have been developed by reputed opinion leaders as desktop references with multi spectral usages. Anyone interested can go online and read them for free to gain comprehensive information on allergy conditions.

Do not fight the battle against allergic diseases blindly – arm yourself with scientific information and education to make the world a better place for those suffering from allergies!

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Most Common Types of Allergies

Those who suffer from allergies may also suffer to varying degrees – quite a few need to take some kind of medication for it. In the United States for example, allergies such as rhinitis (inflammation of the nose) tend to affect 40 to 50 million people.

Food Allergies
Food allergies are probably one of the most common and are often the first that many people will think of. Sufferers tend to be allergic to a wide range of foods, and the intolerances themselves can be quite specific. Celiac disease, for example, is an intolerance to gluten. However, this is also another rarer allergy in which a person will be allergic to most processed cereals – meaning that they are unable to eat bread, wheat, oats or anything else that has been processed by modern agricultural farming methods.

Allergies to Grass and Pollen
Grass pollen also tends to be quite a common allergen for a lot of people and the symptoms of this will usually manifest during the summer time. Those with a grass allergy will often try to avoid places where there is a lot of grass, which can sometimes have a serious impact on a person's quality of life depending on what kind of outdoor activities they do. In cases like this, certain types of medication will be taken.

The most well-known symptom of a grass or pollen allergy tends to be rhinitis when the nose gets inflamed and starts to cause a significant build-up of mucus. While this can be a nuisance in many cases, some people find that symptoms can get so bad that they end up being unable to work, go to school or even sleep.

Skin Allergies
Skin allergies can be quite varied as well. The most common symptom tend to be a hives and eczema, which can have a range of different causes. Eczema, for example, is often caused by contact with specific substances such as perfumes or latex. Other conditions may also be present which can exacerbate it, such as to have particularly dry skin.

What To Do If You Suspect You May Have An Allergy
If you feel that you may have allergic reactions to certain materials or substances, then it is best to first of all try and stop using them and see if there is any improvement. However, the best thing to do is speak to your doctor and try to get an appointment with an allergy specialist. If you suspect you have a skin condition, an appointment with a dermatologist is also a good idea.

The important thing, however, is to avoid kind of medication without consulting a doctor first. There may be a range of other treatments that you can use before trying to resort to stronger medicines.

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Australian Scientists Breakthrough on Peanut Allergies

This has been hailed with excitement today as scientists announce that trials conducted to overcome peanut anaphylactic shock has been successful. Although it will not be available for some time for the general public they demonstrated that at their subjects are now free of the condition after the experiments ended. Children have reportedly died after coming into oral contact with the nut that has set up an immediate reaction.

The danger they face is horrendous as they can not eat anything from school canteens, in public restaurants, or anywhere else that may serve something that has nut residue in it. Even drinks are probably not always advisable without they are known to be nut free.

This has prompted manufacturers to label their products with a warning that they may have been in contact with peanuts or words to that effect. This puts a lot of stress on the shopper who must read every label to ensure the safety for such an allergy sufferer.

While my health has always been great and I can presumably eat anything without a reaction in recent times strange things have happened. One of the things that brings up a reaction now is Omega 3 oil which comes from fish. My throat tends to swell and this is dangerous as it can stop air getting into the lungs.

Another incident happened at a restaurant where I had a meal with chips. As they were ingested my body suddenly turned pale and a draining feeling came over me. My son took me outside to recover in the fresh air. Feeling better I resumed the meal and when another chip was ateen I sunk to the floor almost in a faint. Whatever those chips were cooked in they set up an allergic reaction.

This demonstrates how careful someone with an allergy to nuts or anything else has to be when going to dine out. The stress for the one involved is horrendous and that makes the scientific new today all the more exciting for them.

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Why There Are More Allergies and Obesity Today Compared With Years Ago

That's a hard question to answer because no one really knows. There are, however, differences in the approach to child rearing that may have an impact. In my young days, that were post WWII, children were given everything to eat and there was no thought of allergies. The closest my body came to one was that of dust from which sinus would result. No one in my family or anyone we knew, however, ever mentioned allergies.

