Every year starting as early as February and lasting well into the summer, many asthmatics seem to get one of those "springtime colds" that lasts for weeks and never seems to go away. Often what people think is just an irritating prolonged cold are actually allergies. If symptoms include clear nasal discharge and congestion, itchy eyes and ears, no fevers, wheezing, sneezing, or cough and lasts more than 1-2 weeks, the problem may be allergies. Asthmatics should take several steps to accurately diagnose and treat possible seasonal allergies. 1. Find the Culprit-The best way to discover for sure what is aggravating allergy and asthma problems is to have skin prick testing done by a board-certified allergist. Minute amounts of common allergy triggers are pricked, scratched, or injected under the skin and the individual is watched carefully for skin or respiratory reactions. Another way of checking for allergies is done by a blood test and is called radioallergosorbent testing (RAST).
Having bed bug bites all over your body could be one of your horrendous experience in life. Imagine waking up from your sleep only to be greeted by itchy red marks instead of being greeted with the smile of your wife and kids. Most people can't bear the itchiness of the bites and start scratching all over the place. Some can just leave the marks like that and let them disappear slowly without treating the bites properly. The best practice would be to treat the bed bug bites so that your skin is free from infection, as well as reducing the itchiness and the swelling of the bites. But how would you treat the bites? That's the question that most people are searching for the answer every single day. From my experience dealing with bed bug bites, the most important step of all is to try and reduce the chances of bed bugs lying around your bedroom area. Prevention is better than cure and hygiene is the key. Always make sure that every crease of your bed is free from bed bug eggs. If however the bed bugs manage to sneak into your household, there are several things that you could do to prepare yourself against bed bugs.
Allergies have become one of the most prevalent problems of our modern age; most people seem to have some form of allergy. What exactly is an allergy how is it manifest, what causes it and what can we do about it? What is an allergy? To most people allergy is hay fever, or some symptom experienced after eating some specific food. Allergies can be of two types, environmental such as hay fever, usually a reaction to pollen, or a food allergy, a reaction to a food item. Reactions can vary from itchy eyes, running nose to anaphaxtic shock which can involve the swelling of the airways which can be life threatening. What cause an allergy or food sensitivity? Gut Permeability. The major source of toxic material is via the Gastrointestinal Tract (GIT). The intestinal wall is covered with mucus which protects if from attack. If there is damage to the intestinal and/or food is not properly digested, incompletely digested food will enter the bloodstream. This condition is called Gut permeability, or leaky Gut syndrome.
Nobody wants to live with an allergy. It's especially troubling when you're allergic to a particular type of food. An allergy to wheat can be especially troubling since it's found in so many foods. Gluten is a rubbery protein that's contained in grains. It's common in breads that are made from wheat, barley, rye and oats. It's these proteins that people are allergic to. Albumin, globulin, gluetnin and gliadin are the four basic proteins that can be found in wheat. As with any allergy it's best to recognize your wheat allergy symptoms. While it's possible for them to vary, depending on the person, the most common signs and symptoms of a gluten wheat allergy are swelling, hives, nausea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, asthma and a skin rash. These symptoms can range from mild to extremely painful. In the worst case scenario these symptoms could be life threatening. However this is the case only if the person is highly sensitive to gluten. It's a good idea to see a doctor if you think you may suffer from an allergy to wheat & glutton.
Dust mites present an extraordinary challenge for people with eczema. It is believed that dust mites may incite up to 90% total of all eczema flare ups. There are a number of things you can do to get rid of dust mites. It begins with getting rid of their main food source. Why is this challenge extraordinary? I called this challenge an extraordinary one because it is a huge problem if left untreated. Once you do treat it, you may very well find that there is nothing in your home that causes your eczema to flare anymore. Treating dust mites primarily involves getting rid of their source of food. What do dust mites eat? Dust mites eat dander, whether it is human dander (dead skin, hair and fingernails) or animal dander. As far as humans are concerned, people may spend up to 1/3 of their lifetime in their beds, and this is the place where the highest levels of dust mite concentrations can be found. How do you cut off their food source? Gortex is the main material that is used to cut off the food source of dust mites as they apply to your bed.
