Corn Allergy

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How do you deal with a corn, dairy, wheat allergy?

I have a child who tested positive to wheat, dairy, corn and allergy. What should I do to help? She is six years old.

Best Answer:

First, do not worry since there are many positive things you can do to help her.  Secondly, find a good online forum which discusses corn allergies and you can discuss with others that have similar allergies.

Here is a good forum which focuses primarily on a corn allergy;

Here are some other online sites you can try as well:

  • http://no-corn.blogspot. com

Avoiding wheat and dairy products can be difficult, but there are probably more products out there which contain corn. For example; corn syrup is a massive food sweetener that is used in millions of products worldwide. Corn is a major component in many food products such as cereals, peanut butter, snack foods and soft drinks. It is even hidden in many vitamin products. They use it because it is very cheap but it can create a host of corn related allergy symptoms. If you read the links above you’ll understand why. I really can not overemphasize the benefits of joining a corn allergy support forum as recommended. Most of those who have an allergy to corn also have other food allergies, and its not uncommon to be allergic to milk and wheat with a corn allergy.

Daniel Strong is a corn farmer in Iowa.

Severe Asthma–Allergy to Corn

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Ragweed Allergies

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ragweed allergiesThe spring and fall is a time that most people consider to be wonderful times of year. Spring brings a fresh start after the winter months. Trees regain their leaves, flowers and blooming flowers and autumn leaves change color of a sample making fun of color in preparation for winter to come. However, for ragweed allergy sufferers, it is a time of terror and fear. Spring and autumn are the two important times of year for seasonal allergies.

Seasonal allergies are classified by certain substances in the air, which only appear at particular times of year, most often during spring and autumn, although summer allergies are also common.

More commonly known as hay fever, allergies do not always coincide with the summer when hay is harvested and rarely, fever, so the term “hay fever” may be a little misleading. Ragweed is one of the most common of all hay fever causing allergens.

Hay fever usually causes itching of the roof of the mouth, nose, back of the throat or eyes. This itching can come very rapidly. Symptoms include runny nose, as well as a filler in nose and sneezing. It often causes watery eyes, sometimes very very watery and possible redness of the eyes and eyelids. The nasal lining in the nose may inflamed and swollen. It can also cause headaches, irritability and wheeze. Many who experience these types of allergies may also have asthma.

Treatment usually depends on the type of allergy and severity, but usually this kind of allergies can be controlled through the use of antihistamines in the counter decongestants section of your local drug store. Bathing the eyes with eye wash regularly can also help alleviate any irritation of the eyes.

In the spring, hay fever is known to be triggered in the southern, eastern and the midwest parts of the US.  Trees like cedar, birch, oak, alder, maple and elm can release much pollen into the air.  In summer, grasses, such as red top, timothy, bluegrass and orchardgrass, are the main culprits, and in late summer, ragweed usually becomes the worse allergy trigger of all.

In the fall, and russian thistle sagebrush are known to cause major problems for hay fever sufferers in the western part of the U.S.  Between December and March, cedar (also known as juniper) is an important pollen producer. Grass in the south-western U.S. has a long period of pollination, which makes for a longer allergy season for the southwest region.

If you think you may be suffering from any form of hay fever, you can try any of the countless over the counter (OTC) allergy drugs on the market. In most cases, these drugs will do the trick. However it is always wise to consult with an allergy doctor for diagnosis and treatment.  Allergy shot regimens can drastically improve hay fever and other allergies.

Michael Russell is an independent writer who publishes articles on allergy related subjects.

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Dog Allergies

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dog allergiesIt is believed that over 25% of all allergies seen in dogs are caused by the food they consume. After flea bite allergies, food allergies are the second most common cause. Many people are lead to think that the introduction of a “natural” or “organic” will prevent potential food allergies in their dogs. While it may be a healthier alternative to other choices, it may still lead to allergic reactions.

Food allergies can affect animals of both genders male and female, whether they have been castrated and neutered or not makes no difference. There is no specific age for an allergy to appear in a dog. They can show up as early as three months and up to twelve years. Studies have shown that most dog allergies occur when they are two to six years old.

There is a difference between food intolerance and a food related allergy. The latter is a true allergy and can manifest itself with symptoms of skin problems and itching and are associated with canine and feline allergies. Severe food allergies can result in vomiting or diarrhea animals and loss of weight.

Various studies have acknowledged that some ingredients found in store bought food are more likely to trigger an allergy in dogs than others. The most common offenders to dogs are dairy products, beef, wheat, eggs, chicken, soybeans and corn; these are common ingredients in dog foods and are proven to be the most problematic. Most pet food ingredients contain grains such as wheat and corn which cannot be fully digested by most dogs. The undigested food particles may accumulate in the dogs digestive tract setting them up for allergies at a later time.

It can sometimes be difficult to detect if your dog has a food allergy and not a environmental exposure allergy which may cause related symptoms. The most common sign is itching of the skin, which may include recurrent ear infections, hair loss, excessive scratching, hot spots and skin infections. These can be treated with antibiotics but can often recur after treatment has ended. Dogs with food allergies often have increased bowel movements, studies have shown a non-allergic dog has 1.5 stools per day compared to a dog with food allergies can go three or more times a day.

