Allergy Drugs


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allergy-drugsDrugs Used For Treating Allergies

Following is a list of drugs commonly used to treat allergies:

Adrenalin (epinephrine) A hormone produced by the adrenal glands. As a drug, it is used in the treatment of severe acute allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis and asthma. It is usually injected, although it can be administered by inhalation.

Managing Allergic Reactions (1): Using an epipen

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Allergy Cause


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allergy-causeThere are a host of health-related symptoms and illnesses which are attributed to allergies when they are actually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. We have assembled the following table to help you determine whether or not your health symptoms may be allergies or is in fact more related to a viral or bacterial issue.

A central question is important to each of these complaints: Is it caused by a virus, bacteria or an allergic reaction? In general, the doctor has more effective treatments than is available at home for a bacterial infection. Remember that viral or allergies do not improve with treatments by penicillin or other antibiotics. To demand a “penicillin shot” for a cold or allergy is asking for a drug reaction such as a more serious “superinfection” and is actually a waste of time and money.

Keep in mind that factors other than diseases may cause or contribute to upper respiratory symptoms. Smoking accounts for a large number of coughs and sore throats. Pollution (smog) can produce the same problems.

Symptom

Virus

Bacteria

Allergy

Runny nose?

Often

Rare

Often

Headache?

Often

Rare

No

Dizzy?

Often

Rare

Rare

Fever?

Often

Often

No

Cough?

Often

Sometimes

Rare

Raising sputum?

Rare

Often

Rare

Hoarseness?

Often

Rare

Sometimes

Recurs during a particular season?

No

No

Often

A single complaint such as sore throat,earache, sinus pain or cough

Unusual

Usual

Unusual

Do antibiotics help?

No

Yes

No

Can the doctor help?

Seldom

Yes

Sometimes

Source: Take Care Of Yourself book by Donald M. Vickery and James F. Fries, M.D.

10 Strange Allergies

Electromagnetic Allergies


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electromagnetic-allergies

Our society, with its many advantages, is not risk-free. We must continually weigh the benefits derived from new materials and products against the potentials hazards. Many problems arising from external sources of electromagnetic force of beyond our control~but we can make evaluations, take precautions and exercise control over our own use of devices which emit a electromagnetic frequency (EMF.)

People have experienced symptoms and illnesses from using electromagnetic devices ranging from headaches to cancer. European countries such as Sweden and others have set minimum standards for exposure to electromagnetic fields, while the U.S. seems to mostly ignore the issue. As a result, the burden of limiting exposure to an electric energy field has been placed on the public themselves throughout much of the world. The key to limiting exposure is the gathering of knowledge about electromagnetic energy and the possible effects on the human body.

Consider the length of time that you use electrical appliances everyday. For example, the electromagnetic field generated from an electric razor or hair dryer is greater than that of a television set or computer, exposure time to these appliances is much shorter.

Here are some simple precautions you may take to protect against electromagnetic low-frequency energy waves or fields:

  • Keep as few electrical appliances in your bedroom as possible. This will help minimize the exposure during your sleeping time.
  • Do not use electric blankets or heating pads, especially near your head.
  • Use a screening shield to reduce the waves from your computer monitor if you use an old-style CRT unit or purchase a newer LCD type monitor which emits low electromagnetic frequency.
  • Check all electrical cords to insure their insulation is intact.
  • Choose a bedroom which is far removed from the entry of the main electrical source into the home.
  • If possible, choose a home site that is far from overhead high-power electrical lines.
  • Avoid free-standing or individual electric room heaters.
  • PET-OWNERS: Keep your dogs and cats from lying on electrical cords for long periods of time as they can develop serious illnesses from exposure to EMF just as humans. In fact, it is believed that certain canine and feline leukemia cases may be caused by their exposure to EMF.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Electromagnetic energy fields can have the most detrimental effect on the brain, so limit your exposure to these fields over time and keep a distance of at least 12” when possible. This would include the usage of a cell phone; use a wireless bluetooth device or even an external mic whenever possible to minimize your overall exposure times.

