Allergy Remedies


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allergy-remedies

Pollen is flying throughout the air during most of the year. Whether it is trees, flowers, grasses or weeds, millions may suffer from four to eight months out of the year. Drug companies target the 26 million seasonal allergy sufferers in the United States each year with ongoing advertising campaigns. Unfortunately, many of these same allergy sufferers may have more side effects due to the use of these drugs than realized.  Allergy doctors are reporting that these over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are not helping their symptoms.

While it is tempting to just lock our self away, if you’re one of those who suffer from allergies, there may be natural allergy remedies that can help you enjoy the allergy season as much as someone who has no allergies.

When an allergen hits enters a persons body, histamine is created. Histamines create physical responses such as sneezing, itchy watery eyes and more to help get rid of allergic offender.  While most allergy drugs that you buy at the local drug store are only designed to treat the symptoms, others such as antihistamines may stop the production of histamine giving temporary relief.

Allergy Remedies

Neti pots and sinus rinse devices are used worldwide to help clean the sinus cavities. A mixture of non-iodized salt with water can help rinse away the allergens from the nasal cavities. Many allergy sufferers report feeling brand new for a day after rinsing their nose with salt water.

Another natural allergy remedy is quercetin. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid, which helps the body slow the release of histamine. It is also believed to fight free radicals. The quercetin is found naturally in foods like apples, parsley, tea, onions, citrus, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce and wine but supplements are also available. Quercetin should not be used by people with liver problems or who are pregnant or nursing.

Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids as cold water fish, flaxseed oil and nuts can help with allergy symptoms. If you are prone to a lot of congestion of your allergies, try mixing a little horseradish, hot mustard or chili pepper to food. They are natural decongestants. Try to avoid foods that cause allergic reactions, because they may trigger a stronger response while fighting other allergies.

There are several other natural allergy remedies available. Do some research online and find one that works best for you.

About the Author:

Jason Baker is a owner and operator of a health food and vitamin store in Houston, Texas and writes articles for local holistic publications.

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Gluten Allergy


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gluten-allergyGluten is a protein found in grains, this protein, gluten in particular can not be digested by people suffering with the disease known as celiac.

A diet program was created to help the millions of people who have celiac disease, IBS (syndrome irritable bowel), diabetes and wheat allergies. Find food and recipes that are free of wheat, barley, rye, bulgur, semolina, flour, kasha, matzo meal, and oats which can be a problem for food allergy sufferers . (Gluten oats are not harmful but are often treated in the same factories as wheat. Look for gluten-free labels in all packages of oatmeal)

Gluten can be found in food additives and is used to stabilize and thicken foods that are processed including many alcoholic beverages. For those with celiac disease, IBS and wheat allergies, consider choosing a diet that is completely gluten-free. Unfortunately, it is a 100% commitment to be free of all grains and all that is produced with grains.

Finding gluten free foods and recipes that the whole family can eat every day was a challenge until I read about a former executive chef and owner of a 100% gluten-free, sugar free, low glycemic, organic, allergy friendly restaurant. It only goes to show that with a little research and dedication, anyone can make gluten-free meals that the whole family will eat.

About the Author: Lorrie Craven has had type 2 diabetes since 1997. She enjoys sharing diabetes recipes, news and stories about her experiences with type 2 diabetes. Check out Lorrie’s site at: www.diabetichealthtoday.com.

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Cold Allergies


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cold-allergiesAccording to the National Institute of Health (NIH), children be get over six colds per year  in various degrees. Young children under the age of six which have developing immune systems are more likely to develop a cold.

Preventing Colds

Eating a good healthy diet and using pure water is the first defense against colds and allergies. Having a good nights sleep and getting enough daily exercise is also equally important.  A recommended diet includes whole foods, fresh fruits, vegetables and lean proteins.

Cold Self Treatments

If a child has a cold, it is important for the to eat lightly until it has subsided. This will allow their body to focus on healing instead of heavy digesting. Wisely chosen foods such as chicken soup and other nutritious meals are the best medicine. Here are some additional food recommendations:

  • Steamed vegetables
  • Herbal teas
  • Ginger, onions and garlic
  • Lemon and honey in warm water
  • Mint flavored teas

Certain foods may actually make a cold worse and prolong wellness. For example, sugar depresses the immune system and may keep white blood cells from fighting infection. Remember, orange juice and other juices are high in sugar and should be avoided. Switching to teas and water is a better alternative.

Milk encourages the buildup of mucous, so it’s best to avoid dairy during the healing process. If they must have milk, consider soy or rice milk.