Seek out higher-end dog products from suppliers who advertise a holistic approach to dog health. While holistic dog food is more expensive, they may save you money later in reduced vet bills and will probably prolong the life of your best friend . . . your dog!

About the author: David Fox is a long-term dog enthusiast and personally owns 6 dogs at his home in California. He converted his dogs to a more holistic diet a few years ago and believes his dogs are healthier and happier as a result.

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Hot Tub Allergies

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Hot-tub-allergiesHot Tub Allergies

Hot tub related allergies are on the rise as more and more people enjoy this relaxing past-time.  Most people believe the skin rash or eruption may be due to excess bacteria found in the water from poor care. However, most rashes are due to improper pH levels; too high or too low can actually irritate the skin.

Since hot tubs do not have the water capacity of a swimming pool, they do not generally require the use of strong chlorine based products but rather a far milder amine compound known as bromine.  It is believed that up to 3% of people may be allergic to bromine or chlorine.

Even though it is quite rare, there is a final possibility that a hot tub which has a high level of turbidity (suspended solids) may have a bacteria nown as a pseudomona.  This bacteria can cause skin rashes after just one exposure and can typically be treated with a topical antibiotic ointment. The primary reason a bacterial infection of the skin caused by sitting in a hot tub is so rare is because the water will almost always appear too dirty to sit in.

Water should be changed out regularly according to use or at least every six months and bromine tablets should be added to the tub after heavy use. It is also recommended that persons refrain from applying liquid skin lotions and soaps at least one hour before sitting in a hot tub since they will rinse off and contaminate the water causing more frequent change outs.

About the Author: Steve (a.k.a. The Spa Doctor), Los Angeles, CA

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Wine Allergies

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Some people suffer from wine allergies with symptoms that include headaches, irregular heartbeat, asthma, facial flushing, sinusitis and other reactions. For them, Monahan makes low-allergy wines (hypo-allergic). This means we avoid unnecessary additives where possible.

Let’s consider the chemicals and compounds found in wine and particularly the ones that affect people. They are, Preservative #220 also called Sulphur Dioxide or Sulphites, Preservative Potassium Sorbate (#202) or Sorbic Acid (#200), Wood tannins from oak, Tannins from skins/pips, Alcohol content and Salicylates, Amines.

Each of the above can have a role in causing allergies. However, it is generally the ‘combined total load’ of these chemicals that determine the severity of a reaction.

Many people are affected by the sulphites that are found in wines. Sulphites are a group of food chemicals numbered from 220 to 226.  The most common one used in Australia is Preservative 220 which is Sulphur Dioxide.  This additive is very reactive and binds with anything in its path. It’s an excellent chemical for destroying bacteria and ‘mopping up’ free oxygen.However, that same reactive ability is also the cause of allergy problems for some people.

Sulphites are measured in ‘parts per million’ or ppm. In most countries, a 750ml bottle of champagne can have up to 350ppm which is very high, considering the maximum daily intake is only 60ppm according to the World Health Organisation. Table wines can have up to 250ppm of sulphites added, and at that level a sensitive person can expect a nasty reaction after just one glass. Organic wines are half this level, and have a limit of only 125ppm in Australia.  Monahan ‘Low Preservative’ wines are even lower, and our whites are below 85ppm, and our reds are below 60ppm.

Oak Tannins
Some people avoid wines made with oak because it affects them poorly. This is interesting because oak barrels have been used in wine-making for centuries, and wine and oak are synonymous. However, oak is a problem for some people because it contains high levels of strong tannins that are the astringent component of timber designed to repel insects and grazing animals. These are quite complex phytonutrient molecules. Most people do not have a problem with oak, but some people will react adversely. The term tannin relates to their use in tanning animal hides to make leather, due to their astringent properties.

We do not use oak in our white wines because we believe the negatives outweigh the positives. Our red wines contain reduced levels of oak because we use aged French oak barrels. We do not use new barrels because the oak tannins and timber resins are highest in a brand new barrel. There are some naturally occurring allergens found in plants, like Salicylates that help protect them from diseases, and insects. And for a small percentage of people, these salicylates can cause health problems, and furthermore, there no lab tests to determine if a person is susceptible.This is because salicylate reactions only occur when the tolerance level of the person has been exceeded. As a general rule, those who can safely eat fresh fruits like apples, pears, grapes, cherries etc without ill affects, do not have a problem with salicylates.

Amines are another source of allergens. In wine, amines are formed by the breakdown of proteins in grapes during fermentation. These amines are normally broken down in the body with the help of enzymes which render them harmless, but someone with sluggish or blocked enzymes can be affected. The reality is that all foods are made up of hundreds of naturally occurring compounds that can have varying effects on us, depending on how much we eat and how sensitive we are. It is recommended that anyone affected by these types of natural plant compounds should select their wine carefully.

Total Load

Wine allergies affect people in different ways, but the more common symptoms are facial flushing, irregular heart beat, low blood pressure, headaches and asthma.  The poor effects experienced by some wine drinkers is caused by the ‘total load’ of additives and alcohol. At Monahan we go to great lengths to produce low-allergy wines where the ‘total load’ is low.

