Quote of the Day - October 30th:
Since carriage in the nose is the first step in causing disease, the increased rate of carriage suggests more frequent occurrence of the disease. Indeed, active and passive smoking are associated with increased rate of respiratory infectious diseases.
( David Greenberg )

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…

Allergy to Chicken: Do You Have It

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As you may already know, chicken and fish are two of the healthiest diet options. Compared to pork and beef, chicken meat is relatively lower in fat yet just as rich in protein. Besides, there are many delicious recipes which involve chicken and turkey. You can whip up a variety of meals with just chicken breasts, drumsticks, and wings in mind. Thus, we’ve established several good reasons why it’s quite important for you to be sure whether or not you’re a possible candidate for allergy to chicken. Continue reading…

Hay Fever Relief: Do Natural Antihistamines Really Work?

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If you suffer from hay fever, you probably run to the pharmacy to get a new batch of antihistamine tablets at the first sight of pollen… and the fact that researchers don’t really know why your body has such an extreme reaction to such a harmless product is probably no help at all! You may experience sneezing, running nose, headaches, itchy and watery eyes and in extreme cases, it may even cause breathing difficulties.

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Allergy to Honey: What Exactly are You Allergic to?

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Honey has become such an everyday household word that having an allergy to it sounds so unthinkable!  It makes you think twice about using natural honey as a diet and baking alternative when you’re cutting down on table sugar.  It makes you look twice at that cereal box containing honeynut cereals or that biscuit pack with honey graham crackers in it.  And what about that teaspoonful of honey a day which keeps the doctor away?  Should you skip honey-flavored cough syrups and scrap them from your health regimen all together? Continue reading…

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