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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Dairy Allergies

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dairy allergiesDairy allergies are believed to be the most common of all food related allergies and affect millions of people worldwide.  People who suffer from dairy allergies have to watch their diets very carefully according to their known sensitivities.  More time than not, a diary allergy is confused with milk or lactose intolerance, however an allergy to dairy related products can lead to severe symptoms to include hives, respiratory difficulties and even anaphylactic shock.

Dangers of Dairy Allergies

It is possible for a person who suffers from this form of food allergy to ingest a dairy product in some form and die before reaching a hospital. This type of severe allergy is actually related to the protein found in cow’s milk which can cause a more severe reaction than an intolerance which is normally caused by sugars found in milk. While symptoms of milk intolerance may be uncomfortable, it is normally not life threatening.

Ongoing dairy allergies can damage the digestive tract and cause a deficiency in the enzyme lactase, which is produced by the cells lining the digestive tract.  Many people mistakenly believe that they can continue to eat dairy products as long as they take an oral digestive aid but usually receive temporary relief. Unfortunately, most continue to suffer from their dairy allergies even though their digestive symptoms have diminished.

It is important for anyone who believes they may have a dairy allergy to go to a doctor specializing in food related allergy testing. Blood tests are usually more accurate but may require skin testing and other methods for a complete diagnosis.

It is imperative to always read food labels and look for possible “milk containing” ingredients. Dairy and milk containing ingredients can be found in a multitude of products that people would not normally associate with dairy. Here is partial list of potential hidden dairy containing ingredients:

  • Ammonium Caseinate
  • Calcium Caseinate
  • Casein
  • Hydrolyzed Casein
  • Demineralized Whey
  • Lactalbumin
  • Lactoferrin
  • Lactoglobulin
  • Magnesium Caseinate
  • Paneer
  • Potassium Caseinate
  • Recaldent
  • Whey Powder
  • Sodium Caseinate
  • Rennet Casein
  • Zinc Caseinate

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Wool Allergies

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wool allergiesAs it turns out, over 30% of American consumers surveyed by the International Wool Secretariat reported that they were “allergic” to wool. After extensive study, scientists have determined that these consumers were not allergic to wool. The perceived allergic reaction to wool was actually a painful response by sensitive skin to coarse fibers. The consumers skin was being “prickled” by coarse guard hair or kemp-like fiber found in the wool.

Scientists have determined that it doesn’t matter whether a garment is made of wool, Alpaca, mohair, or man-made acrylics, if over 5% of the fabric is comprised of fiber with a diameter in excess of 30 microns, it will prickle or itch. Research has also established that once the average diameter of the fiber in a fabric or sweater exceeds 22 microns, the prickle factor begins to appear. In other words, the person wearing the garment begins to itch.

I now realize that when I told people that Alpaca wasn’t like wool and “no, they wouldn’t have an allergic reaction to it,” I was right — only because most all the garments in Julie’s store are made from baby Alpaca, which averages less than 22 microns. I would have been wrong if the sweaters were constructed of coarser fiber.

The “prickle factor” is a fairly recent discovery. Understanding the cause and how its effect can be minimized is an important issue for the Alpaca industry.

Different sensory receptors in the skin are responsible for the various sensations we perceive as a result of the interaction of the skin and fabric. These receptors are classed as touch, thermal, and pain. The sensations perceived from clothes worn next to the skin will depend on how fabrics interact with these sensory receptors. The surface characteristics of fabrics have an important bearing on these responses. Some fabrics contain surface stimuli causing the skin discomfort, or PRICKLE.

Prickle results from high-load supporting fiber ends on the fabric surface indenting the skin sufficiently to activate pain receptors. The receptors responsible for fabric-evoked prickle are very close to the surface of the skin. The response of these receptors is a low level prickle sensation rather than pain. Prickle from fabrics usually has a pricking-itchy quality.