Cold Remedies

Medical doctor James Balch, co-author of Prescription for Natural Healing recommends the following herbs to counter a cold:

  • Echinacea
  • Lomatium
  • Elderberry

Hydrotherapy

Hot baths, showers and breathing in steam imbued with lavender oil can soothe coughs and help children fall asleep. Adding eucalyptus or peppermint can relieve congestion. Finally, remember the age-old tradition moms have used for centuries; for sore throats, gargle with salt water.

About the author: Dr. Lauri Grossman writes for various holistic publications.

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Fungus Allergies


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fungus-allergies

I recently received the following email inquiry about mushrooms growing inside a persons home!

So I never had any allergies before, and recently began experiencing symptoms such as eruptions on the eyelids and a lot of sneezing and a runny nose. I discovered there was a leak between the bathroom wall and the living room. When I pulled the sofa from the wall, there was actually mushrooms growing from the baseboard.  I’m pretty sure that when I ever leave my house, I feel better. It sucks. Please help!

This is the only time I had ever heard of actual mushrooms (fungus) growing inside a home in my 30 years as a mold specialist and remediation contractor.

Fungus can be broken down into two categories when we are talking indoor air pollution:

  1. mold
  2. mushrooms

Each of these two fungus organisms need organic matter to grow (colonize) … of which many homes has a much of it. In addition, high levels of humidity further exacerbate the problem.  Fungus thrives at 60% or more relative humidity levels.

If you feel you have an allergy to mold then it is probably not actual mushrooms found in your indoor environment, but mold which can be found in various places in the typical home. When you develop a hypersensitivity to a mold, then you will experience allergy symptoms when exposed to it. This is especially true if the mold is growing somewhere in the house such as a damp wall, the air conditioning coil box or perhaps a refrigerator drip pan.

First look around the cupboard, the bathrooms and other areas for sources of moisture. Check for damp walls, leaking pipes, mineral stains in the ceiling sheet rock from a roof leak, holes in siding and around window frames. Since you live in an apartment complex, there is also a chance that moisture is being caused by a leak in an adjacent unit, so ask around and see if your neighbors have mold problems. If no leaks are obvious then it may be growing in a place out of sight such as those listed above. Have a heating and air conditioning professional check your unit for mold in the coil box, check under sinks for a mold smell, clean your refrigerator drip pan and check all other hidden areas where moisture may be hiding. You could even purchase an inexpensive hygrometer and check the humidity levels around the house. Relative humidity (RH) readings should be below 60%. If the RH level is above 60%, then you should rent or purchase a dehumidifier to control humidity in the house. As soon as you lower and maintain moisture levels relative between 40-50%, then molds may dry out and release spores into the air. Unfortunately a dead or alive mold spore can make you ill so you will still need to remove excess dust including possible mold spores from the indoor environment.

Consider purchasing a HEPA (high efficient particle air) vacuum cleaner and air purifier and use regularly until symptoms get better. If you continue having a moldy smell indoors, then you may also consider hiring a mold contractor to remediate the problem. Be sure and check at least three of their references before proceeding.

About the Author:
The Sick House Center provides resources and information about Sick House Syndrome and other indoor pollution issues. Read about Mold Solutions for the indoor environment at the Sick House Center.

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Allergy Terms


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allergy-terms-definitionsAllergy Terms

Here are some uncommon allergy related definitions to refer to when coming across an unknown term in a post.

You spoke and we listened so here they are:

Note: Examples listed in parentheses when appropriate.

