Quote of the Day - October 20th:
Perfume isn't really necessary when you're working out. Or cologne. Some people really splash it on and that's not good if you're allergic to it.
( Risa Stewart )

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…

Claritin Saves the Day

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Every spring, like so many others around the world, my husband goes into sneezing fits, itchy eyes and scratchy throat. Allergies hit him hard. He has tried a number of different allergy meds, all over the counter for him. The best one he ever found, however, was in France a couple of years ago. Continue reading…

What is the Culprit?

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Talking to my friend today, I could hear the frustration in her voice. Her daughter has asthma, allergies and eczema and she is trying her best to find the connection and deal with it. However, she keeps getting shut down by different doctors, getting handed more prescriptions and instead of wanting to put more in her little girl’s body, she wants to clean it up, but no one seems to help. Continue reading…

Things I’ve Learned from Food Allergies

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Until my daughter was diagnosed with a food allergy about 7 years ago, I never really thought about them. I don’t even think I knew what anaphylaxis was. Now, I think about food allergies almost every day, and not just hers. Just like anything that rocks your world, an allergy can open up your mind, make you more compassionate, and teach you a lot. You always get a choice in how you think about things, you can be discouraged and disheartened, or you can become empowered and learn to be a stronger person. So here are some of the top things I’ve learned over the years since dealing with food allergies, and it’s not all the scientific end of it either. Continue reading…

Pollen is Everywhere

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As I was sitting at my desk today I was looking at my window. The day was unusual for late March being cold and drizzly, but the flowers in my neighborhood are in full bloom and so beautiful, splashes of pink azaleas, orange tulips, white dogwoods….and then I saw the UPS truck and my jaw dropped. The top of the big box truck was no longer the familiar brown we relate to UPS, it was YELLOW! The pollen looked so thick it was like snow! I was so shocked though I’ve seen pollen for many years, that took my breath away! Continue reading…

Sleepovers and Visits with Pet Allergies

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Many of us worry about food allergies when our children go to someone else’s house, but there are plenty of us who worry about other things, like pet allergy reactions. Even if you have a pet, maybe your child is allergic to another kind of animal. So what can you do if your child has a pet allergy and her best friend has a pet? Or the other way around, how can you be a good host when someone comes visiting who is allergic to your pet? Here are some tips to help out: Continue reading…

Benefits of Bee Pollen

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We were at a local farmer’s market recently and a bee farmer was there with honey, candles and bee pollen. After talking to him for a bit, my husband decided to buy some bee pollen to see if it would help with his spring allergies. He was a little afraid to start taking it because of reactions or side effects, but went ahead. Now, like with many other medicines or herbs, it takes a while to show any effect. The good news is, though, that after a couple of days, there are no ill side effects. He was worried about swollen eyes or worse pollen symptoms, but so far so good. Continue reading…

Pros and Cons of Natural Alternative and Pharmaceutical Allergy Relief

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With spring knocking at the door, many of us need to start thinking of allergy prevention and relief if we haven’t already. With so many choices of what to take, sometimes it is hard to make that decision. For people taking some sort of medication every day, sometimes more, it does matter what you take. Continue reading…

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