Gold Allergy

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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 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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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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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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Detergent Allergy

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detergent-allergiesIf your clothes bother your skin or cause skin rashes, you may suffer from detergent allergies. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, contact dermatitis (a skin rash) is an inflammation of the skin caused by direct contact with an irritating or allergy-causing substance. This type an allergic reaction may cause a rash that can linger up to 48 hours after exposure.

Certain detergent products are labeled as soap making label reading paramount to preventing allergic exposures. As a general rule, the more added ingredients, the more potential allergens.

Detergent Allergy Strategies

  • Visit an allergist. They can help you determine what substances or chemicals you may be allergic to. Keep a journal of your allergic reactions prior to visiting the doctor to help them identify possible culprits. If the source of your allergies cannot be easily identified, your doctor may recommend skin-patch testing.
  • Consider using corticosteroid skin creams which are known to reduce skin inflammation.
  • Seek out dye- and perfume-free detergents and fabric softeners. Consider clear types since color and scents are chemicals known to cause allergic reactions.
  • Get a second recommendation if your doctor cannot help you improve your skin irritations within two weeks. An allergy doctor may prescribe oral steroids as a short-term treatment for severe cases.
  • Use the extra-rinse cycle to fully wash out any detergents use.
  • If your water is soft or normal, then don’t use fabric softener.
  • Purchase allergy-free detergents which are 100% free of petroleum-based or other hazardous ingredients, fragrances, phosphates, animal by-products, dyes and other common triggers for allergies.

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Allergy Headache

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allergy headache Headaches and Allergies

Any allergic reaction may cause a headache by increasing swelling and blockage of the sinuses which in turn creates pressure that causes a headache. However, not all headaches in the sinus areas is directly related to allergies.

While headache symptoms may be reduced by taking an over-the-counter pain medication; therapy for allergy related headaches should be directed at the cause such as a sinus infection, sinus inflammation or other related allergic reactions.

If you believe that you may have pain as a result of a severe sinus infection, seek medical help from a ear, nose and throat professional immediately.

Here are some helpful tips to reduce sinus pain and a directly related headache:

  • Learn more about how to reduce allergens in your home where you spend the most time.
  • Use a HEPA (High Efficient Particle Air) vacuum weekly and a HEPA air purifier daily to reduce pollen, house dust, dust mites and other airborne allergens which can be found indoors.
  • Use warm, moist cloths applied to the sinus areas for 1o minutes to reduce inflammation.
  • Irrigate your sinus cavities daily with a sinus rinse device or Neti-Pot with distilled water. This will remove excess pus and will stimulate proper nasal function.
  • Drink hot teas and fresh water to assist the sinus cilia to heal.
  • Breath in steam to assist in opening up the sinuses. It is best to use distilled water.

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Weed Allergy

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weed-allergy Up to 30% of the population suffer from allergic rhinitis, and this number seems to be growing. Most people are treated by their primary care physician for their allergies. There are two elements involved in a true allergic reaction. The first is the production of immunoglobulin E (IgE), an antibody that circulates in the blood things like germs attacking. The second is the mast cell, a type of cell found in the body in the places where they cause allergic reactions, including the nose, throat, lungs and skin. There have been tremendous improvements in the underlying medical treatments developed by allergists. Antihistamines help reduce the sneezing, runny nose and itchy allergies. Cromolyn sodium is a nasal spray that helps prevent the body’s reaction to allergens.

Several herbal supplements have been used in the treatment of allergies and asthma, some showing benefits. Dry your sheets and clothes in a dryer rather than hanging them outdoors where they can collect pollen and spores. Wash your hands after contact with your pet. Keep pets out of the room or other rooms you spend lots of time. Avoid using carpeting in your home from allergens collected there.

Other Allergy Treatment Tips

1. Endotoxin exposure reduces peripheral blood leukocyte cytokine release inflammation after lipopolysaccharide.

2. Shower and wash your hair every day. The airborne pollen can collect on your clothes, skin and hair.

3. Many families are giving their children safe nutritional supplements such as vitamin B6 with magnesium and Di-methyl-glycine (DMG).

4. Many drugs used to treat various medical problems derived from plants and herbs, such as theophylline.

5. Several herbal supplements have been used in the treatment of allergies and asthma, some showing benefits.

6. Dry your sheets and clothes in a dryer rather than hanging them outdoors where they can collect pollen and spores.

7. Wash hands after contact with your pet.

8. Keep pets out of the room or other rooms you spend lots of time.

9. Avoid using carpeting in your home from allergens will collect there.

10. Some popular calming techniques include: vigorous exercise, which would act as a release from his great excitement, the level of vestibular stimulation.

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Tomato Allergy

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tomato-allergyTomato allergies are not as common as other food allergies. Tomatoes are a part of the “nightshade” allergy family. However, those that do have a severe tomato allergy face the  possibility of anaphylactic shock and death.