  • Allergen: A substance that is foreign to the body and which may cause an allergic reaction in certain people. (Dander, mold,pollen)
  • Allergic contact dermatitis: A red and itchy allergic reaction where the skin has come into contact with a substance that the immune system sees as foreign. (poison ivy, poison oak, creames, lotions.
  • Allergic reaction: An immune system response to a substance in a allergic individual.
  • Anaphylactic shock: A severe allergic reaction which can include loss of consciousness, breathing problems, swelling of the tongue and breathing, low blood pressure, heart failure or even death. (most common in bee, wasp stings and seafood consumption) Immediate treatment is paramount and the administration of a antivenom in the case of bee or wasp stings.
  • Conjunctivitis:Inflammation caused by an allergic reaction to the whites of the eyes (the conjunctivae). Conjunctivitis is also referred to as pink eye..
  • Eczema: An allergic and inflammatory reaction of the skin. (reddening, swelling, bumps and scaling of the skin)
  • HEPA: High Efficient Particulate Air (Arrestance) The best filtration technology for cleaning surfaces and air.
  • Histamine: Substance that plays a major role in many allergic reactions. Histamine dilates blood vessels and makes the vessel walls abnormally permeable.
  • Hives: A raised and itchy area of skin that is almost always due to an allergic reaction. (rounded, flat, elevated above the surrounding skin)
  • Immunoglobulin: A protein produced by plasma cells and lymphocytes and characteristic of these types of cells. Immunoglobulins play an essential role in the body’s immune system. They attach to foreign substances, such as bacteria, and assist in destroying them. Immunoglobulin is abbreviated Ig. The classes of immunoglobulins are termed immunoglobulin A (IgA), immunoglobulin G (IgG), immunoglobulin M (IgM), immunoglobulin D (IgD) and immunoglobulin E (IgE).
  • Immunoglobulin E: Abbreviated IgE. A class of immunoglobulins that includes the antibodies elicited by an allergic substance (allergen). A person who has an allergy usually has elevated blood levels of IgE. IgE antibodies attack and engage the invading army of allergens.
  • Insulin: A natural hormone manufactured by the pancreas. Insulin controls the level of the sugar glucose in the blood allows cells to use glucose for energy. Cells cannot use glucose without insulin.
  • Serum: The clear liquid that can be separated through mechanical means from clotted blood. Serum is different from blood plasma in that it does not contain red and white blood cells or platelets.
  • Spasm: An automatic jerking movement caused by the muscle which can be painful when the muscle clenches tightly. Spasms in various types of human tissue may be caused by stress, medication, over-exercise and other factors.
  • Urticaria: Another name for the hives .
  • Vaccines: Microbial preparations of dead and/or modified microorganisms that can stimulate an positive immune response in the body to prevent future infection. (usually administered by injection)

Courtesy of the staff at Allergy Relief Expert.

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Allergy Definitions


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allergy-terms-definitionsAllergy Definitions

Here are some uncommon allergy related definitions to refer to when coming across an unknown term in a post.

You spoke and we listened so here they are:

Note: Examples listed  in parentheses when appropriate.

  • Allergen: A substance that is foreign to the body and which may cause an allergic reaction in certain people. (Dander, mold,pollen)
  • Allergic contact dermatitis: A red and itchy allergic reaction where the skin has come into contact with a substance that the immune system sees as foreign. (poison ivy, poison oak, creames, lotions.
  • Allergic reaction: An immune system response to a substance in a allergic individual.
  • Anaphylactic shock: A severe allergic reaction which can include loss of consciousness, breathing problems, swelling of the tongue and breathing, low blood pressure, heart failure or even death.  (most common in bee, wasp stings and seafood consumption) Immediate treatment is paramount and the administration of a antivenom in the case of bee or wasp stings.
  • Conjunctivitis:Inflammation caused by an allergic reaction to the whites of the eyes (the conjunctivae). Conjunctivitis is also referred to as pink eye..
  • Eczema: An allergic and inflammatory reaction of the skin. (reddening, swelling, bumps and scaling of the skin)
  • HEPA: High Efficient Particulate Air (Arrestance) The best filtration technology for cleaning surfaces and air.
  • Histamine: Substance that plays a major role in many allergic reactions. Histamine dilates blood vessels and makes the vessel walls abnormally permeable.
  • Hives: A raised and itchy area of skin that is almost always due to an allergic reaction. (rounded, flat, elevated above the surrounding skin)
  • Immunoglobulin: A protein produced by plasma cells and lymphocytes and characteristic of these types of cells. Immunoglobulins play an essential role in the body’s immune system. They attach to foreign substances, such as bacteria, and assist in destroying them. Immunoglobulin is abbreviated Ig. The classes of immunoglobulins are termed immunoglobulin A (IgA), immunoglobulin G (IgG), immunoglobulin M (IgM), immunoglobulin D (IgD) and immunoglobulin E (IgE).
  • Immunoglobulin E: Abbreviated IgE. A class of immunoglobulins that includes the antibodies elicited by an allergic substance (allergen). A person who has an allergy usually has elevated blood levels of IgE. IgE antibodies attack and engage the invading army of allergens.
  • Insulin: A natural hormone manufactured by the pancreas. Insulin controls the level of the sugar glucose in the blood allows cells to use glucose for energy. Cells cannot use glucose without insulin.
  • Serum: The clear liquid that can be separated through mechanical means from clotted blood. Serum is different from blood plasma in that it does not contain red and white blood cells or platelets.
  • Spasm: An automatic jerking movement caused by the muscle which can be painful when the muscle clenches tightly.  Spasms in various types of human tissue may be caused by stress, medication, over-exercise and other factors.
  • Urticaria: Another name for the hives .
  • Vaccines: Microbial preparations of dead and/or modified microorganisms that can stimulate an positive immune response in the body to prevent future infection. (usually administered by injection)

Courtesy of the staff at Allergy Relief Expert.

