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Carpet And Allergies

Is there a link between carpet and allergies? In springtime many people suffer from hay fever, caused by pollen. But there are also people that suffer all year long. Indoor Allergies One of the culprits may be dust mites. They can live everywhere in the home, including carpets. Many people do not know what is causing their problems. They never think of this because they are too small to be seen by the naked eye. Carpet does not gather any more dust than bare floors, as long as it is kept clean. Regular vacuuming with with a vacuum cleaner that has a hepa filter, that can block dust, and dander, will reduce the amount of dust mites in your home.

Define Gluten - Do I Need to Avoid Foods Containing Gluten?

With all of the various food allergies and sensitivities that everyone claims to have these days, in addition to all of the conflicting advice on which foods are healthy and which will make us sick, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction and decide what is best for us. With all of the new labels touting to be gluten free, many of us are afraid to eat anything resembling a grain. The truth is that, in general, food is not the enemy. However, for many living with food allergies, certain items can be detrimental to one's health and quality of life. Therefore, it is good to pay attention to how you feel after eating certain foods and then, if you suspect an allergy or sensitivity, to consult your doctor for the appropriate diagnostic tests.

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Britons May Be Avoiding Wheat Unnecessarily, UK

Too many people are self-diagnosing food allergies and could be restricting their diet unnecessarily, according to a new report by the University of Portsmouth and commissioned by the Flour Advisory Bureau. Research shows that up to 20 per cent of adults think they suffer from a food allergy or food intolerance. However evidence suggests that the real prevalence of food allergy and intolerance in adults is less than 2 per cent. It means that millions of people could be avoiding certain foods unnecessarily and without proper medical advice. The report also reveals that over half of the British population believes that wheat allergy is a common illness and in 2009 wheat was the most commonly self reported food allergen for both men and women.

Clean Air at Home the Secret to Overcoming Allergies

We are exposed daily to contaminants such as bacteria, pet dander and mold that can possible lead to serious health problems. These contaminants are present even though we cannot see them. Many solutions to this problem are on the market and may be a smart purchase for individuals to consider. A residential air cleaner is designed for the home and provides air filtration and purification. You may consider a pre-filter which removes large airborne contaminants. While these particles would be filtered by the air cleaner, the pre filter will help to extend the life of your purifier by handling the larger particles. If you need extra filtration then consider a HEPA, or surgical grade air filtration system.

Gluten Containing Foods Undercover

Individuals with Celiac disease or non-Celiac gluten sensitivity must avoid all forms of gluten in even the smallest amount. Because gluten provokes their antibodies to attack their own intestinal wall, the consequences of consuming gluten-containing foods can be severe. Some might think that sounds simple: Okay, just don't eat bread and baked goods, right? Unfortunately, it isn't that simple. Gluten can hide in vague ingredient descriptions as well as in common over-the-counter supplements and drugs. Common Vague Ingredients Some terms to watch include -- but are not limited to - spices, natural flavors, and artificial flavors. These are often groups of ingredients in such small quantities that manufacturers can get away without listing the exact name of each ingredient.

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5 Common Causes of Allergies

Hay fever and asthma are often caused by things breathed in from the air around us. Many substances can start an allergic response in sufferers but we will look at 5 of the most likely culprits: Pollen is a very common cause of hay fever and can also cause allergic asthma. Plants such as grasses produce light pollen grains that blow about easily with the wind and can get carried into towns and cities and so affect allergic people over a wide area. Trying to escape high pollen areas in Spring and Summer is well nigh impossible for most of us, but you could spend more time in air-conditioned buildings or take medication to reduce the symptoms.

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