Allergy or Intolerance

More persons actually have a food intolerance for tomatoes and not a full-blown tomato allergy.  An intolerance for tomatoes usually creates gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea, cramps or vomiting.  A protein found in tomatoes is generally what creates the allergic reaction by the body’s immune system. A persons immune protection function see the tomato protein as a toxin and attempts to eliminate it by releasing histamines to kill it.  It is the histamines themselves which create swelling, hives, rashes, headaches, and other symptoms which may even include the constriction of the bronchial tubes. In very severe cases; too many histamines can cause respiratory distress, failure, and even death during an anaphylactic shock.  A tomato allergy can occur in 15-20 minutes and can subside just as quickly if the correct medication is administered.

Many people who have a known tomato allergy can actually tolerate well cooked tomatoes with little or no reaction. Other people report that they can consume low acid tomatoes. However, data shows that all tomatoes are equally acidic and what they are really referring to is the flavanoids that give the taste of acidity.

Note that in both of these cases, a food journal should be kept for a month or more (noting symptoms after meals) to share with the physician if you suspect you may have a tomato allergy. An allergy test done by a qualified allergy doctor is the only accurate way to determine if you truly have a tomato related allergy. Food allergy tests may include various blood tests, skin tests, possible nasal smears, and a full food journal review. They should also consider whether or not your parents have had food allergies.

Here are a few tips for tomato allergy sufferers:

  • There are tomato-free sauces, ketchup, barbecue, and salsa available at certain retailers but are better found by researching online.
  • Take supplements which are known to help allergies. These would include beta carotene,vitamin C, vitamin E, pantothenic acid, glucosamine, and quercitin which is a well known flavonoid. Flavanoids are powerful antioxidants which can reduce inflammation and block the release of histamines.
  • Try making a no tomato ‘pasta sauce’ by adding a lot of olive oil  and add lots of veggies chopped up and spices which can make a great sauce!
  • If ordering out, try a white or pesto base instead of a tomato base. Also, specify no catsup anytime when ordering out.
  • Eat vegetables high in digestive enzymes to assist in the proper digestion. Some food-based enzymes include onions and garlic.

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About the author: Jimmy Don Strongwell operates a organic farm which are known for their great tomatoes and other vegetables in the Canton area of East Texas.

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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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Source: Yahoo Answers

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Wasp Allergy

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There are some people who are allergic to wasp bites, which means that their immune systems react to the venom injected by a stinging insect. Venom bites of insects contains several chemicals that, when introduced through a bite, causes the release of histamine, which causes local tissue damage and other chemicals that cause allergic symptoms. After the first sting, the allergic person’s body produces an allergic substance called immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibody that reacts with insect venom. If he or she is bitten by the bug again to the same species or similar insect venom interacts with the IgE antibody response to the first bite.

The resulting tissue damage is largely responsible for the pain, swelling, redness and we experience itching at the site of the bite. Although most local reactions are mild and cause localized swelling and inflammation around the site bite, the area of swelling and inflammation can be very large. For example, one may be bitten on the finger, however, inflammation can progress to include whole arm. Both of these reactions, by virtue of the fact that adjoin the site of the bite and allergic reactions are considered.

For a small number of people with severe venom allergy, stings can be deadly, insects belonging to the class of Hymenoptera are capable of injecting venom into humans and animals. Severe allergic reactions to insect stings can involve many body organs and may develop rapidly. This reaction is called anaphylaxis. Symptoms of anaphylaxis may include itching and hives over large areas of the body, swelling in the throat or tongue, difficulty breathing, dizziness, stomach pains, nausea or diarrhea. In severe cases, a rapid fall in blood pressure can lead to shock and unconsciousness. Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency, and can be fatal. If you or anyone else experience any of these symptoms after an insect bite, get emergency medical treatment immediately. After symptoms are treated in the emergency room, you must also obtain a referral to an allergist to learn about treatment options.

Insect bite or poison insect bite can be one of the most dangerous allergens. Most people who are stung by bees, wasps, hornets, wasps and fire ants have little to fear. At worst, these people may experience mild pain, swelling and itching at the bite site.

A person does not suffer an allergic reaction the first time it is bitten by an insect. Instead, the initial encounter leads to awareness, in which the immune system reacts exaggerated insect venom and creates immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies to fight it. These antibodies trigger an allergic reaction the next time the body meets the insect venom.

The next time a person is bitten, these antibodies cause the mast cells to release chemicals such as histamine, which can cause inflammation in the body. Very allergic people can suffer anaphylaxis, in which fluid leaks from blood to tissues, causing inflammation and reducing blood pressure. Bronchial tissues may swell and cause difficulty breathing.

Stinging insects in the United States include honeybees, wasps, hornets, wasps and fire ants. While not everyone is allergic to insect venom, skin reactions, such as mild pain, swelling and redness can occur with an insect bite.  Most sting reactions are caused by five types of insects: wasps, bees, paper wasps, hornets and fire ants.

However, people with allergies to the venom are likely to experience more pronounced effects. A mild allergic reaction can cause nausea, increased swelling and other discomforts. At the other extreme, a rare disease who are allergic to after experiencing an allergic reaction. It is better to destroy the hive or nest of insects are known to cause allergy. Insects sting when disturbed by what is best off slowly, as you encounter any flying stinging insects.

About the Author:

Bryan Morris is a medical sales professional and likes doing research works on various types of allergies and their possible cure.

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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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