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Dust Mite Allergies


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dust-mite-allergiesIt would be hard to find anyone who hasn’t heard about the dreaded “dust mite.” But most people have no idea that the dust mite is the number one cause of household related allergies and asthma.

Dust mites are found in the indoor environment and are most prevalent in the bedroom where they fest on the skin flakes in bedding. Oddly enough, people are rarely allergic to the dust mite themselves but the feces of the dust mite. The fecal matter of the dust mites contain a protein that allergy and asthma sufferers are sensitive to. In fact, allergy and asthma researchers state that most all allergy and asthma sufferers are hypersensitive to the protein found dust mite feces. It is only a matter of how much of this protein they must breath in at any one time to create a direct symptom.

The Microscopic Dust Mite
House dust mites, due to their very small size and translucent bodies, are barely visible to the unaided eye. A typical house dust mite measures 0.25–0.3 millimeters (0.010–0.012 in) in length. For accurate identification, one needs at least 10× magnification. The body of the house dust mite has a striated cuticle. They have eight legs and can become airborne by attaching them selves to a household dust particle.

The Dust Mite Life-Cycle
The average life cycle for a male house dust mite is 10 to 19 days. A mated female house dust mite can last up to 70 days, laying 60 to 100 eggs in the last 5 weeks of her life. In a 10-week life span, a house dust mite will produce approximately 2,000 fecal particles and an even larger number of partially digested enzyme-covered dust particles.

Controlling Dust Mites

The primary and most effective method of controlling dust mites and their fecal particles is by using a HEPA vacuum to control the household dust particles. Here a a few tips:

  • HEPA vacuum your mattress and box springs every month to remove microscopic skin flakes and other small dust particles.
  • Run a HEPA air purifier in the bedroom and other highly-used room 24/7.
  • Encase your mattress in a hypo-allergenic cover and wash weekly.
  • Keep dogs, cats and all other pets which produce dander from entering your bedroom.
  • HEPA vacuum all upholstery furniture, rugs and carpeting in the home weekly and all other surfaces every other week to minimize dust particles in the home.
  • Keep your skin moisturized will minimize the amount of skin flakes which you shed during sleeping.

About the author: Stan K. Hall a.k.a. The Sick House Doctor is a recognized specialist in Indoor Air Pollution as well as Health & Safety in the home. He has performed over 400 indoor environmental evaluations over the past 26 years and has helped hundreds of homeowners make their homes a haven. He is widely known as the originator of T.E.A.M., the scientifically proven approach to controlling and resolving indoor air pollution.

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Workplace Allergies


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Workplace-AllergiesEveryday we go to work and perform our routine duties could be aggravating our allergies symptoms. We tend to think that the allergy symptoms we experience while working at the office are just because of outdoor pollen or mold counts for that day. However, more times than not, there is something lurking in the indoor environment of the buildings we work in which is directly causing of our symptoms.

As energy costs rise, building owners and management companies tend to do everything possible to make a building “tighter.” The tighter building trend has led to a new term being used to describe it; “sick building syndrome.” More and more building occupants are experiencing sickness and allergy related symptoms they attribute to their work environment.

Stan Hall of Megaclean, Inc recently stated to us “I have seen a rise in workplace allergies in buildings in the Dallas-Ft.Worth metroplex from mold spores found in the air handling systems. We get calls regularly in the spring and fall months from building owners and building management companies requesting inspections or cleaning of their air handling units to clean excessive mold which has built up over the past year. This mold becomes airborne quite easily and is blown into the workspace causing allergy related symptoms in non-allergy sufferers as well as allergy and asthma sufferers.”

