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Allergic to Your Home?
This family had a ton of allergies in their home that they showed on the Dr. Oz Show. Allergist Dr. Clifford Bassett examined their home and found a number of allergenic contaminants that were causing the family to get sick. Symptoms included asthma, watery eyes, breathing trouble and even extreme respiratory distress that caused their teenage daughter to make several emergency room visits.
So what is in the air? Look out for seasonal tree pollens now wherever you are and learn more about these allergy culprits that are likely to be not only in your backyard — but also in your nose and eyes!
Plant pollens such as trees, grasses and weeds are not the only allergens that affect the us while working in the garden. Many mold spores also affect people in the outdoors, seasonally, or even year round.
If there is an existing pollen problem in your landscape, replace that plant with a less allergenic selection. A system that may help you do this and indicates the likelihood of a plant’s potential to cause allergy is the Ogren Plant Allergy Scale.
A pollen-producing tree in your own yard will expose you to up to ten times the amount of pollen as would the same tree planted just down the block from your home!
Here are some more allergy sufferer’s tips for you and your yard:
The first step is to reduce outdoor seasonal “triggers” by identifying the plants and flowers that will cause you discomfort. Get tested to choose the “right” plants, shrubs and flowers that are better for you. By knowing your allergies you can also plan ahead and modify your gardening schedule. This involves having the knowledge regarding peak periods throughout the day to the culprit allergens as well as staying tuned to learn the pollen count in your town or city.
Pollen counts from the previous day are available for main cities via the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) as well as in local newspapers and with the daily weather reports on radio and TV. The Web site for the National Allergy Bureau is www.aaaai.org/nab.
You may need to adjust your planting and/or gardening activities as seasonal symptoms such as itchiness of the eyes, nose and throat, sneezing may be worse on windy, dry, sunny and clear days may be associated with greater airborne pollens as wet, cloudy and windless days can see a reduction in outdoor plant pollens.
Plants with bright, showy flowers are better for people who have allergies. Their pollen is large and because they are pollinated by insects, the pollen is seldom airborne. Plants that cause allergies usually have flowers that are small and insignificant looking and have no color for attracting nectar.
The following trees, shrubs, and plants have been found to be BETTER for people with allergies:
If you are considering adding trees to your landscape, you should AVOID planting the following:
Pam Steel, nurse practitioner at the Duke University Medical Center and coordinator of their study on peanut allergies, talks about the potentially very promising results. Also, Dr. Clifford Bassett, NYU School of Medicine faculty member and medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, gives advice on how to deal with food allergies.
Whether it is kissing casually after greeting someone or kissing more intimately, kissing can trigger a possible allergic reaction if you are sensitive to a food or even a cosmetic or skin allergen.
Let’s start at the beginning. How does this happen? First one needs to be sensitive to the allergen at hand (a food allergy to nuts for example). One of the more common food allergens in adults, adolescents and children are peanuts and nuts. Recent studies have looked at how long it generally takes for an allergen such as peanut to be transmitted via oral and mouth contact to another individual. It may take as much as 4 hours for the speck of peanut to finish being passed to another person or mouth!
Another occurrence may be seen by contact to a specific skin allergen (preservative, fragrance in a cosmetic used on or around the mouth and face). If you have a localized contact allergy to a specific skin allergen it may, although rarely, be transmitted to another individual who may have an allergic contact allergy to this substance. I had a patient who developed hives after exposure to her husband’s shaving cream that incidentally was loaded with nut oils. Let’s look at more intimate way a person might be allergic to love.
Many couples utilize a latex condom which can provoke a localized or generalized allergic reaction if you are sensitive to latex rubber. A woman can even develop an allergic reaction to her partner’s sperm containing seminal fluid, inducing localized swelling, hives, and itchiness after lovemaking; fortunately this is a rare problem. The tipoff that you may be allergic to your partner’s seminal fluid is resolution of all symptoms with the use of a condom.
And lastly, if you have sensitive skin, strong colognes, fragrances, scented cosmetics and facial products may irritate you after contact with any of those just mentioned. The irritation may present similar to those of eczema or rosacea. Sunlight may even make these symptoms worse for those who are “photosensitive” and therefore might develop a sunburn-like rash as a result of a combination of exposure to sun and the aforementioned products. In many cases unscented skin care products may be beneficial if you have sensitive skin.
If you have allergies, specifically those to a variety of common foods (including peanuts and other nuts) use caution before your next kiss!
With allergy season just around the corner, let’s take a minute to review some early tips to help you survive allergy misery. Many sufferers have allergy symptoms that affect your eyes and eyelids and can be quite troublesome. Allergy medications may often work better if you start them just before the season begins.
Right now, we are seeing early tree pollens such as juniper, cedar, elm, alder and maple in many regions of the country. The late winter pollens cause “early” spring suffering even before the trees grow leaves!
Here are a few practical tips:
• LIDS OFF: Gently irrigate your eyelids (while your eyes are closed) with a mild, tear-free “baby” shampoo to remove excess allergens and pollutants which may have accumulated. Check with your provider (especially if you wear contact lenses or have other eye problems) to learn whether anti-allergy eye and/or moisturizing drops may also be helpful and safe.
