Quote of the Day - June 27th:
You can step in an ant bed and be stung several times before you can get away. If someone is allergic -- it can be fatal.
( Alasdair Conn )

Allergy to Smoke: Myth or Reality

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For some people just the sight of smoke is enough to start a long list of symptoms, including blocked nose, sneezing and watery eyes. From the symptoms, you may think that you’re experiencing an allergic reaction and assume you have an allergy to a constituent of the smoke. This article will review current knowledge about the effects of smoke in your respiratory airways. Continue reading…

Essential Oils for Allergy Relief

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Aromatherapy is probably one of the most popular forms of alternative treatments, to provide relief for a wide variety of conditions, from varicose veins to dental problems. Allergies is another condition which aromatherapists claim they can treat with a long list of different essential oils, but actually medical research is limited and only a few examples have been tested for this particular condition. Here we review current knowledge about these oils’ mechanism of action. Continue reading…

Synthetic Fabrics and Allergies

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The type of textile fibres used in clothing can be a cause of allergic dermatitis. This is an inflammation of the skin, ranging from simple localised redness and itchiness to more serious skin lesions. Usually starts in the first years of life, with many babies experiencing sensitive skin. Here we review current knowledge about this allergy and provide suggestions for potential treatments. Continue reading…

When Are Allergies Worse During The Day

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This is scenario that most of those that suffer from allergies and hay fever in particular, are familiar with. Even before any grass is growing, before any pollen is seen in the air, the symptoms are already present. However, interestingly, with regards to the severity of the symptoms, most patients report a pattern during the day. Morning is most definitely the worse, with symptoms ranging from heavy sneezing to nasal congestion. During the day, however, the symptoms seem to give the sufferer some relief, only to come back again in the evening. Continue reading…

Allergies to House Plants

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Having ornamental plants is a popular choice to add colour and variety to your house or work place, but for some people just being in close proximity to plants is enough to trigger an allergic reaction. Continue reading…

Iodine Allergy: It’s not the same as Seafood Intolerance!

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The term “iodine allergy” is regularly used as a collective denomination to explain adverse reactions to iodine, ranging from seafood allergies to reactions to iodine-based medical X-rays or other medical interventions. In fact, it’s common for people to think that is the iodine in seafood that is the cause of their allergy, but this is not correct. Continue reading…

Fever from Allergies: Allergy-induced Low-grade Temperature

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A challenging diagnostic for your doctor

For most people, fever is not a symptom that is immediately associated with allergies, although your doctor could probably tell you that many allergy sufferers also complain from long-lasting low-grade fever. There is some evidence to support the idea that allergies can predispose a person to developing infections, which would explain the high temperature, but allergy-induced fever is very difficult to diagnose correctly. Furthermore, no studies to date have assessed the prevalence of this condition or what factors, such as age or type of allergy, are most likely to cause it. Continue reading…

MSG and Allergy: Science Looking for a Culprit for Over 40 Years

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In 1968, the New England Journal of Medicine received a letter from scientist Robert Kwok describing a series of symptoms experienced by himself every time he had a meal at a Chinese restaurant. Fittingly, he named it “Chinese restaurant syndrome”. The syndrome, he explained, usually begins 15-20 minutes after ingesting the food and lasts for about 2 hours, with no lasting effects afterwards. In his letter, he suggested several potential culprits including wine and excesse salt, but for some reason, it was his suggestion that it could be the glutamate added as a flavour-enhancer additive that caught the attention of scientists. Continue reading…

Why Do Allergies Make You Cough?

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There are literally millions of “bugs” that can make us ill, but generally speaking, we remain healthy most of the time and for that we have to thank our immune system. Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending how you look at it, the immune system has evolved to be able to catch all intruders that come in contact with our body. It’s a case of shoot first, ask questions later… However, this means that in some people, their immune system goes overboard and starts fighting an invasion that hasn’t really happened and that’s when allergies occur. The immune system reacts to harmless substances present around us, making our daily activities uncomfortable or even unbearable. Continue reading…

Is It Skin Irritation or Allergy to Detergent and Laundry Soap?

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Nowadays, people have become so wary of a skin irritation known as Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD). Clinically speaking, the Mayo Clinic defines contact dermatitis as a condition wherein there is skin inflammation which manifests as rashes. These rashes result when your skin comes in contact with substances that cause either skin irritation or allergic reaction. Continue reading…

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