My Job Is Making Me Sick

Without a doubt, mold spores growing in an air handler is the primary cause of allergy symptoms in an office environment while chemicals are in the typical industrial setting. So what can one do when they feel like their job in making them sick? Here are a few tips for dealing with the possibility of a workplace health problem:

  1. Ask your co-workers if they are also experiencing an allergy or other health symptoms they feel is directly related to work.
  2. Discuss it with your supervisor and suggest they pass the complaints along to the building manager or owner.
  3. Suggest that the building manager or owner have the building checked out by a qualified air conditioning contractor. There are even companies which can investigate and access the possibility of sick building syndrome and it’s many causes.
  4. If the supply air diffusers are very dirty, take a digital picture of it and email to the appropriate person for verification that they may have a indoor air quality deficiency.
  5. Suggest that the janitorial crew used a true HEPA vacuum cleaner which will help clean the work environment better that standard vacuums.
  6. Ask for a HEPA air purifier to be place in your immediate work environment to help filter the air better from potential air pollutants.

The bottom line: In this day of technology and knowledge, there is no excuse for allergy or other health symptoms from your workplace. Speak up if you feel being at work is making you ill and point out that it may be detrimental to your work productivity. More employers are realizing that creating a healthy work environment for their employees is good for the employee and what is good for the employee is good for the company.

Source: Stan Hall of Megaclean Inc. They provide Commercial/Industrial Cleaning & Environmental Services in Dallas, Texas since 1982. Stan Hall is also known as the Sick House Doctor and is a recognized specialist in Indoor Air Pollution. He is widely known as the originator of T.E.A.M., the scientifically proven approach to controlling and resolving indoor air pollution.

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Tylenol Allergy


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tylenol-allergyAs the evidence of the harmful effects of Tylenol increases, there is a growing call for it to be removed from the market. Its active ingredient, acetaminophen, once thought to be an effective and safe pain reliever for adults and children, turns out to have dangerous effects.

A related study by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers leads with the fact that each year, acetaminophen causes more than 100,000 calls to poison control centers, 50,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalizations and more than 450 deaths from liver failure. The U.S. Acute Liver Failure Study implicates acetaminophen poisoning in nearly half of all cases of acute liver failure in this country. When taken with alcohol or without food, the detrimental effects on the liver are multiplied.

Doctor of Naturopathy Michael Murray, of Phoenix, Arizona, reports in GreenMedInfo.com that regular use of acetaminophen is linked to a higher likelihood of asthma, infertility and hearing loss, especially in men under 50. Last summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning linking acetaminophen use to three rare and sometimes fatal skin conditions.

“Can you imagine if the side effects and risks associated with acetaminophen were associated with a dietary supplement?” opined Murray. “It would be yanked from the market immediately.”

Additional comments from the AllergyReliefExpert.com staff: The bottom line is that all people should be aware of the side-effects of every single drug they put in their mouth because they may not be getting the whole truth from their doctor. As Stan Hall of SickHouseDoctor.com states regularly…”At the end of the day, we are responsible for our own health; not the doctors we tend to put our trust in.”

Source: Natural Awakening Magazine

Is Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Dangerous?

Allergy Prevention


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allergy-preventionThere are many beliefs in the best methods for allergy prevention when compared to the straightforward methods of diagnosing and treating allergies. Here are some of our most important questions with the best answer for allergy prevention.

Can allergies be prevented?
Generally, people who are aware of their problems can avoid offending allergens by not walking or driving in the country during the pollen season; by avoiding drafts and exposure to cold; by minimizing their exposure to house-dust; by trying not to breath the fumes of paint, insecticides or products containing irritants and other allergy symptom triggers. Allergic persons should strive to stay in good physical condition and to avoid emotional tension and fatigue. When they occur, respiratory infections should be taken seriously and treated immediately. It is especially important that parents watch children for allergic tendencies.

Foods are a common cause of allergies in infancy. Breast milk is preferable than cow’s milk in potentially allergic children. Eggs, wheat products and nuts should be added to the diet one at a time, and the child’s reaction should be recorded in a daily log.

