Allergies Articles

Do you need a portable air purifier?

Portable air purifiers can eliminate or reduce several airborne allergens and pollutants such as dust mite allergens, mold, pollens, and pet dander. There are hundreds of styles and manufacturers of portable air purifiers, which range in price from $30 to $1000. But the big difference is in the filters. Doctors recommend high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, which are able to capture ultra-fine particles in the air. These filters must be replaced annually. It’s best to run an air purifier all day long in an area where one is exposed to air pollutants. (Locked) More »

Dodging skin irritations from problem plants

Many plants can cause rash, so it’s important to learn how to take precautions against them. The easiest way is to wear long sleeves and pants when gardening or spending time near potentially poisonous plants, as well as a thick pair of work gloves. Once inside, use soap and water to wash any body parts that may have come in contact with poisonous plants. If exposure to poisonous plants causes a rash, it will go away on its own in 10 days. However, prescription topical steroids and cool compresses can relieve rash symptoms. More »

Adult food allergies

Sometimes adults suddenly develop allergies to foods they have eaten since they were children. Experts have two explanations for food allergies that crop up in adulthood. They may be the result of a delayed or extended period of sensitization to an allergen or a cross-reaction to some other allergen, such as pollen. The body's immune system mistakes a protein for the pollen and initiates a reaction. (Locked) More »

Food allergies and food intolerances

Food allergies typically begin in infancy, and can be life-threatening if not outgrown. They are more common in people who have other allergies, eczema, hay fever, or asthma. More than 170 foods have been associated with allergic reactions, but 90% of all cases involve milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, or soy. typically begin in infancy, and can be life-threatening if not outgrown. Food intolerance can cause discomfort but is generally less serious. It usually results from the inability to digest or metabolize a food completely. The symptoms — gas, bloating, nausea, and diarrhea — overlap those of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and food intolerance can trigger episodes of IBS. Both are on the rise but it's important to know the difference. (Locked) More »

Allergic rhinitis: Your nose knows

Allergic rhinitis, commonly called hay fever, can be a minor seasonal nuisance or a troubling year-round problem. Most people can find relief by taking an antihistamine and by avoiding the allergens that trigger the irritation. (Locked) More »