Skin reactions from prickly fabrics may appear within one hour or more slowly after several hours of skin contact. They usually subside rapidly after removing the fabric from the skin unless skin contact over several days has produced a more severe reaction.

Work is currently in progress to define the properties of wool fibers and fabrics that contribute to prickle so that these properties can be selected and controlled to minimize prickle in next-to-skin garments. Any factor that reduces the buckling load of protruding fiber ends will contribute to a reduction in prickle.

Studies have indicated the importance of fiber diameter in skin irritation from wool fabrics. There is a high correlation between fiber diameter and the magnitude of prickle both in wool and acrylic knitted fabrics. A mean fiber diameter of 21 microns or less (with less than 5% of the fibers exceeding 30 microns) is necessary to reduce prickle intensity to a level which will not be perceived as skin discomfort by most people under normal conditions.

Under conditions which induce sweating, prickle sensitivity will be greatly increased and it is likely that even finer fibers would be necessary to ensure prickle at below detectable levels. This condition applies equally to acrylic and other synthetic fibers as it does to wool.

Fiber length is also likely to influence prickle. Short fibers intensify prickle since there will be more fiber ends per unit area of fabric surface. Prickle is reduced as mean fiber length increases. Fabric properties found to influence prickle are hairiness, structure, cover factor and processing method. Fabric hairiness is determined by the density and length of protruding surface fibers and both these properties are important in prickle. Processes such as brushing and raising are used to increase fabric hairiness. These operations cause a slight to moderate reduction in prickle (depending on how far they are taken) by increasing the average length of protruding fiber ends. Shearing, the fabric on the other hand, is extremely detrimental to prickle, since it shortens fiber ends and greatly increases their buckling loads, generating many new prickle stimuli.

Woven fabrics are more prickly than knitted fabrics. Fiber ends are less rigidly anchored in knitted fabrics because of the looser yarn construction. Woolen yarns also create more prickly fabrics than their worsted counterparts because they contain shorter and more randomly orientated fibers, which results in an increased density of protruding surface fibers.

The softness of fine cashmere depends largely on the extraordinary length and fineness of the hair of the kel goat (which originated in Kashmir, hence cashmere, an obsolete spelling of Kashmir). Cashmere fibers average 18.5 microns, one-third the thickness of human hair. The softest, finest, and most expensive goat hair is found in the eastern region of China’s Inner Mongolia.

Numerous attempts to raise cashmere goats in such places as Texas, Maine, and Australia haven’t worked. Americans and Australians feed their goats well, with the consequence that they grow thicker hair. The Monogolian goats live on a sparse diet and the hair is essentially starved for nourishment and therefore very fine.

Cashmere avoids any of the prickle stigma by requiring any fabric labeled as cashmere to average 18.5 microns and have no more than 3% of the fiber over 30 microns. As a result, the cashmere image is one of pure luxury and consumers look forward to its soft, comfortable feel.

About the Author:

Andy is the Editor and Administrator of the website and is considered an expert in clothing allergies.

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Milk Allergies

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What is the difference between organic milk, regular milk and soy milk?

My daughter is 1 year old and just had allergy testing done. The testing confirmed that she does have an allergy to milk.  I’ve been introducing her to soy formula with only 1 ounce each of her bottle and been a week now but she still seems to have allergic reactions. I just read that it is also possible to have an allergy to soy milk.  What can I do?

Best Answer:

Yes, an allergic child can have an allergy or become allergic to any milk and at any time. If a child is believed to have allergies, it is always advisable to track all foods and beverages in a journal for the first three years.

It is possible that she would also be allergic to soy since it also considered to be a possible food allergen. However, statistically, soy allergies are rarer than dairy milk allergies. My brother was born allergic to all dairy and my mom substituted rice products for years and he eventually grew out of it.  Rice Dream is one of the best and allergy reactions are very rare if any.