Babies were returned with a taste of everything, even when they spat it out. Eggs were high on the menu as were nuts, fruits, vegetables of all types, and, of course, meat. My children were given exactly the same treatment. My babies received cows milk when they were weaned and nothing was held back by way of food.

My daughter, by way of contrast, read books to determine what her children should eat. They were denied eggs and lots of other foods. The result, which may have come from this practice, is that one of them is highly allergic to certain foods.

The other factors that entered the scene are books written by male doctors who stressed the importance of holding back on some foods for a young child. This coupled with the junk food that replays the fresh or home cooked meals sees young children given things like soda drinks high in sugar, foods high in salt and other things, and sweets, such as iced coated donuts and biscuits.

Watching young mum's feed these things to toddlers in shopping centers to keep them quiet while she concentrates on her purchases leads to other thoughts. Why take a child that young into these places where they see the junk food and scream their heads off to get them?

It may be hard for mothers to work their way through modern trials and errors to avoid health problems, but they need to wake up to what modern takes on child-rearing are doing. While such things may not be liable for allergies it might be interesting for some practitioners to examine the present changes in this area compared to post war years. It may also help to understand the obesity problems that faces some adults.

Surely what children grow used to follows them into adult-hood. That may apply to those who can not walk through a shopping center without first visiting the junk food outlets. Interesting thoughts that should be examined further.

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Eucalyptus Oil Therapeutic Uses

Eucalyptus essential oil is a natural oil that comes from the Eucalyptus tree. This essential oil has many uses including the therapeutic uses. Eucalyptus oil is used in many ways to help the body and mind. It also has practical uses.

One of the practical issues of Eucalyptus oil is for cleaning. Did you know Eucalyptus essential oil helps to get rid of mold? It does. Put a few drops on a cloth and wipe the place that has mold. No more mold! You may also make a cleaning solution to clean mold and other parts of the house such as bath tubs, counter tops and sinks. Mix a few drops of Eucalyptus essential oil with 1/4 cup water and a couple of tablespoons of baking soda. This makes a nice, non-toxic cleaning solution.

A very common therapeutic use for Eucalyptus oil is to help with respiratory problems. If you have allergies, a bad cold or sinus issues which cause you to have trouble breathing Eucalyptus essential oil can help. You can add a few drops of Eucalyptus oil to a bowl of hot water. Put your head over the bowl. Cover your head with a towel and inhale the Eucalyptus aroma. This will help your nasal cavity to open up and you will be able to breathe better. Many times an infection causes the nasal cavity to swell which is why there is trouble with breathing. Eucalyptus oil has healing properties that can reduce swelling in the nasal passage.

If you have a bad cold or need mucus in the lungs to break up you may wish to use a lotion or salve with Eucalyptus oil in it. Rub it on your nose and chest to improve breathing. You can make your own emergency therapeutic lotion by using an unscented lotion found at the store and adding a few drops of Eucalyptus oil. Mix together and apply to your chest. This lotion also works well for healing dry skin. Never apply essential oil directly to the skin. Never drink or ingest it directly.

Another common use of Eucalyptus essential oil is in bath salt or soap to help reduce pain in the muscles and joints. If you have Fibromalgia, Arthritis or a closed muscle, relaxing in a bath with Eucalyptus oil can help those muscles to feel better. You may wish to use a little Eucalyptus bath salt or Eucalyptus bath oil in your bath. This helps your mind to relax as well as your joints and muscles. Many times tense or strained muscles are the reason why your body is in pain. Eucalyptus essential oil has a strong smell so you do not need to use much.

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Food Allergies Versus Food Intolerances

When it comes to preparing food for a large crowd, it is important to consider people's taste, as well as their health. This means creating menus that include both tolerant and allergy-free foods. People of all ages can suffer from food aversions and intolerances; and the severity of their condition can range on a wide scale, from very minor and uncomfortable, to very serious or fatal.

