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Allergy Results Articles on Allergies and There Treatment Sat, 11 Sep 2010 03:48:49 +0000 en hourly 1 What Will A Shower Head Water Filter Remove From Your Tap Water? Sat, 11 Sep 2010 03:48:49 +0000 admin By Charles Samuel

Installing a shower head water filter in your bathroom to remove contaminates from your water is a great way to improve the quality of your shower. With chemical free water your soap will be soapier, your hair will become softer and more manageable, and your skin will no longer be dry and flaky. There are a number of contaminates in your water today but there is only a handful that if removed will give you the results you desire. So what are these contaminates?

There are three major ones that any shower filter you purchase must remove from your water. They are chlorine, VOC’s, and THM’s. Other than chlorine I’m guessing you many not have heard of the other 2, so let’s look at each of them to understand why removing them is very important and how a shower head water filter can eliminate them.

If you have itchy skin or dry hair you may be the victim of chlorine. Chlorine in the water will remove all the moisture from your body if you let it. It won’t happen with just one shower but over time chlorine has become the skin moisturizer companies best friend

The next bad element you want to remove is VOC’s. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Chemicals, these are synthetic compounds in the water such as pesticides and herbicides. Now that you know what they are I’m sure you can understand why you want them out of your shower water.

The last contaminate you want a shower head water filter to remove are THM’s. I know another three letter acronym but, THM stands for Trichlormethane. THM is a by-product of the reaction between the chlorine and organic matter in the water, and I’m sure you know what organic matter is. This is another one of those contaminates that should make you want to start filtering your water immediately.

Ok so now you know about the key contaminates you need to remove from your shower water. The next question is, how do you go about getting these things out of your water?

That’s where a good shower head water filter comes into play. A good filter on will use a two stage filtering process, this is because no filtering material is capable of remove all the contaminates in one pass. One pass will typically use something like charcoal to remove the chlorine, and the second pass filter media should remove the VOC’s and THM’s.

Hopefully, you have a better understanding of why you want to remove chlorine, VOC’s and THM’s from your shower water. By installing a good shower head water filter you will be well on your way to improving the health of your skin and the condition of your hair, its now up to you.

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Pollen Allergy: Should you live in the city or the countryside? Sat, 20 Jan 2007 01:37:11 +0000 admin To be able to provide up to date data and forecasting, the National Allergy Bureau has established a countrywide network of pollen counters equipped with air sampling equipment to capture airborne (pollen) allergens. The number of pollen grains are collected from the air samples, counted, recorded, and broadcast as an advisory to the general population. These pollen counting stations generally operate in the months of March and April, when pollen counts begin to rise dramatically. The data gathered and provided by these stations are very important for suffering from pollen allergy.

During warmer climates, pollen-counting stations remain open. Generally, pollen count is the number of ragweed pollen grains in a volume of air sampling taken over a 24-hour time span in a specific location. High local pollen counts can exacerbate a pollen allergy. Pollen allergy counts are based on a count of 1 to 12: a low pollen count is below 4; moderate is 4 to 8; high is greater than 8.

Considering the pollen allergy is a seasonal occurrence, there are some places with low pollen counts within the United States that might more suitable to live in for some people. The states of Arizona and Nevada are an ideal place to live in because of the relative lack of plants that cause the spread of wind-borne allergens. However, new residents who bring plants and flowers that ultimately contribute to an increase in pollen and pollen allergy sufferers in these relatively pollen-free places are slowly negating this condition.

Relocation is an option that may help some highly sensitive people to avoid certain plants or allergens. Should you choose this option, keep in mind that though mountains and forests may have a low degree of weed pollen, they have a relatively high count of tree pollen. Thickly populated areas and farms generally also have high amount of grass pollens. Although the Pacific Northwest has a lower degree of weed pollen count, it has standard amounts of all other types of pollens. Someone with a pollen allergy should carefully consider these indicators.