Can indoor allergies be prevented?
When it comes to indoor pollutants; bedrooms and frequently used rooms should be kept as dust-free as possible. It is important to utilize HEPA vacuums and air purifiers which clean airborne particles from the air very efficiently. The more they are used, the better the indoor air quality becomes. Having pets such as a dog or cat should be avoided in homes which have an allergy sufferer as animal dander is hard to remove from the indoor environment once they are introduced.

Is good health important to allergy prevention?
Yes, allergy symptoms may be minimized with good health. The best way to achieve and maintain good health is with a balanced diet and a well-rounded program of exercise, recreation and rest. Smoking and drinking can actually set you up for allergy reactions and should be avoided. Although these measures will not cure allergies, they help prevent allergic symptoms by contributing to better resistance.

What are lesser-known allergy triggers?
Allergy scientist state that such emotions such as anxiety, fear, anger and strong excitement can precipitate an allergy attack. This is not to say, however, that these emotions are the physical basis of the allergy; which is real and of primary importance to people with allergies. In general, the allergic sufferer is better off in an atmosphere of calm and confidence. Parents of asthmatic children should as much as possible, maintain an attitude of calm and reassurance. The allergic child for example, should be encouraged to be self-reliant and to take part in family activities as possible.

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Source: The AllergyReliefExpert.com staff

Allergy Prevention Naturally

Animal Allergies


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animal-allergiesAnimal allergies are one of the most common type of reactions allergy sufferers experience worldwide. Here are some of our most important common questions along with the best answer for animal-related allergies.

We had a dog for two years before our son became asthmatic. How could the dog be the cause if the asthma took so long to develop?
No one is allergic to a substance the first time it is encountered; a period of sensitization usually precedes the onset of allergy. Two years is a typical period, though some allergies may appear sooner.

Is it safe to have a pet that does not shed?
The allergen from dogs or cats that causes an allergic reaction is not present in the hair of the animal, but rather in the dander (flakes of the animals skin).

Is it all right to have a pet if it is outside most of the time?
It only takes a few minutes for sufficient dander to accumulate on carpets, furniture and other indoor surfaces. This is why allergic individuals have a problems when a pet is kept outside or even kept in a basement. It should be noted that when the pet is removed from the house, and after thorough cleaning, it may take up to 4 weeks for the dander to dissipate. Cat dander can actually take years to disappear from the indoor environment once introduced.

Can’t I just receive shots for allergy to dogs?
Allergy injections for sensitivity to animal dander are not advisable except in unusual circumstances.  One circumstance is a blind person who becomes allergic to an seeing-eye dog; another is a veterinarian who becomes allergic to animals. The most effective course of action is to remove the pet from the environment.

I have two children who are allergic to pollen and mold. They have never had problems around animal. Is it safe to give them a dog or a cat?
Allergic children are predisposed to allergies to new substances. A Casual encounter, such as visiting friends who have a pet may not be enough to sensitize a child; but continued, massive exposure to a house pet such as a dog or cat may. Unfortunately, this sensitization frequently takes one or two years, which means the new allergy becomes evident just as the net pet becomes an integral part of the family and just when separation can be the most traumatic for the child. The best advice is simply not to have a dog, cat or other fur-bearing animal in the home where a family member is allergic. Some pets that are safe for allergic families are tropical fish, turtles, chameleons, iguanas and snakes.

Source: The AllergyReliefExpert.com staff

Abraham Hicks ~ Allergies to animals

Air Duct Allergies


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air-duct-allergiesDuct cleaning has grown rapidly as an industry since the 1990’s primarily due to the advertising campaigns utilized by these firms. The average advertising campaign states that indoor air quality problems from dirty ducts are the primary cause of allergies and asthma symptoms.

