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Allergy Symptoms

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Different people are allergic to different types of substances. Talk to your doctor if your allergy seems to be persistent or serious.

Food Allergies

The signs of food allergy often become manifest after taking foods you are allergic to. There are rare occasions when the person reacts to a food allergy only after hours of eating these foods. The symptoms can affect areas around the digestive tract, mouth or lips among others. Certain foods like wheat, shellfish, soy, fish, milk, nuts and eggs among others are the most common foods that result to allergic responses.

Mild Symptoms:

  • Itchy, stuffy or runny nose
  • Sneezing, wheezing, congestion or coughing
  • Skin rashes
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps and indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Swallowing or speaking difficulty
  • Feeling of tightness in your throat
  • Swelling, itching or tingling of your throat, lips, tongue or mouth

Serious Symptoms:

  • Anaphylaxis – This is a sudden, severe and potentially fatal physiological response with symptoms that affect many parts of the body. Anaphylaxis can manifest immediately after exposure to allergens. This reaction can result in the entire swelling of the body, hardness of breathing and serious itching of the whole body. It can result in shock and death and needs to be given medical attention as soon as possible. This allergic response can be due to food allergies, insect bite or sting or from medication.
  • Sudden and serious facial swelling and itching
  • Sudden hoarseness or incapacity to speak
  • Sudden or rapid increase of heart beat
  • Faintness, dizziness and sweating
  • Breathing difficulties

Other symptoms of anaphylaxis include:

  • Irregular heart beat
  • Diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting or nausea
  • Lightheadedness, confusion or agitation
  • Chest tightening
  • Swallowing or breathing difficulty
  • Swelling in the throat or mouth
  • Tingling or itching all over the body

Anaphylaxis also causes your bronchial tissues to swell up causing you to choke and making you lose consciousness. It also causes your blood pressure to drop dramatically due to many of your blood vessels dilating all at once and it may also lead to loss of consciousness. The shock caused by anaphylaxis can lead to death.

Respiratory Allergies

Respiratory allergy reactions often manifest some hours after exposure. They are usually caused by allergens such as dust mites, mold spores, plant pollens and animal dander.

Mild Symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Sore eyes
  • Clear and thin mucus and runny or clogged nose
  • Watery, swollen, itchy or red eyes
  • Congestion
  • Throat hoarseness
  • Impaired sense of smell
  • Postnasal drip
  • Itchy nose or throat
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing or wheezing

Serious Symptoms:

  • Chest pain and tightness
  • Difficulty and shortness in breathing

Contact Allergies

Symptoms of contact allergies manifest themselves after a few minutes of exposure, although there might be individuals that show symptoms only after several hours later. Typical allergens include cosmetics like hair dye and perfume, medications, fragrances, preservatives, latex, nickel, rubber, poison oak and poison ivy among many others. A person can also get allergy from metal clips, zippers, hairpins, jewelry and buttons – all products that are made from nickel. Even periods under the sun can give you allergic reactions.

Mild Symptoms:

  • Eczema
  • Hives
  • Redness or swelling of the skin
  • Fluid filled bumps on the skin

Serious Symptoms:

  • Anaphylaxis

Insect Bite or Sting Allergies

A sting or bite from an insect can contain poison that can cause an allergic reaction. Symptoms often become manifest after a few minutes after a bite or a sting although some people might have a more delayed reaction with symptoms showing up only after some hours. The allergic reactions can come from bites or stings of yellow jackets, fire ants, hornets, bees or wasps.


Nawei’s Acupuncture Clinic
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Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: 719-632-7103

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November 25th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

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Allergic Reactions Risk Factors

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There are three factors that heighten your likelihood to develop an allergic reaction. The three factors are upper respiratory infections, the immediate environment and genetics.

A child with a parent that is allergic to a certain material/substance will have a 30% to 50% chance of inheriting his parent’s likelihood to be allergic although surprisingly, the child may not necessarily acquire his parent’s specific type of allergy. The child has a high likelihood to inherit a tendency to have allergies.

Early contact to potential allergens, like cigarette smoke, or dog or cat dander are very much agents that increase a person’s risk to develop allergies.

If both a child’s parents have allergies, the child has a high likelihood (60% to 80%) to develop allergies. Identical twins may share a lot of characteristics but they only have 25% to 50% likelihood to share similar types of allergy. If both parents have no allergic reactions, the likelihood of their child developing allergic reactions is only around 10%.

Heredity definitely determines whether a person develops an allergy of some kind; however, it is the environment that often causes the activation of that allergy. A person who has genetically acquired allergy to a certain kind of pollen may not be aware of this until he goes to an area where this pollen is widespread.

Determining why an individual is allergic to a specific substance can be difficult to do.  An allergy often starts with a sensitization wherein the individual is first exposed to an allergen. Upon another and more exposures to that allergen (even if they happen after several days or after several decades) the immune system is activated to produce antibodies that are responsible for the allergic reaction towards that antigen.

Individuals of any race, sex and age can experience allergic reactions. These reactions can begin at any age although children are the ones likeliest among all age groups to develop allergies.

Interestingly male children less than 10 years old have double the risk of developing allergic reactions to airborne substances compared to female children in this age group.