To answer you question about organic and non-organic milk; the distinction should always be made by whether or not the product contains the following ingredients if tested:

  • antibiotics
  • pesticides
  • growth hormones

The dairy cows that the milk is extracted from should also be free of any type of cloning programs to be considered organic. Do not confuse natural with organic as natural have totally different meanings such as no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Also, it is always better to look for certified organic seals on the packaging since the word organic itself does not always guarantee the product to be 100% organic.

Source: Yahoo Answers

Additional Information on Milk Allergies from the Editior-In-Chief

Please keep in mind that any soy product which has been processed in any way can lead to allergies in adults or children. It is therefore a good idea to shy away from all processed soy milk or cheese products for persons which have a tendency toward allergies. Also, consider alternative milk products such as almond milk which is rarely allergic to most individuals.  (Refer to the Related Posts below for more information about this important subject)

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Allergy Control Tips

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nasal-allergyControlling allergies is a huge subject that is always under scrutiny by the millions of allergy sufferers who wake up daily with this chronic condition.

Here are some important allergy control tips:

1. Try to figure out what you are allergic to: pollen, grass, hay, dust, house mites, etc. Then try to stay away from the things that trigger your symptoms. You’ll probably never be able to completely get away from them, but you can try and minimize your exposure.
2. If your allergens (the things you are allergic to) are located outside (pollen, grass, etc.), then stay inside as much as you can during the seasons that disturb you the most (early spring, etc.). Keep your doors and windows closed and run the air conditioner. If possible, put an air filter system on your air conditioner so that it filters dust and pollen from the air as it cools it. Also try using a dehumidifying machine if your climate is very humid. A cool, low-humidity environment also helps prevent dust mites (a common allergen) from growing. The cool air also helps prevent household molds from growing (many people are allergic to molds).
3. Always use your air conditioner in your car, and avoid riding with the windows down or in a convertible.
4. 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.
5. Use a HEPA vacuum for all dust related cleaning in the indoor environment of your home.
6. Use a HEPA air purifier in the rooms of your home you spend the most time in.

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Cheese Allergies

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Anyone have a cheese allergy – is there such a thing?

I quit cheese about 2 weeks ago and MAN do I feel better.  I was exhausted all the time – now not so much anymore.

Actually – I had no digestive indications – just felt exhausted all the time.  Is this common? Is there data on this?

Best Answer – Chosen by Voters

You most likely have an  dairy allergy or are lactose intolerant than allergic to the cheese itself.  Depending on the type of cheese you eat determines how much milk it contains.  For example; low fat would of course have less milk than high fat or highly processed cheeses. However, certain cheeses are also known to can contain histamines which can mimic an allergy.  The making of cheese is closely related to how mold grows and some people which have mold allergies may also react to certain cheeses.  It is always wise to seek out allergy testing to see what other dairy related foods might be bothering you.

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Sinus Allergies

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sinus-allergies2What can I do to stop these allergies or sinus problems?

I have allergies most of the year, but it is rare for me to get sinus problems. But my sinuses are suddenly get’s really bad. They come and go and its been happening for a week. I feel I have a scratch in my throat and I have to sneeze frequently. My air filter was changed already for nearly a week and I vacuumed my house the other day. What can I do to stop scratching the throat and the feeling of sneezing?

Best Answer:

One solution is a sinus rinse (made by NeilMed). I swear by it! Can be a bit hard for someone who has allergies all the time, but sounds like it might help. It’s about $10 and can be purchased at most drug stores nationwide. They come with premixed salt solution packets. You mix a packet with distilled water that is preheated (microwave for 15-20 seconds) in the sinus rinse bottle. Squeeze the bottle in each side of the nose a few times. It really helps wash out the pollen, dust and other allergens which can lead to inflammation of the sinus cavities.

I used to have the worst allergies, but since I started getting allergy shots for the 40+ things I’m allergic too and my allergy doctor started my using the sinus rinse product, my symptoms have been much less. My allergy doctor convinced me to start using it because he said that hundreds on his patients swear by it.

I hope that helps.