The Importance of Being Aware
No matter where one decides to live or spend a vacation, it is important to be aware of local pollen counts and stay indoors or away from allergens to prevent a pollen allergy from interfering in the pursuit of a healthy, active and happy life. There are numerous prescription and over-the-counter medications than can be helpful in managing and dealing with annoying symptoms.

Simply avoiding a pollen allergy source does not automatically guarantee that an individual will not have allergic reactions to other airborne pollutants, which are often more bothersome than pollen. Seek the advice of an allergist about relocation efforts or simple steps to take to make your life a more pleasant experience.

Natural Allergy Treatment: Find an Effective Method Mon, 15 Jan 2007 18:34:14 +0000 admin It may be a wise decision to supplement your allergy medication with a natural allergy treatment for those rare instances when over-the-counter medicines do not prove their effectivity. It is more prudent to do especially if your health plan excludes prescription coverage, since allergy relief medicines will certainly reduce the contents of your wallet.

Although still in the early development period, extensive research and clinical testing has already been completed in the field of allergy food supplements that have led allergy experts to recommend their use to alleviate the plight of allergy sufferers. As any allergy sufferer knows, a little relief can mean a great deal of comfort and spell the big difference between comfort and suffering.

Flavonoid Supplements
Naturally present Flavonoid compounds in vegetables, berries and fruits, specifically the Flavonoid Quercetin, found in onions and apples, has been proven to inhibit the bodys release of histamines, which are the cause of common allergy symptoms. Although extensive clinical testing needs to be done on this natural allergy treatment, early findings indicate that Flavonoids are contributory factors to the reduction of the incidence of heart disease, stroke and cataracts.

Some medical studies have also shown that an extract from the butterbur plant, typically found in Europe and some parts of Asia and North America, is a powerful natural allergy treatment. The butterbur extract possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties and does not block the action of antihistamines. Studies have divergent results as most studies uphold the claim that butterbur can help allergy sufferers but other studies have not come to this definite conclusion. Use of the butterbur extract should only be implemented after careful consultation with your doctor especially about the proper dosage intake of butterbur.

Stinging Nettle
The stinging nettle possesses a long history as a natural health remedy and is commonly found in various parts of the United States, mountainous regions and roadsides. Preliminary clinical trials reveal that capsules manufactured from freeze-dried nettle leaves effectively reduces sneezing and itching in people suffering from hay fever. Although this natural allergy treatment exhibits a minor side effect of gastrointestinal conditions in some people.

Using one or more natural allergy treatment in combination with traditional allergy medicines has continually grown over the years. However, the first step to do is to consult with your physician or allergist to discuss the impact of these alternative supplements prior to their use. They are in the best position to determine the correct dosages and give recommendations on the probable interactions of these supplements with conditions like pregnancy or other medications that can possibly make taking a natural allergy treatment more of a risk than an advantage.

Milk Allergy Symptoms: It Pays to be Aware Thu, 11 Jan 2007 01:31:32 +0000 admin Water, protein, carbohydrates (also known as lactose), minerals, fats and other substances are the fundamental components that constitute milk. Sensitivity to milk takes place when our body reacts to the protein contents normally present in cow’s milk, casein and whey, treating them as foreign and harmful substances. Milk allergy symptoms and accompanying signs may appear either immediately or several hours after of ingesting cow’s milk.

Most often, children are the ones commonly afflicted with milk sensitivity; however, they usually outgrow the condition by the age of six. Regardless if you boil cow’s milk before giving it to your child, it does not prevent the allergy condition because although whey proteins are easily broken down by heat, casein proteins are heat-stable and remain the basically same even if milk is boiled and cooled down before drinking.

The most common manifestation of milk allergy symptoms are very similar to the physiological characteristics exhibited by individuals suffering from types of food allergies like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps or skin conditions like urticaria, and eczema. Other physical manifestation of milk allergy symptoms include acute respiratory system reactions, ear infections, acute abdominal pains, thinning of the skin in the buttocks area, skin irritation and inflammation, and chronic diarrhea.