For the sake of safety, liability, and consideration, it is always important to prepare menu spread with everyone's needs in mind. The first place to start is learning the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance. This knowledge will help you better understand your potential menu options. Continue reading to do just that!

Food Allergies

A food allergy is perceived as a toxin in a person's body. It triggers an exaggerated immune system response that affects multiple organ systems in an attempt to alert the body of the toxin. This can trigger additional physiological responses that overact and cause serious or fatal symptoms.

Food allergies are serious because some can lead to severe injuries or death. Even microscopic particles of food can cause an allergic reaction, even a fatal one. The most common food allergies include peanuts, shellfish, cow's milk, soy products, wheat, hen's eggs, and tree nuts like almonds, Brazilian nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts. These are called the “big 8” in the culinary world, and are the most familiar food aversions known to the general public.

Food Allergy Symptoms:

  • Hives
  • Red Skin
  • Swelling (face, eyes, cheeks, hands, feet, etc.)
  • Itching
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Anaphylaxis (difficulty breathing, dizziness and loss of consciousness, etc.)
  • Respiratory Symptoms

Food Intolerances

In contrast to food allergies that affect the immune system, food intolerances affect the body's digestive system. When a person consumes food they are intolerant to, the digestive system has trouble breaking it down. This can be caused by a number of reasons, primarily a lack of essential enzymes, sensitivity to food additives, and reactions to naturally-occurring chemical in food (ie mycotoxins). Food intolerances are not life-threatening, but they can cause major discomfort and illness. In minor cases of food intolerance, people can consume small amounts without experiencing any substantive issues. The most common intolerances include glucose, lactose, Tyramine, food preservatives, and food additives.

Food Intolerance Symptoms:

  • Flatulence
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Cramping
  • Fluid Retention
  • Abdominal Distention
  • Hives
  • Swelling
  • Migraines
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty Breathing

When preparing food for a crowd, whether yourself or through catering services, be sure to keep both food aversions and intolerances in mind. There is a wide range of menu options that can do just that, so you will not have to sacrifice variety and flavor!

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A Few Ways To Relieve Spring Allergy Symptoms In Children

Before starting any treatment for spring allergy you need to visit a pediatrician to check if it is the allergy which is causing your child's ailment or whether there is some other reason for the symptoms. Although there are no effective cure for spring allergies in children, there are a few ways in which you can make the little ones feel better.

These few tips have proven to be effective at helping curb spring allergy symptoms.

Keep Your Child Indoors

Staying inside the house is one of the best ways to avoid contact with the allergens. When the pollen count is high in the air, try to keep your child indoor. Pollen count is highest in the mid-morning or early evening or when there is wind.

Salt Water Treatment

Nasal congestion is one of the most painful symptoms of seasonal allergy. For relieving the congestion you can try out nasal irrigation with salt water. You can either buy the saline water from the medicine shop or create your own by mixing 8 ounces of water with 1 teaspoon of salt.

Make Your Child Drink Plenty Of Water

Continuous sneezing and blowing the nose can leave your kid feeling parched. So always keep a sipper jar handy to keep your baby properly hydrated.

Steam Therapy

It is okay to give the little ones some tub time provided the water is steaming hot. The steam from the water helps to alleviate the allergy symptoms. Only ensure that the water is not scolding hot.

Keep Your Room Cool

Turn on the air conditioner in your home and car to keep the pollens from making its way into your room.

Use A Humidifier

Your child would breathe a lot more easily if there is a little moisture in the air. If you are living in an area with dry climate then you might consider getting a humidifier.

Use A Cold Compress

If your child is bothered by the itchy eyes symptom then apply cold compress on the eyes and face. Cold compress is an effective way of dealing with soreness and itchiness.

Gargle For Sore Throat

If the child is suffering from sore throat then gargling with saline water could immensely help to ease the pain.

Hot Drinks Help Too

Lot of fluid intake helps to check the allergy symptoms. A ginger, lemon honey tea is a refreshing drink which also helps to relieve congestion and cold throat.