• BLOCK YOUR EYES: Wear sunglasses to block pollens from entering and getting into your eyes.
• WASH WISELY: Rinse off your eyeglasses and shower and shampoo your hair every night to remove allergy causing pollens that collect during the day.
Stay tuned for more late-breaking successful seasonal allergy survival tips to come …
Short of living in a bubble, there are no cures for allergies.
Even with shots and medicines, patients living with allergies still experience flare-ups and symptoms, especially if their allergies are seasonal.
Dr. Clifford Bassett, an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Long Island College Hospital, offered these seven tips, which may alleviate the severity of allergy symptoms, making it a little easier for allergy sufferers to enjoy life.
1. Know the Pollen Count
You can check the pollen count at The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology www.aaaai.org.
“Consider exercising indoors on very high pollen days if you are sensitive to seasonal pollens present in the air,” Bassett said.“Or, perhaps exercise later in the day since certain pollens are higher in the early- to mid-morning.
Bassett said to also be aware of the fact that higher levels of pollen are usually found on warm, dry and/or windy days, whereas lower levels of pollen are present on wet, cloudy days.
2. Take a Seaside Vacation
Time your vacation during the peak allergy season, Bassett said, and go to the beach – pollen counts are likelier to be lower in areas near water.
3. Eat Healthy
Research shows that foods high in antioxidants and omega 3s, which are found in fish particularly, help individuals with asthma, Bassett said.
4. Lather, Rinse, Repeat
Take a shower and wash your hair every night before going to bed, Bassett suggested.
Remember to change your pillowcases and wash your pajamas often, as these are places where pollens and molds can build up.
You may not be able to see them, but you will breathe them in as you are sleeping.
5. Keep Eyes Clear
“Gently irrigate your eyelids while your eyes are closed with a mild, tear-free baby shampoo to remove excess allergens and pollutants that may have accumulated,” Bassett said.
If you wear contact lenses, or have specific eye allergies, check with your health care provider to learn what kind of eye cleanser is best for you.
6. Breathe ‘Fresh’ Air
Whether driving or at home, keep your windows closed and set the air conditioner to re-circulate to keep out pollen, Bassett said. Clean the filters on the air conditioner frequently, especially during pollen season.
If you or someone in your family has extremely bad allergies or asthma, consider a central air-filtration system for your home.
7. Avoid Cross-Reactions
Eating certain foods (pears, apples and hazelnuts) may cause allergic reactions if you have seasonal tree allergies, Bassett said. This is due to a cross-reaction between the proteins in the fruits and the pollens.
Foods such as melons, tomatoes and oranges may cross-react with grass pollens, and melons, chamomile tea and bananas can cross-react with weed pollens.
Symptoms of cross-reactions in allergy sufferers include a tingly mouth or itchy throat.
Original Article on FOXnews.com
Ever since the early ‘70s, we have been on the universal precautions bandwagon.
First, we introduced latex gloves in the healthcare setting in doctors’ offices and in hospitals.
Next, individuals who prepare and serve food in restaurants, cafeterias, etc. also started using latex rubber gloves. So what are the chances you can develop an allergic reaction to latex rubber?
The majority of those affected develop only localized symptoms such as skin irritation and burning, itchiness, redness and/or swelling of the hands or those areas exposed to the latex. Next, are those unlucky allergic people who may have reactions that are more serious and progressive. Higher-risk areas include the dentist’s office, operating room or emergency department and gynecologists’ offices ― just to name a few. So get a medical identification card and/or bracelet to inform of your latex allergy!
So where else do we see allergic reactions to latex rubber?
What am I seeing in my office? Just the other day, a restaurant owner who supervises food preparation (personally) was exposed to foods and products served by staff who wear latex rubber gloves. When tested, we learned she had become allergic to latex rubber and had two potentially life-threatening reactions as a result of exposure in her own restaurant.
If you are allergic to latex, be aware you may also react to the following foods: Bananas, avocados, chestnuts, apples, carrots, celery, papayas, kiwi, melons, potatoes and tomatoes.
Finally, defense being your best option, click here for a consumer-friendly list of products that may contain latex rubber.
Hey, guess what? You have probably been eating foods colored by ground-up insects for quite sometime now. I’m sure you did not know this. Carmine (a red food coloring made from beetles) has been used as a coloring agent in many foods from yogurt, ice cream, juices, candies, and even in cosmetics.
University of Michigan allergist Dr. James L. Baldwin reported a number of patients with an apparent life-threatening allergic reaction to the insect-based food coloring. Cases of asthma and hives and even anaphylactic shock, have been described. The carmine food dye may be a risk for those individuals that are sensitive or allergic to the ground-up insects.
The NY Times reported a recent rule change at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that will mandate food manufacturers list carmine on a food label. At present, the FDA does not require the components of food coloring agents to be named on a label.
Natural food colorings can be added to foods and this new rule change is set to begin in 2011 (although food companies may voluntarily list the components of natural food coloring agents sooner). It is highly likely that ingesting natural food dyes won’t cause any particular health problem, however if you experience an allergic reaction after ingesting a food product with carmine food dye, it may be something to discuss with a food-allergy savvy allergist.
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