There are three distinct examples of milk allergy symptoms that have been recognized and identified as prevalent.

Type 1 milk allergy symptoms customarily appear within minutes after the intake of even small volumes of cow’s milk. Sensitivity reactions are normally in the form of eczema or raised often itchy, red welts on the surface of the skin, with or without respiratory or gastro-intestinal symptoms.

In Type 2 milk allergy symptoms, manifestations start several hours after the intake of modest volumes of cow’s milk marked by constant vomiting and diarrhea.

Type 3 milk allergy symptoms appear after more than 20 hours after ingestion, sometimes even days, of large volumes of cow’s milk. The principal symptom may be a combination of diarrhea, with or without respiratory reactions and/or severe skin inflammation.

These milk allergy symptoms are not restricted to those people experiencing a milk allergy.
The physical characteristics of people suffering from food allergy exhibit the same manifestations as those who are allergic to milk, making it quite a difficult task to validate and identify.

Diagnosis of milk allergy in infants and older persons become relatively easier if the milk allergy symptoms begin soon after the baby starts on milk formula or in the case of older persons, are repeatedly exhibited after ingesting foods that contain milk and dairy ingredients. However, this is always not the case because children and adults usually consume milk in combination with other foods substances. It is only the Type 1 milk allergy symptoms that are easily detectable, as detection of the presence of IgE is normally effective in the immediate-type of allergy reactions.

Eye Allergy: The Real Score Fri, 05 Jan 2007 13:27:10 +0000 admin Studies reveal that approximately 27 million Americans suffer from one kind of eye allergy or another. Manifestations of eye allergy such as redness, inflammation and incessant protein production can be very frustrating and stressful which requires several consultations and visits to an eye doctor as these conditions may develop into a possible loss of eyesight.

There are cases wherein people who suffer from allergies such as hay fever or allergic rhinitis and topical eczema or dermatitis also develop an eye allergy. Research reveals that people who have a genetic history of such allergies are most likely to get eye allergy as well, before they reach 30 years of age since the triggers of eye allergy are the exact same allergens aside from face cleansers and cosmetics.

To have a better understanding of eye allergy, basic knowledge of the external anatomy of the eye is necessary. The mucus membrane covering the white surface of the eyeball and inner folds of the eyelid is the conjunctiva; it is full of blood vessels and contains more mast cells than the lungs. In the upper and outer portion of the eye are the lachrymal (tear) glands that produce tears that lubricate the eye. Whereas the cornea is the transparent sheath in front of the lens of the eye.

Unlike the nose, the conjunctiva has no natural filtering system and is always exposed to the environment whenever we open our eyes. As a reaction to environmental or other types of allergens, the antibody, IgE, coats the conjunctive mast cells in order to release histamine substances and mediators when exposure to the allergens occur again causing the eye allergy reaction of itchiness together with a burning sensation and runny eyes.

Eye allergy can be of various types.
Of the various types of foreign substance induced reactions affecting the eye, the most common is allergic conjunctivitis or allergic rhino conjunctivitis. This is a common seasonal affliction wherein inflammation of the conjunctiva makes the blood vessels swell which cause redness, itching, and teariness of the eyes.

Adolescent males are more prone to atopic keratoconjunctivitis type of eye allergy, which is common among boys who have had atopic dermatitis during childhood. Common manifestation of this condition is marked by extreme itchy red areas on the eyelids, heavy discharge from the eyes, and scaly and crustiness of the eyelids.

Another unusual form of eye allergy is vernal keratoconjunctivitis that affects preadolescent boys in the rural areas during late spring; common manifestations are extreme itchiness of the eyes, sensitivity to light, and the lids feel uncomfortable and droopy.
Extended use of contact lenses can result to another type of eye allergy called giant papillary conjunctivitis, the formation of substantial bumps on the conjunctiva under the eyelid.