“The Sneeze” commercial

Food Allergies


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food-allergies

Sometimes a feeling of uneasiness and discomfort occurs immediately after a meal. It is often thought that the result of a food allergy. In most cases, however, this feeling of discomfort is the result of the intolerance of some foods rather than food allergy. The difference in food intolerance and allergy is mainly realized through the difference in time scale and severity of symptoms.

To understand and diagnose the difference between the two is important. Symptoms of food intolerance can manifest within hours or even a day later. In the case of allergies, the onset is immediate and generally within an hour. Food allergy occurs when the immune system attempts to process a protein found in the food incorrectly, leading to an overreaction by the body and the production of certain chemicals. It is important to identify the allergen in question is causing the food allergy so that it can be avoided in future.

Some of the key symptoms that occur with food allergies are:

1. Skin rashes and itching
2. Severe diarrhea and vomiting
3. Stomach cramps
4. Swelling skin especially in areas of procurement, such as the eyelids, lips and inside the mouth
5. A runny nose and blocked nasal passages
6. Inflammation throat, trachea and larynx
7. Headaches
8. Fatigue and dizziness
9. Joint pain
10. Hives

These symptoms should be identified immediately as delayed treatment can lead to malfunctioning of the internal systems. Ingredient labels should be read carefully when buying food and when eating out it is always a good idea to check with the waiter at the restaurant about ingredients used to prepare a plate. Some patients are so vulnerable that doctors even advise them to carry self-injectable epinephrine pens, which can literally save your life during  a severe allergic reaction.

The foods below are five of the most allergic foods for people with food allergies:

1. Eggs
2. Milk or dairy products
3. Seafood and shellfish
4. Peanuts and cashews
5. Wheat

These are the foods which most common affect children and adults, and it is important to visit a medical professional as soon as you experience any signs of a food allergy. In cases of food intolerance, smaller degrees of similar symptoms may occur but usually disappear after a short time. In the cases of food allergies these symptoms even more pronounced and severe, and may also lead to severe breathing problems or diarrhea.

Source: For over 20 years, the ALCAT Test has provided both patients as well as healthcare professionals with a tool to successfully overcome a wide variety of conditions which result from chemical sensitivity and food intolerance. Their site is: www.alcat.com.

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Chicken Allergies


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chicken-allergyAcross the world, people are rush to food restaurants, thinking about what to have for dinner or eat a quick snack at the office. Most of them probably are not thinking about the food-borne illnesses or food allergies from a piece of chicken.

Nevertheless, some of them get sick from food they consumed, while at home or away from home. While it is not something you want to dwell on, it is important to know the facts so you can protect your health and prevent serious complications.

Chicken or Egg?

Some people who are known to have egg allergies do also have an allergy to other chicken products. However, it is rare to find allergy sufferers who are allergic to both.  Allergic reactions to food occur when a person eats a food to which he or she is allergic. Unless the person is not aware of his allergy, consumption is usually unintentional.

The Chicken-Foodborne Connection

Ill effects that occur after eating improperly cooked chicken may be the result of foodborne illnesses. Foodborne diseases more commonly known as intoxicated food and are the result of eating contaminated food. Everyone is susceptible to them to some degree. There are four major classes of pollutants that can cause foodborne illness and they are:

  1. Bacteria
  2. Virus
  3. Parasites
  4. Bacterial toxins

Symptoms of the above pollutants can include fever, cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and fatigue. Renal failure and paralysis of a couple of effects most serious associated with certain types of bacteria, including E. coli and Clostridium botulinum.

However, it is important to note that allergic food reactions produce many of the same symptoms as foodborne diseases, such as stomach pain, abdominal cramps, fatigue and vomiting. Allergic reactions, however, have the potential to be much more serious. A person who has a severe allergy to a food can go into anaphylactic shock if consumed, which can lead to respiratory failure and even death. The only way to prevent allergic reactions is to avoid contact with problem foods. That means carefully reading labels and provided information about restaurant food ingredients.

If you feel you may have a chicken related allergy, then it becomes important to inquire as to the unlisted ingredients which may be in poultry dishes. If a restaurant does not fully disclose their ingredients, then you should choose to eat elsewhere.

However, in cases where a restaurant, company or person is responsible for your food poisoning or severe allergic reaction, then you may wish to seek out the advice of a personal injury attorney.

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Alcohol Allergies


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beer allergiesMany people need a drink to get through the day, because they are addicted to the ingredients of an alcoholic drink. Therefore, it seems that alcoholism and food are closely related to addiction, if not identical.

