Asthma Triggers List


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asthma-triggersAllergies and asthma don’t always go hand in hand, but most people who have asthma also have allergies. Those allergies can trigger breath-stealing asthma attacks.

Things like pollen, mold, and animal dander can set off an allergic reaction in some people that results in hives, itching, sneezing, and wheezing. When this reaction occurs in the chest, it’s called asthma. In the lungs, allergic reactions cause spasms and thick, sticky mucus. When an asthmatic has an attack, his lungs feel clogged and twitchy, and his chest feels tight.

Though not all people with asthma have allergies, those who do should identify their allergic triggers and avoid them.

Some of the more common asthma triggers to avoid:

  • Foods like chocolate, nuts, shellfish, and eggs.
  • Beverages like orange juice, beer, wine, and milk.
  • Mold spores and pollen. When pollen counts are high, try to stay indoors as much as possible.
  • Dander from pets such as cats, dogs, hamsters, and rabbits. If you can’t bear to part with your family pet, try to keep it outside and bathe it often.
  • Feather pillows, down comforters, and wool clothing. Use smooth blankets on your bed.
  • Dust. Damp dust and damp mop instead of using brooms that raise dust. Use washable fabrics for curtains and rugs.
  • Cleaning products like bleach and furniture polish.
  • Use a HEPA vacuum and HEPA air purifiers to control indoor airborne allergen particles.

Avoiding your triggers may help you avoid the chest-squeezing experience of an asthma attack!

Source: Allergy and Asthma, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Milwaukee (1995)

Asthma Triggers

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Fish Allergy


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fish allergyFish allergies are actually caused by a protein contained in the flesh of fish and even fish oils and gelatin may trigger allergies if they have been contaminated by the proteins from the fish meat. The most common fish allergy reaction to a fish allergy are similar to other food allergies  effecting the skin, digestive system, and respiratory system. Specifically, there could be presence of urticaria (hives), eczema, and angioedema (swelling), itching, upset stomach, loose stools, vomiting, cramps, gas, vomiting, nasal congestion, shortness of breath, wheezing, asthma, heart burn, lightheadedness, or fainting.

Many people who cannot eat fish can consume shellfish without an allergic reaction and vice-versa.  The most common symptom of a fish allergy is considered to be ‘oral allergy syndrome’, which the mouth and lips may tingle or swell after eating fish or fish containing products. Fortunately, fish is usually not a ‘hidden ingredient’ in food.

Many people are concerned about an allergy to fish or shellfish and iodine. However, fish or shellfish allergy sufferers do not need to worry about cross reactions with iodine.

Preventing Fish Allergies

  • When dining out or eating foods prepared by others, extra precautions should taken.  If needed, check if the chef uses the same skillet to cook both meat and fish.
  • Watch out for condiments, sauces, or dressing that may contain fish proteins which may include worcestershire sauce, bouillabaisse, fumet (fish stock), caviar, roe (fish eggs), or imitation seafood often used in sushi.
  • Most omega-3 supplements can cause a allergic reaction and should be avoided.
  • Avoid all foods containing fish gelatin or anchovies and surimi (imitation crabmeat) which contains white fish.
  • Fish protein may become airborne during cooking and can create an allergic reaction.
  • It is possible to have a allergy reaction by walking through a fish market.

Allergy Causing Fish

Fish allergies are typically caused by specific kinds of bony and scaly fish listed below:

  • Cod
  • Salmon
  • Trout
  • Herring
  • Sardines
  • Bass
  • Orange roughy
  • Swordfish
  • Halibut
  • Tuna
  • Haddock
  • Mackerel
  • and others

Related Post: Shellfish Allergies.

About the author: Regina M. Smith is a food critic in St. Louis Missouri and writes a food related column in local restaurant publications.

Healthy Food Choices for Fish Allergies

Spring Allergies


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spring allergiesHow to deal with spring allergies?

Now that spring is really here, I have a lot of allergic reactions to pollen in the air. My eyes get red and itchy and my nose is stuffy and sneeze a lot. If you spend much time outside, my face and eyes get red and swollen. What can I do about it?

I already have the eye drops, but they take a long time to work, and in the evenings, my eyes still get really ITCHY. (I use contact lenses by the way.)

Best Answer:

Spring allergies are primarily caused by the pollination of trees such as oaks, elms, poplars, sycamores and maples. As the season progresses, pollinating grasses can also trigger allergy responses.

Here are a few of the best over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medication which are the most effective at reducing spring allergy symptoms:

  • Antihistamines, such as Claritin, Zyrtec and Allegra work well by blocking the release of histamine, a chemical produced by your immune systems over-reaction to airborne allergens.
  • Nasal steroids, like Beconase, Flonase, Nasacort, Nasonex, Rhinocort, and Veramyst will reduce inflammation and treat that runny nose brought on by seasonal or year-round allergies.
  • Leukotriene modifiers, such as Singular work by blocking the effects of leukotrienes, which is another chemical produced nu the immune system in response to an allergen.

Before using any other the medications above, it is wise to talk to your doctor or better yet, consult with an allergy professional as to what allergy medications are best for your symptoms.

Source: Yahoo Answers

Early in spring, trees such as oaks, elms, poplars, sycamores, and maples are the biggest sources of pollen. As the season progresses, pollinating grasses often trigger symptoms. By late summer or early fall, weeds, especially ragweed, are producing large quantities of pollen.

Combating Spring Allergies – Alvarado Hospital