Contact eye allergy is essentially contact dermatitis of the eyelids
This condition is prevalent among women and is the result of allergic reactions to preservatives in eye products and cosmetics, which can result to develop blisters, itchiness, and redness.

Most people suffering from an eye allergy can self-medicate effectively with over the counter products. However, if conditions persist and do not subside, medical attention is necessary as these conditions may lead to a loss of eyesight.

Season Allergy: Deal with it and Live Happily Tue, 02 Jan 2007 06:24:32 +0000 admin Seasonal allergy sufferers always have the objectionable experience of putting up with their season allergy symptoms, more so this year because it is officially the worst allergy season ever. The situation has become so overwhelming because people who have never experienced any type of allergy reaction in the past have reported incidents of season allergy symptoms affecting their eyes and respiratory systems.

Statistics show that approximately 20% of the American population suffers some sort of allergies; 14 million of these allergy sufferers will eventually visit their doctors and an estimated 4 million sick days will be availed of because of season allergy. Interestingly enough, Hartford, Connecticut takes pole position in reported seasonal allergies this year due to an extremely high pollen count.

Here are some myths and facts to treat the season allergy:

  • Myth: cold medications are only for colds and will not in any way help to alleviate allergy symptoms. Do not have take them regardless if friends and family tell you they are effective, only allergy medications effectively give allergy relief.
  • Myth: air purifiers helps keep the air clean, however, they cannot clean out pollen.
  • Fact: over the counter medications are effective if you know you are suffering from season allergy. However, do not self medicate under any circumstances.
  • Fact: know your condition and stay away from foods and places that trigger the allergies.
  • Fact: take a shower before going to bed. Basic and effective hygiene practice means cleaning off all the dust and pollen from your body. Taking a shower gives you fast relief.
  • Fact: sunglasses actually shield your eyes from pollens effectively preventing you from acquiring season allergy.

Treating season allergy symptoms is not that simple an exercise. There are some new set of laws that effectively restricts over the counter sale of types of nasal decongestants. Any type of medication that contains pseudoephedrine as an ingredient will only be sold by prescription and at limited quantities monthly.

However, the good news is that is many of the available over the counter drugs are very effective and can cure the effects of season allergy.

Surviving the onset of season allergy is not an easy task; it is something you have to constantly be conscious about and in control of the situation; with constant monitoring, careful observation, and understanding from your family, you should be able to easily get through even the worst of the seasons without suffering the consequences.

Sun Allergy: Signs and Symptoms Thu, 21 Dec 2006 00:22:51 +0000 admin Almost everybody exhibit some physical form of some sort due to sun allergy. Some have relatively minor symptomatic reactions like prickly heat whereas there are those who suffer from severe symptoms that can affect their way of life. There are people with extreme sensitivity who develop hives that can turn to blisters and spread to areas that are not directly exposed to the sun.

The reason is uncertain as to what causes sun allergy and why some people react differently than others. Most vulnerable are young children and infants who can be afflicted with welts that cover an entire area by forming a ring around the arms or legs. Simple skin irritation can quickly puff out to startling proportions.

Some children are also affected by a syndrome known as sun drunk, especially those who are prone to suffer from a sun allergy. A young child may go indoors after spending some time outside and stumble, lose balance, or otherwise display drunken behavior, hence, the term drunk. Some come in with glazed eyes and fall asleep quickly. The effects however are quickly gone once they are inside and have had enough time to recover, and there are no noticeable lasting effects.

There are various types of conditions under the title of sun allergy.
Some of these are the polymorphous light eruption (PMLE), actinic prurigo (hereditary PMLE), and photo allergic eruption. A rare form sun allergy is solar urticaria that usually affects women; its manifestations are large, itchy, red bumps or hives on the skin.

