Exposing patients with chronic sinus disease to allergens and then obtaining repeated images by X-ray or ultrasound reveals that nasal allergies may be involved in some cases of chronic sinus disease, according to a report in the December issue of Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Chronic disease of the maxillary sinus (the sinus cavity located in the mid-face beneath the cheeks, on either side of the nose) is common and affects a wide population of adults and children, according to background information in the article. "Although the involvement of hypersensitivity mechanisms, and especially of nasal allergy, in chronic disease of the maxillary sinuses has been recognized, the diagnostic procedures for this disorder and the relationship vary, " the author writes.
Many people claim to have food allergies, but what does the term really mean? It seems to be tossed around a lot without a precise definition, with people making all kinds of sometimes reasonable and sometimes not so reasonable claims. Often it seems that almost everyone has a food allergy to something, or so they believe, when in reality only a small portion of the population actually does. A food allergy is when your body responds to a harmless protein in food as an invader and makes antibodies to halt the invasion, much as when the body has an infection. It is defined as a hypersensitive reaction to harmless proteins in food by the immune system.
Eczema is a skin rash that has symptoms which include dry, itchy and reddened skin patches. Some people notice that their dermatitis is worsened or stimulated by a response to chemicals in the environment. Many people with eczema have hypersensitive skin which can be irritated by regular household chemicals. Some products you may need to avoid if you have this condition are: Laundry detergents or fabric conditioners Some detergents and fabric softeners can worsen the condition of the skin. Rinse clothes thoroughly after washing by using the rinse cycle again after the initial wash and use less detergent than indicated and choose a low fragrance product.
Winters in Chicago are legendary-on the top of low temperatures you get freezing wind gusts and occasional slap in a face by a viscous snowstorm. So I was sure that my sinus infections were the outcome of living and working in the downtown of Windy City and maybe a little bit of bad luck or some strange genetic inclination to get sinus infection after every minor cold. Doctors used to put me on different antibiotics, which constantly upset my stomach and made me feel even sicker and weaker. I felt miserable and seemed to have reached a dead end. One day I've talked to my uncle, who is a scientist and researcher in Switzerland, and he told me my condition must have something to do with dairy products.
This year more and more people are starting a gluten free diet. Gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, can cause many health problems for those who are sensitive to it. Unfortunately, nearly all "ready to eat" and convenience foods often have some form of gluten in it, which can make it really difficult for some to adjust to the amount of cooking needed to make meals. Often the ready made gluten free foods are sometimes triple the cost of the versions made with wheat. Having to make everything from scratch can be pretty overwhelming, especially if you have never been a good cook! Thankfully, a few basic kitchen gadgets can help save you prep time and money by making things yourself.
Allergy information helps those afflicted with allergies to know exactly what is going on and, if necessary, what to do about it. You will want to know where and when you are most likely to come into contact with anything that could trigger your allergy symptoms and how to deal with symptoms when they occur. Allergies can be experienced through several means. They can be triggered though inhalation, ingestion, injection, and contact with the skin. There is a whole range of severity when it comes to allergic reactions. Some are life-threatening while others are just bothersome. Where you fall on the continuum will dictate how you deal with your allergy symptoms when they occur.