Provided by Monahan Estate Wines, Australia

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Pet Allergy

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pet-allergyIs it possible for my pet to suddenly develop a allergy?

Best answer:

Yes, any pet whether a dog, cat, rabbit or gerbil can develop an allergy to a substance found indoors or out. Indoor allergies are more common since just like their owners, they tend to spend more time indoors.

Cat Allergies

Allergies can be common in cats when their immune system “overreacts” to foreign substances (allergens or antigens) to which it is exposed. Cat allergies can manifest themselves in three ways.

  • Itching of the skin, either localized (one area) or generalized (all over the cat)
  • A respiratory system disorder which may result in coughing, sneezing and/or wheezing (can also include nasal or ocular (eye) discharge)
  • The third manifestation involves the digestive system which could result in vomiting or diarrhea

There are four common types of allergies that a cat can suffer from:

  1. Contact
  2. Flea
  3. Food
  4. Inhalant

Dog Allergies

Dogs will tend to have all of the same allergies as cats but seem to have more allergic symptoms which can affect the skin and ears.  A dogs primary allergy reaction is in their skin. Skin problems can range from:

  • Poor coat texture or length
  • Itching and chewing
  • hot spots

Allergies appear to also play a part in chronic dog related ear infections. We think it may be due to the fact that dogs spend more times outdoors where they can get organic matter, pollen and mold spores into their ears which can become infected according to humidity levels.

Other pet related allergies

Of course, just as humans, any other pet outside of fish can develop allergies from indoor pollutants. In fact, we have seen cases where some pets and their owners are experiencing some type of allergies due to indoor pollutants. When the owners take steps to improve their indoor air quality, then the allergy symptoms clear up for all of the indoor occupants including the pets.

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About the author: David Benson owns a popular pet shop and pet sitter service in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Bee Pollen Allergies

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bee pollenBee pollen and allergies has been a contentious issue for quite some time due to severe allergic reactions some people suffer after a bite bee. Some types of bee pollen allergy sufferers react so severely that they experience an anaphylactic reaction in which the throat, mouth and tongue swell up a point of closing of the throat, making breathing impossible. There have been many who have died from bee stings, however, allergy to bee stings and bee pollen and allergies are a bit murky. We will try to clarify the bee pollen and allergy treatment.

Bee Sting Allergy vs. Bee Pollen Allergy

While many people will react negatively to bee stings, these same people seem to benefit from bee pollen and allergy therapy. Bee pollen is used to treat allergies reduces production of histamine, which cause allergic reactions in the body as the common reaction of hay fever.

It is the defenses Your reaction to something introduced into the body, which is combating the causes and allergic reactions. Bee pollen and allergy desensitization work together These progressive body-reactive antibodies. The next time this substance enters the body, after receiving bee pollen therapy, body realizes that is not harmful and does not produce the allergic reaction.

Bee Pollen and Allergy Benefits

Bee pollen has been known who have many overall benefits to the human body and has many benefits. The benefits of bee pollen and allergy treatment is that it has been known to strengthen the respiratory system, is a source of protein that helps the body build a natural defense against allergic reactions. A survey of patients conducted by Dr. Leo Conway, MD showed all patients who were treated with bee pollen and allergy treatment, showed a marked improvement and became free from all allergy symptoms, regardless of geography or diet. Bee pollen and allergy therapy is becoming well known for its effectiveness in warding off allergic reactions.

Bee pollen warnings

Bee pollen is not be taken if you have had previous reactions to bee stings or bee pollen. In some cases, anaphylactic shock has been reported. If you have a history of any anaphylactic shock reaction to any allergies, bee pollen and treatment of allergy can not be the right therapy for you. If you have asthma, consult your doctor before starting the bee pollen and allergy therapy. Bee pollen contains allergens that can interact negatively with asthma.

We have used a bee product from a pristine source in New Zealand and is the most natural bee pollen source we have come across; We have been using this supplement for over 3 years with excellent health results. We have achieved a general sense of well being and new improved energy levels.

About the author: John Gibbs runs a series of health related websites about bee related subjects and products.

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Mushroom Allergy

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mushroom allergyMushroom allergy?

I have massive indigestion (gas, bloating, severe abdominal pain) after eating mushrooms and can lasts for several hours, even after taking an antacid. Could this be an allergy or sensitivity?  I have not had a problem until recently. I think I will avoid in the future anyway but I’m still curious about what it could be.

Best Answer:

Mushrooms are a fungus and people who have mold allergies can develop mushroom allergies quite easily. Of course, mushrooms are everywhere in the outdoor environment and is reported as mold counts on weather forecast around the world.

What’s odd is that some people who have obvious inhalation fungus allergies can consume mushrooms without an allergic reaction. We think this is because a person can only have a hypersensitivity to a particular mold species making others harmless if breathed in or eaten. However, it is important to note that persons who do have mold allergies can react to a mushroom in their diet at any time without warning.

Allergy skin testing followed by a series of allergy shots are the best way to prevent allergic reactions to all types of molds whether breathed in respiratory or consumed orally.

Source: Yahoo Answers

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