PMLE is a sun allergy that produces itchy skin rashes, and is relatively very common; on the other hand, hereditary PMLE normally occurs in people having an American Indian ancestry. The affliction of photo allergic eruption is a sun allergy that takes some time to diagnose; it is triggered when sunlight reacts with a chemical on or in the body such as sunscreen, lipstick, or medication. It is essential to be aware whether any medication you are taking can have an unfavorable reaction when exposed to the sun. If in unsure, it is always best to consult and ask your pharmacist for guidelines.

To prevent or possibly lessen sun allergy symptoms and reactions, it is compulsory to use a sunscreen with a rating of SPF 15 or greater. For children or those who suffer from solar urticaria, it is more advisable to use SPF 45+. In addition, sunscreen must be applied liberally on the skin and often. Whether or not someone has a known sun allergy, the application of a sunscreen should be dutifully and applied all over the body including the lips.

Eye Allergies: Some Basic Information Sat, 16 Dec 2006 06:21:25 +0000 admin One very common and widespread affliction of Americans are eye allergies; there are numerous and documented complaints of allergic effects that involve eyes. Severe eye allergies can be a very bothersome and extremely frustrating experience to go through as it calls for more than a few consultations and visits to a qualified practitioner. People who suffer from this type of allergy reaction are at risk because it poses a serious threat to the eyesight.

The conjunctiva is the area of the eye that exhibits the most common reaction, allergic conjunctivitis, of eye allergies; it is a clear layer of skin overlying the eyes. Allergic conjunctivitis has two common subtypes – seasonal allergic conjunctivitis (SAC) and perennial allergic conjunctivitis (PAC). Both types of reactions are triggered by an individuals hypersensitivity to triggers of eye allergies like pollen, grass, weeds, dust, and pet dander. As the names suggest, allergic problems do not last long in SAC, but lasts throughout the year in PAC.

Other symptoms normally indicative of eye allergies are redness of the eyes, teariness, a burning sensation in the eye, blurriness of vision, and excessive eye protein matter and/or mucus production.

If you are suffering from eye allergies and you can distinguish and avoid the substance you are sensitive to, you can improve your conditions without the need for medical treatment. On the other hand, if you are unable to identify or avoid the allergens, the best option is to visit an allergist or ophthalmologist to have your condition evaluated and treated. If you have SAC, you are better off since you can consult your doctor prior to the arrival of the season during which you suffer from eye allergies so that pre-emptive treatment can start even before the symptoms manifest themselves. However, if you have PAC, routine monitoring appointments with your doctor may be necessary to regularly observe your eye allergies condition.

In most cases, your allergist or ophthalmologist can diagnose eye allergies from your complaints alone.

Eye examinations are a part of the clinical assessment procedure to rule out other problem sources and conditions. Close inspection of the eyes with special instruments is necessary since the ophthalmologist will have to check for dilated blood vessels, conjunctival and eyelid inflammation, all of which are positive indicators of allergic reaction. Very rarely, a scraping of the conjunctiva may be performed to check for eosinophils.

Aside from medical treatment of eye allergies, prevention and avoidance is the best way to fight off allergens. However, if the problem persists despite avoidance and other self-care methodologies, medical treatment is the only other recourse. You can use over-the-counter medications such as allergy eye drops and oral antihistamines on recommendation of your physician for mild eye allergies. There are also numerous prescription eye drops that are widely available to help alleviate your suffering from eye allergies.

Corn Allergy Management Tips Mon, 11 Dec 2006 23:19:19 +0000 admin One of the more difficult types of allergy to identify is corn allergy because of the similarity of the symptomatic signs of corn allergy to other food allergens, even if individual reactions significantly vary from one person to the next. When you are diagnosed to have this particular type of allergy, the next step to take is to remove corn from your diet regardless of the type of allergy you have.

Some Foods With Corn Content
It may come as a surprise but most snacks have corn in them in the form of syrup, cornstarch or cornmeal, which can adversely trigger an allergy attack. There are products that have obvious corn content like tortilla and chips, however, other products are not so obvious to contain corn or corn derivatives, which leaves one no viable option but to read the fine print in order to avoid an undesirable reaction.