Use Petroleum Jelly For A Sore Nose

If your child's nose is raw and sore from the sneezing then just dab some petroleum jelly to get rid of the soreness.

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Useful Home Treatments for Constipation

Constipation is a condition of the digestive system where someone experiences tough bowel movements which happen less frequent than normal. Everyone has experienced constipation at some point in their life, and they can attest that it is not a very pleasant experience. Although it is not chronic, everyone would give anything to get their bowels back on track. The amount of time between bowel movements varies widely from one person to another.

Most people have them three times in a day while others have them twice or even once! However going for more than three days is enough to cause alarm. This is because food takes longer in the digestive tract which means the colon absorbs more water from the stool. This makes the stool hard and dry and there despite difficult and even very painful to eliminate.

Causes of Constipation

1. Low Amounts of Fiber in the Diet

Fibers act as cleaners to the digestive tract. Diets that lack fibers result in an unclean digestive tract. This, consequently, results in accumulation of food particles and wastes that block the passage and then cause constipation

2. Physical Inactivity

People who are physically inactive, for example, those who are bedridden for several weeks, are more susceptible to constipation. This is because physical activity helps us maintain a high metabolism, and thus body processes such as digestion happen more rapidly.

3. Some Drugs

Some of the drugs that cause constipation include

Antacids that contain aluminum such as Basaljel
Diuretics such as chlorothiazide
Antidepressants such as imipramine
Narcotic pain relievers such as hydromorphone

4. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

People who suffer from this condition suffer from constipation more frequently

5. Aging

As we grow older, our metabolic rate slows down. This results in a reduced rate in body functions such as digestion and then cause constipation

6 Not Drinking Enough Water

This results in more absorption of water from the food which makes the stool hard. The result is constipation

7. Not Empty Your Bowels when Needed

Ignoring this vital call of nature means the stool spends more time in the colon. As a result more water is absorbed from it leaving it hard and dry.

The Remedies for Constipation

1. Add Fiber-Rich Foods to Your Diet

The main role of fiber in our body is cleaning the digestive tract. They clean up the system by scrubbing off food leftovers and waste particles and even soaking up the water, thereby treating and preventing constipation. Some of these foods include cereals, almonds, beans, barley, vegetables, and fresh fruits, among many others. You should also drink plenty of water

2. Mint or Ginger Tea

Research has proven mint and ginger to be handy home remedies to digestive problems. Methanol that is contained in peppermint has an antispasmodic effect which helps relax the digestive system's muscles and thebyy allow rapid movement of food. Ginger, on the other hand, helps the digestive generate more heat thatby speeding up digestion through increased metabolism as heat increases the metabolic rate.

3. Healthy Facts

Oils from avocados, nuts and olive oil help in lubrication of the digestive tract and hence ease constipation.

4. Lemon Water

Citric acid present in lemon juice helps stimulate the digestive system and also flush out harmful substances such as wastes. Taking a glass of fresh lemon juice every morning or adding lemon to your tea will not only help treat and prevent constipation but also make you drink more water everyday.

5. Coffee

Coffee is a good stimulant to your body. It works by increasing metabolism through heat and theby speeding up your trips to the toilet. Other hot drinks work just as well.

6. Raisins

Other than being rich in fiber, raisins contain tartaric acid which helps loosen stools. Research shows that people who take raisins have their food go through their digestive track in half the time it takes people who do not. When should you call your doctor? If you experience sudden constipation that is accompanied by belly pains, cramping, or you are not able to pass stools or gas, call your doctor immediately.

7. Water

Taking a cup of water after waking up is recommended. Water helps in peristalsis and therefore helps prevent constipation.

8. Massage

Massaging the abdomen also helps in relieving constipation. It achieves this by stimulating intestinal muscles that are involved during bowel movements.

9. Taking Honey

Honey is a natural laxative. Taking a cup of honey water will help loosen stools and hence prevent and even treat constipation.

10. Using a Sitting Stool

Using a stool to sit on during defecation helps you adopt a squatting position which helps open up the colon more and helps achieve an easier and more effective elimination of stools.

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