Have you ever eaten something that resulted in skin swelling, difficulty breathing or worse, high fever? What might be the cause? Is it intolerance or allergy? While the symptoms may be similar in most ways, you can conclude that it is intolerance if it just upset your body and it goes away quickly. However, if it is an allergy, it could have a life-threatening effect.
Spring time is fun time because of the weather, and there are also celebrations here and there. If you’re preparing for Easter, Passover, and other spring activities, do not forget to watch out for asthma and allergy triggers that could affect your plans. Here are some suggestions on how to make your spring and Easter celebrations fun and itch-free.
Today is World Health Day, and the World Health Organization will once again gather key people around the globe to discuss and participate events that aim to help communities worldwide be aware of any health concerns affecting the world.
A study published in the medical journal, JAMA Network Open, suggests that children with autism spectrum disorders or ASDs, are more prone to have food, respiratory, or skin allergy. ASDs are neurodevelopmental disorders that begin early in childhood and last throughout a person's life. People with ASDs have difficulty communicating and interacting socially.
In commemoration of the National Autism Awareness Month, researchers around the world are working hard to find causes and treatments for children with autism spectral disorder (ASD).
If you’re a woman, you’ve probably experienced feeling an itching and burning sensation (not in a sexy way) at one point in time. While some women tend to self-diagnose this as a yeast infection and head out to the pharmacy for some meds, sometimes, it’s not always what it is.
If you’re looking for a possible cure for your allergies, you should check out the experiments that researchers from Australia are conducting.
Latex allergy is a serious health risk and it can lead to disastrous results if not treated right away. Some people experience rashes upon contact with this substance while others experience something much more dire—anaphylaxis. Regardless of whether your allergy to latex is minor or severe it’s important to avoid any allergen that could trigger a reaction.
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that results in the lungs becoming inflamed when it gets aggravated. There are instances wherein the airways become even more distended, which can lead to muscle tightening. More symptoms will usually manifest such as coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing or tightening of the chest.
There is a misconception among many that allergies in general are just minor health concerns. For some people, allergies can be fatal if not attended right away. Fortunately, there are natural ways by which you can defeat allergies. Thus, you do not need to buy expensive prescribed medication just to alleviate allergy symptoms. Some of such ways are very easy to follow and may even come as a surprise.
The first important step in battling allergies is finding out what you’re allergic to. Upon the onset of allergy symptoms, head your way to a physician or allergist to identify what triggered the reaction. Allergy Skin Testing is a safe and easy way for them to find out and confirm the allergens that caused the allergic reaction, and it can be performed on both children and adults.
Common allergy symptoms that may need you to get an allergy skin testing include: Itchiness in the eyes, nose, throat, and skin, runny nose, watery eyes, blocked sinuses, coughing, sneezing, hives, eczema, nasal congestion, and anaphylaxis in severe cases.
Through allergy testing, you will be able to find out what particular substances you may be allergic to. Allergens that are used in allergy skin tests include dust mites, pollen, pet dander and hair, insect venom, natural rubber latex, food components, and medications.
There are three kinds of allergy testing performed:
Scratch Test or also known as a prick or puncture test, wherein your doctor will place a drop of various allergens, usually on the forearm or back. A sterile needle is used to prick the skin to introduce the allergen. A reaction or lack thereof will determine if you’re allergic to the substance.
Intradermal Skin Test is similar to the scratch test but instead of pricking the skin, the allergen is injected under the skin using a syringe. Your skin’s reaction to it will determine if you’re allergic to it or not. This method is usually used to test insect venom and medication allergies.
Skin testing results are immediately evaluated as the reactions usually appear within minutes after the test is administered. It is also important to not take any medication before the test as it may interfere with the results.
Is skin testing safe? There may be a mild irritation caused by a positive allergic reaction but it fully safe when done correctly.
When identification of allergens via skin testing is not possible due to several reasons like the patient is suffering a severe skin condition or the patient is under medication -- an Allergy Blood Test can be used instead.
A blood sample is taken and sent to the lab for testing with various allergens. Blood tests may take a few days before results can be derived and it also costs more than skin tests.
A known allergy blood test is the allergen-specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) blood test. An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system is subjected to allergens and overreacts to it. The body perceives allergens as a threat and signals the need for protection to our immune system, therefore producing antibodies called immunoglobulin E.
Your test results will identify your allergens so you will know what to avoid in the future. These tests are important for easy allergy management when you are exposed to allergens.
It’s the season to be jolly and celebrate! The holidays are filled with parties and gatherings and it won’t be the most wonderful time of the year if food allergies are suddenly triggered.
An important step in handling food allergies during the holidays is to be informed. Know what certain foods can trigger your allergy symptoms and next is to make sure to communicate it well to others (especially your host). There are eight common food allergens as identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and these are wheat, shellfish, peanuts, soybeans, eggs, milk, fish, and tree nuts.
Thoughtful planning and preparation are the keys into making each get together enjoyable without any allergies getting in the way.
Here are some tips on handling food allergies during the holidays:
- Make sure to ask about the ingredients of each dish. For the host, it would be best to write an ingredient card for each dish. This way, guests can easily identify which food they should avoid.
- Avoid serving common food allergens. An example would be a bowl of mix nuts for appetizers, serve something different instead.
- Be careful of cross-contamination when preparing and serving food. Decrease the likelihood of it but serving those with allergies first, or provide separate serving utensils.
- Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly when handling different ingredients, as well as before and after eating.
- For allergy sufferers, inform the host of any allergies you have. You can also bring your own allergen-free snacks or eat before arriving at the party. You may also offer to bring a potluck dish that you and others can enjoy.
- Have your medication ready-at-hand just in case of an accidental allergy attack.
Holiday gatherings need not be a worrisome event for you and your guests as long as you've employed careful planning and preparation, and communicated well enough to make sure your allergy concerns are addressed. May you guys have a festive holiday season!