Dirty Duct Allergies

The fact of the matter is, dirty air ducts are a symptom of a larger problem which exist in most homes throughout the United States. My best analogy to understand the source of the real problem is that; the air ducts are the lungs of the home and if they are getting dirty, then the occupants of the home are breathing dirty air. The real problem is a control problem.

Controlling Allergens

Dirty ducts are simply an outcome of a lack of “particle control” methods. Ducts become dirty from the accumulation of various dust particles which can include airborne allergens. The key to reducing allergy symptoms caused by the typical airborne allergens found in the average home environment, is to implement particle control measures over a period of time. Some of the most common airborne allergens found to cause allergy symptoms are:

  • Tree and Grass Pollen
  • Dust Mites Feces and Mite parts
  • Other insect parts
  • Mold particles

The above allergens listed above are just a few of the many allergens which can be measured in the typical home environment. Here are some tips you can use now which are proven methods for reducing allergy symptoms in the home:

  1. Keep your pets outdoors as much as possible. If you allow them inside, keep them from getting on the furniture and going into your bedroom.
  2. Use a HEPA vacuum for all dust related cleaning in the indoor environment of your home.
  3. Use a HEPA air purifier in the rooms of your home you spend the most time in.
  4. Use high-quality “pleated” filters in your HVAC system.

Relief of your allergy symptoms may be realized within a period of 1-2 months by utilizing the above tips. If you want to get results even faster, then vacuum every single surface you can in the home with a HEPA vacuum daily for the first week and then weekly thereafter. And another plus, you probably will never need to have your ducts cleaned.

About the author: Stan K. Hall a.k.a. The Sick House Doctor is a recognized specialist in Indoor Air Pollution as well as Health & Safety in the home. He has performed over 400 indoor environmental evaluations over the past 26 years and has helped hundreds of homeowners make their homes a haven. He is widely known as the originator of T.E.A.M., the scientifically proven approach to controlling and resolving indoor air pollution.

Dirty Nasty Mold Duct under Concrete Slab

Vaccination Allergies


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allergy-vaccinesAllergy shots, also known as allergy vaccines have an interesting history. The idea behind a vaccination is this: That which doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. No doubt, all these developments in vaccinations around the turn of the century gave rise to allergists experimenting with the same principles in an attempt to treat allergies. This is based on the notion that inoculations small but increasing doses of the offending allergens will eventually induce a tolerance to the allergen.

However, “allergy shots” that a conventional allergist administers represents a rather crude approach that is rarely effective. A recent study reported in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine shows that shots are of no significant benefit as compared with a placebo when it comes to treating children with asthma.

Why Are Allergy Shots Still Used?

Consider treatments for a diagnosis of food sensitivity, relief can usually be observed by the mere avoidance of the offending foods. One can readily see the economic advantage for the allergist to continue to give and charge for weekly shots rather than give dietary advice just once. The true answer may lie more within economics than within science.

In fact, it is believed that as high as 28% of allergy shot patients actually have an allergic response to the vaccine itself thus creating an acute allergic response. In fewer cases, patients have reported that they would consider their allergic response from a single allergy shot to be “serious”. The fact that many allergists know that a serious reaction may be possible have caused them to reduce the allergens placed in the vaccine itself and thus reducing it’s effectiveness.

Many allergy patients and some allergists have stopped using allergy shots for allergy reactions due to both their ineffectiveness and the danger of a serious reaction. Many of these same individuals are reporting better results from avoiding the allergens themselves combined with methods of boosting the immune response of allergy sufferers with known food supplementation.

About the author: Stan K. Hall a.k.a. The Sick House Doctor is a recognized specialist in Indoor Air Pollution as well as Health & Safety in the home. He has performed over 400 indoor environmental evaluations over the past 26 years and has helped hundreds of homeowners make their homes a haven. He is widely known as the originator of T.E.A.M., the scientifically proven approach to controlling and resolving indoor air pollution.

About Allergy Shots