Edible derivatives of corn include flour, alcohol, gluten, sweetener, oil and even the ubiquitous popcorn, all these can trigger a corn allergy. If you are positive that you only react to corn protein, then you can safely have corn oil for cooking or in your salads, otherwise, you are taking a big risk.

Simply reading labels and being on the lookout for corn is not enough as additives like dextrose or glucose, dextrin, malt dextrin, caramel or malt syrup are also derived from corn and can definitely set off a corn allergy reaction. Soft drinks manufacturer also use corn syrup as sweetener or coloring; even iodized salt and white vinegar may also contain some corn that can trigger a corn allergy.

Other Products That Can Cause Corn Allergy

If you have a corn allergy, keep in mind that not only food products can possible contain corn. Some toothpaste manufacturers use corn oil ingredients for their products in high enough quantities to trigger a corn allergy. Moreover, some cosmetic companies also use corn oil as a cream or lotion texturizer agent, which can surely set off an allergy attack.

Even stamps and envelopes use corn-based adhesives. The seemingly innocent wax paper, paper plates and cups are also coated with corn oil that can definitely affect people who are very sensitive with a severe corn allergy reaction.

People afflicted with corn allergy have to exercise due diligence in buying and using ordinary products that may contain corn derivatives like cornstarch or corn syrup.

The situation may seem unfair for corn allergy sufferers, but simply investing time to carefully read and understand product labels and having doctor-prescribed medications in your person, there is no reason you cannot avoid setting off corn allergy reaction.

Allergy Testing: Demystifying Allergy Mysteries Thu, 07 Dec 2006 06:18:05 +0000 admin Generally speaking, each of us has a different and unique reaction to various allergy inducing substances. This necessitates the performance of allergy testing to isolate and identify specific substances to which an individual is allergic. Several testing methodologies like skin tests, elimination-type tests, and the radioallergosorbent tests (RAST) are widely used allergy testing procedures.

Skin testing procedures have two widely used variants, the scratch test wherein a small amount of a suspected allergy-causing substance is placed underneath the skin. After introduction of allergen, the patient is observed for any signs of a tell-tale allergic reaction. By employing this kind of allergy testing procedure, doctors can perform simultaneous tests on suspected at once and have the results available within 20 minutes.

Another method of skin allergy testing is the injection of a small amount of allergen beneath the surface of the skin and observing for any reaction. Skin tests are recommended to determine respiratory, medical and chemical, insect bite and some food allergies.

Elimination-type tests are preferred method of testing for food allergies

Elimination process of allergy testing is commonly done to establish food allergy. In the procedure, a patient is continuously observed for any health changes as he undergoes the one-by-one elimination of suspected allergy-causing foods from his diet over a span weeks and gradual re-introduction of the same foods in the same manner.

To eliminate an individuals susceptibility to suggestion, it is recommended that a double-blind test of suspected foods and placebos be administered. In this manner, the patient and provider are both unaware if the food substance in a particular session is the placebo or the suspected food itself. The substances are identifiable only to a third party by some sort of marking on the container. Double-blind tests require several sessions if more than one food substance is suspected as the allergy cause.

Another type of test is the RAST, which is a laboratory test of the patient’s blood. This method of allergy testing is designed to count specific IgE antibodies in the blood, which are normally present if there is a true allergic reaction to any substance.

Other manners of allergy testing are immunoglobulin measurements and blood cell differential or absolute eosinophil count. An abnormal increase in the count of eosinophils indicates allergy reaction. Provocation or challenge allergy testing involves the patients exposure to the suspected allergen under clinically controlled conditions supervised by a qualified doctor, as there is a great probability of dangerous allergic reactions.

Before subjecting a patient to any type of allergy testing, the doctor needs necessary information on your illnesses, social and emotional conditions, work, entertainment and lifestyle habits, and foods and eating preferences in order to preclude any dangerous complications.