There's nothing more frightening for new parents than the thought that their child may be sick. While most parents do well keeping their child away from common cold and flu germs, not everyone takes into account the affect household allergens may have on a newborn. Common respiratory symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, coughing and difficulty breathing are often examples of allergic rhinitis, or respiratory allergies, and are caused by a simple factor in the child's environment. Dust mites, pet dander, mold, pollen -young children can develop allergies to a number of everyday things. Luckily, removing allergens and thus preventing or reducing allergic reactions can be a very easy process. The most important part of the process, though, is knowing what you're up against. It is important to understand what respiratory allergens are if you expect to protect your child from them. An allergy is an immune reaction to an irritable substance in the child's environment. The child's body views these irritants as dangerous and releases chemicals, such as histamines, that cause uncomfortable and potentially harmful symptoms.
Controlling dust mites should be a mandatory eczema treatment. Dust mites spread rapidly in environments where little is known about them. The next few paragraphs will begin to inform you a little of the nature of dustmites and the effect they may have in your home. Why should controlling dust mites be mandatory? Next to pollen, dust mites are the leading cause of all allergies, including eczema flare ups. Numerous studies and eczema sufferers have proved that when the environment is treated for dust mites significant improvements to health are achieved. How fast do dust mites spread? The rate of increase of dust mites are affected by how much comfortable living space they are afforded. A particular environment was partially treated for dust mites and left alone (the area was cleaned, but no bed coverings etc was used). In the space of two through three weeks there was a measurable number of them back in operation again. What if I know that my eczema is caused by other allergies? If you know for sure that your eczema is caused by allergies other than the dust mite then you do not necessarily have to treat for them.
When dust mite droppings are repeatedly inhaled they can be the cause of skin and other problems with people who have atopic illnesses. If not inhaled, their effect becomes that much less of an issue. The question is, how does a person make sure that they are not inhaling this source of aggravation? The first suggestion is obvious even to you if you had thought about it. You can live inside an iron lung. The good thing is dust mites are an indoor problem so when you go outside you can leave the lung alone until you go indoors again. You may find it more feasible to treat your pillows for dust mites though. When you are sleeping if your bedding is not covered for dust mites your pillow will be loaded with dust mite feces and enzymes, and you will inhale the particles. Lets say you decided to use a mask to cover your nose and mouth when asleep. To that I say good try. But if the pores on your mask are more than 3 microns wide, it will be permeated by the dust mites' allergic droppings.
A latex skin allergy can be one of the most frustrating of all allergies. It can be caused by rubber gloves, latex pillows, a latex mattress, certain kinds of paint or even condoms. Who can suffer from latex allergies? Many times people who work in the healthcare industry develop allergies from latex gloves. Since they use gloves help to fight the spread of germs and bacteria, an allergic reaction to latex can cause serious health issues, not only to the person who suffers from the allergy, but the patience's they are treating. It's important to note, in most cases contact with latex is needed to trigger a reaction. However, it is possible for latex allergies to travel through the air. In the health care industry this usually occurs when doctors or nurses take off their gloves, which may release the cornstarch in to the air that carries the latex proteins. It's also possible for people to develop a latex allergy from condoms. Not only can this interrupt a couples most intimate moments, but it's also a serious berth control issue.
Not all eczema is caused by dust mites. A very important question you will want to have answered is; should I still treat my surroundings for dust mites if my problem is caused by another allergen? Let's briefly consider a few alternatives that may help you come to a conclusion that satisfies you. Consider this, you have a disease. The person next to you has this same disease, but the cause of it is slightly different (at least so you think). He treats his environment for mites and gets complete relief. The reason why he treated his environment is because he grew to understand that dust mites leave enzymes that have an adverse effect on the skin barrier of people who have eczema. What do you want to do? Now consider it from another point of view. If you make all of your surroundings too immaculate then your body may not be able to manufacture natural antibodies to the eczema you are trying to fight off. This means that your body may not be learning to fight against eczema without external assistance.