Researchers at the Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, have recently conducted intensive research on alcoholism and its possible causes. There was evidence to justify the belief that alcoholism is, in fact, an allergy food. His research showed that alcoholics are twice as susceptible to allergies to foods that are non-drinkers. Alcoholics were found are addicted to different elements within the drink, rather than alcohol itself.

Alcoholic beverages are made by the fermentation of sugars derived of cereal starches and vegetables. For example, beer contains barley and hops, whiskey, barley malt, vodka, potatoes, barley or rye, wine, grapes, and so on. All alcoholic beverages contain yeast, another common allergen.

The presence of alcohol in the system acts as a catalyst for the absorption materials in the intestinal tract. As the alcohol is absorbed, it is required along with food particles from which the alcoholic beverage made in particular. Moreover, because the catalytic effect of alcohol, accelerated uptake of any drug or food eaten with alcohol, also occurs.

The ingredients that make an alcoholic drink can cause a form of addiction of food allergy, which, because of the influence of alcohol, is even more acute without alcohol food allergies. As a result, a person with this problem becomes a compulsive drinker, or grossly inaccurate use of that word – ‘alcoholic’.

The chemical effect of alcohol causes compulsive drinkers experience withdrawal symptoms that are even more intense than other food allergies. The drinker addicts, in despair, reaches another drink to seek relief and thus perpetuates an endless cycle of ingestion and withdrawal. Dr. Mandell writes about addiction alcohol as a food allergy.

“Alcoholics may feel they are taking to combat a state of anxiety or depression of mind due to some emotional problems – and no doubt a drink makes them feel better fast – but in reality, are suffering from addiction form of food allergy, and anxiety and depression nervous system are allergic reactions to food residues of raw materials, of the alcoholic beverage.

As in most related with food allergies, there is an addictive process that requires more frequent large doses to control withdrawal symptoms and briefly to regain a sense welfare. This is particularly true with the compulsive drinker, which is locked in a cycle of relief and withdrawal symptoms, followed by recurrent symptoms, which is only relieved with more alcohol. It is only when this endless cycle is permanently broken the victim could regain good health. After that, abstinence is usually the only answer, even if the allergy is to grains and the person who has been a beer drinker, then a change to a non-grain based on wine, as wine, can solve the problem. However, this should only occur after a period of total abstinence for at least six months to allow the immune system overloaded system to regain full function.

People who are dependent on alcohol often have a serious problem of childhood masked allergy. Along his childhood and teens in the afternoon, which were never well – suffering from various diseases recurring fatigue and terrible attacks of depression that go with insidious condition. Then, with his first sip of beer or spirits, they feel much better. Others may have an initial negative reaction, followed by a sensation beneficial. The result in both cases is that the individual forms a firm bond with the alcoholic beverage and subsequently incorporated into their daily lives. Start a spiral downward, which can last many years before the person reaches a stage where the alcohol is no longer relieve the symptoms no matter how much is consumed.

Most alcoholic beverages other than wine is cereal based, with wheat being an important ingredient. Therefore, a close relationship appears to exist between a person the taste for foods such as bread, cakes and cookies, and the need to drink beer in excessive quantities.

About the Author:
Daniel Struinburg is an volunteer counselor for a Alcoholics Anonymous in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Gold Allergy


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gold-allergy

I’m allergic to my earrings, which are 14k gold?

I’m starting to have symptoms of allergy in both ears, what can I do to stop them?

Best Answer:

A mild skin reaction to gold is a greenish stain on the skin directly in contact with the gold and is often mistaken for a gold allergy but is actually oxidation from sodium thiosulfate or sodium chloride via skin perspiration which slightly corrodes the metal. Fine jewelry, such as 18-karat gold, oxidizes far less, so the discoloring usually doesn’t occur with the higher quality 18-karat pieces.

With that being said there are people who do have jewelry allergies that can cause severe skin rashes and hives, so if there is any doubt, visit an allergy doctor for your piece of mind.

Consider heading out to buy hypoallergenic stainless steel or platinum items if you are plagued with recurrent gold allergies.

Hope this helps … try stainless steel jewelry first because it’s usually cheaper!

About the Author: David Herschthal, MD, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (Dermatologist)

Additional Information from the AllergyReliefExpert.com Editor-In-Chief

Gold allergies are further exacerbated from a combination of friction and excess moisture. If you are experiencing excess friction and movement of a ring or other piece of jewelry against your skin, then consider resizing the piece to reduce movement and therefore friction.  Also, if the piece is still causing an allergy issue, then consider having it evaluated to make sure there are not other metals present which could be causing the problem. (See the Related Posts below for additional information)

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