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…

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…

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…

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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Seasonal Allergies and Depression

By Heather Legg | 5 Comments »

Anyone who has suffered from seasonal allergies knows that they can play much more havoc on the mind and body than causing some sneezing and a runny nose. In fact, recent studies have showed that there is a possible real link between allergies and depression. Continue reading…

Are Eye Allergies Any Different than Other Allergies?

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Allergies have a broad range of components, but those who experience allergies may know of the specifics of eye allergies only too well. However, just like all the other aspects of allergies, it can be hard to pinpoint all the facts about eye allergies. So here is your quick reference on eye allergies, the how, what and why, and the difference that makes them stand out: Continue reading…

Can Allergies Affect Your Child’s School Performance

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We know that this time of year allergies affect plenty of people. The numbers are high, about 40% of Americans are affected and that means children, too. When children suffer from allergies, they often miss school, or are feeling so bad at school that they can’t focus or concentrate. All of this can impact school performance. Think about the school day, children are often hungry or tired, throw a headache, sniffly nose and constant sneezing into that and it makes it even harder to focus. This is another instance of where allergies have to be managed or they could have long term negative impact. Continue reading…

The Scoop on Pollen

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For those who suffer from pollen allergies, an online check of pollen counts is probably part of the daily routine, especially during the high pollen season of spring. However, at the recent 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) in San Francisco, researchers said that pollen counts are not always accurate. So now what are allergy sufferers to do with the pollen counts that they so depended on before? Continue reading…

The Dirty on Spring Cleaning for Allergies

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With all the focus on outdoor allergies during this time of year, we need to remember to think about indoor allergies, too. After all, the big cleaning many of us do around now is named “spring cleaning” for a reason. Just as we think about how to stay as allergy free as possible concerning pollen and outdoor allergies, we need to take care of our homes, too, and all the allergens lurking inside. Continue reading…

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