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Fasting For Allergies

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fasting-for-allergiesJuice Fasting Helps Allergies

Juice fasting is extremely helpful if you have allergies or asthma. Your lungs, as well as your entire respiratory tract are vitally important elimination organs for removing toxins. Fasting often removes many of the irritants and toxins that trigger airway activity.

Allergies from airborne and food usually improve during a fast. This is because of the close connections between allergies and intestinal permeability and liver toxicity.

Fasting gives the digestive tract time to rest and repair. It also helps the liver detoxify. Allergic symptoms are improved and sometimes completely disappear. However, it’s important to be sure that you are not allergic to any of the juices you’ll be consuming. Keep a food dairy while you’re on the fast. Use it to help you avoid any juices that may trigger allergic symptoms or symptoms of asthma. You may have food allergy testing or simply follow the blood-type diet as discussed in the book Eat Right 4 Your Type.

The fasting method I recommend for complete detoxification is juice fasting. For this type of fast, you will need lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and a juicer or heavy duty blender.  Juice fasting verses other forms of fasting can provide the nutrients, amino acids and fuel that your liver requires to detoxify. Juice fasting keeps your colon in the game as compared to water fasting which shuts down your colon.

Medical Source: Don Colbert, M.D. Excerpted from his book; Toxic Relief

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Allergies Air Purifier

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There is much confusion over what causes allergies but we will shed some light on the true nature of allergies in the home environment and how an allergies air purifier can reduce symptoms. Allergies can be caused by exposure to pollution in a particle form such as dust mite or a chemical form such as formaldehyde. A human body can have different immune responses to a pollutant depending on various environmental factors. The good news is, choosing the right air purifier can minimize allergy symptoms while at home.

The indoor air purifier is a simple device which can make a drastic improvement in your indoor air. The real key to understanding an air purifier is to remember that only the indoor air that travels though the unit gets cleaned. For example, very large rooms may require two small air purifiers at either end rather than one large unit in the middle.

Proper Technology Is The Key

The air purifying technologies available should be chosen according to the type of pollutant you are trying to remove from the indoor air. Adsorption media such as activated carbon are effective at removing chemical pollutants, high efficient particulate air (HEPA) and electronic technologies are better suited to remove particles. There are also ultraviolet (UV) units available which are specifically designed to kill microorganisms such as viruses. Utilizing the various technologies together will make the greatest improvement in the indoor air quality of a home.

Airborne particles such as pollen, dust mites, cat dander, household dust and pesticide dust are considered a particulate pollutant and are best addressed with a HEPA air purifier. Other airborne particles such a smoke are removed more efficiently with an electronic air purifying system. A HEPA filter within an air purifier is very effective but the filters must be changes on periodical basis up to 5-years depending on the manufacturer. Electronic filter elements do not require changing but do need to be washed regularly to remain effective.


Microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria and molds must be controlled if a household member has a weakened or damaged immune system including the very young or elderly. The most effective method to control microorganisms is the use of a UV air purifier. UV light can destroy or change the DNA of a microorganism making it unsubstantial as an indoor pollutant. Air purifiers which employ both HEPA and UV technologies are an ideal combination for reducing as much as 85% of indoor pollutants.


Chemicals in the indoor environment are removed by a process known as media adsorption. Media adsorption such as activated carbon granules have a lot of surface area and actually adsorb chemicals from the air. Activated carbon granules are the best choice as a general purpose chemical removal media. There are other media’s available such as Zeolite and potassium permanganate which target chemical compounds that activated carbon is ineffective at removing.. A media should be chosen by understanding which chemical compounds you are targeting for removal from the indoor air. Air purifiers which contain activated carbon polyester filter media should not be used to remove chemicals since they do not contain enough surface area.

Utilizing the proper air purifier technology for a specific indoor air pollutant can dramatically reduce allergy symptoms while in the home environment.

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The Sick House Center is a resource and information center about indoor air pollution and related issues. Read about a Pure Air Purifier at the Sick House Center.

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