One important thing to remember is that the seriousness of an allergy can become even worse over time. A person experiencing his first bee sting, for example, could only result in a mild allergic reaction, when he gets stung a fifth or sixth time, the sting can become fatal to him.

The deadly potential of allergic reactions is reason enough to seriously take good care of first time mild reactions not merely consider them as temporary inconveniences.

Harmony Wellness Center
110 N Orlando Ave
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 234-6454

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November 24th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

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Allergic Reactions Preparing for Your Appointment

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When seeking treatment for your allergic reactions, you may first visit your doctor who will evaluate your condition and may refer you to an allergist especially if your allergies become worse or continue even after taking antihistamines bought over-the-counter.

As with typical visits to your doctor, you can prepare well for your appointment by doing a few things.  In fact, prior to your appointment your allergist may even require you to prepare and perform some important things for your appointment date.

The allergist may require you to stop taking antihistamines certain days prior to your appointment if you are using allergy drugs. This is important because some allergy tests will measure your body’s reaction to various allergens you’ll be exposed to and if antihistamines are in your body the test results will become inaccurate affecting the choices of your treatment.

It is advisable to wear a shirt with short sleeves on your appointment day so that it may be easier to perform the skin prick test or to draw blood in you.

You may also need to record the seriousness of your allergic reactions as well as when those reactions occur. This can help the allergist know what allergens can be possible causes of your reactions.  You can record the foods you eat and their ingredients, if possible, especially if you experience reactions within an hour of eating a meal.

During appointment time you may be required to fill out forms inquiring about the allergic reactions you’ve experienced as well as inquiries about your medical history. You can give a copy of a record of your allergy reactions to the allergist so that he can review them before tests are done.

It is good to bring along a friend, partner or a family member who can take notes while you and your doctor talk about your condition. You need to ask all questions you need answers to with your allergist regardless of how silly you may think they sound.  To facilitate or maximize your appointment time, you can write these questions beforehand, bring them to the appointment and ask them in order not to forget these questions during the appointment.

Some of the relevant questions you can ask your allergist can include:

  • What medical problem(s) is/are causing the symptoms and signs I am experiencing?
  • Do I need to undergo allergy tests?
  • What is the best treatment for both my health complaint and my other existing conditions?
  • What do I need to change or do at home to address my condition?
  • What restrictions do I need follow?
  • What are the signs/symptoms that I might experience that should need to be reported immediately to you?
  • What are the signs/symptoms my family or friends should know that should make them bring me to the hospital ASAP?
  • Can you prescribe me generic drugs instead of brand names for my condition?

As mentioned a while ago, if you have questions outside of this list, you need to ask all of them during your appointment.

What to expect from your doctor

In order to properly evaluate, diagnose and treat your condition, your allergist will need to ask you a series of questions. Prepare to answer all of them as truthfully and honestly as possible so that you get the correct and best treatment. Some of the questions may be like these:

  • What symptoms have you experienced?
  • When have these symptoms started?
  • Have you had a recent respiratory problem like a cold?
  • What times of the day do your symptoms get worse?
  • What things worsen your symptoms? What things make them better?
  • What area of your home does your symptoms act up or worsen?
  • If you have pets, do they go into your bed or sleeping area?
  • Do you have dampness/too much moisture in your home or workplace?
  • Do you have a family history of asthma or allergies?
  • Are you regularly exposed to airborne pollution like tobacco smoke? Do you smoke?
  • Have you tried drugs and other treatments for your condition? Were they effective?
  • What other illnesses do you have?
  • What drugs, steroids, supplements or herbs are you presently using?

You can also request for reading materials, brochures and pamphlets from your allergist as well as ask him for websites that offer a lot of information regarding your condition.


DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic
2929 SW 3rd Ave #610
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 677-3214

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November 17th, 2013 at 2:11 am

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Definition of Arthritis

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Arthritis is defined as a health concern that causes symptoms like inflammation to the joints, pain to the affected areas of the body and loss or limitation of body movements. Inflammation due to arthritis often is combined with stiffness and mild to severe pain that is often the result of infection. Arthritis can also bring other maladies like degenerative diseases, trauma and poor metabolic function. There are actually more than a hundred forms of arthritis but there are three common types of this disorder. These include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis

Arthritis is also referred to in association with rheumatic diseases but it should be mentioned that the many types of arthritis are just a fraction of the many kinds of rheumatic diseases that certain people are suffering from.

Arthritis has also been observed in children as well as old people. It is a chronic disease that is long-term and occasionally permanent. The stiffness, swelling and pain caused by arthritis can stay latent for a long time but may erupt anytime and the severity of the pain can range from mild to severe for different kinds of sufferers.

Arthritis affects almost 50 million Americans every year.  Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis with people over 60 years old as the age group where it most often arises.

Arthritis occurs when the joints meet and rub together causing pain. When the tissue that enwraps the ends of the bones – the tissue that allows the joints to smoothly slide against each other – is diminished or has been completely lost, problems like severe impairment of the range of motion of the affected area, instability and joint weakness and of course, pain occurs. This condition can disrupt the sufferer’s daily activities making it difficult for him to walk, climb stairs, type, utilize eating utensils or even brush his teeth.

Many arthritis sufferers may figure out that the pain is not the only problem of their condition. There are forms of arthritis that can lead to damage to major body organs like the skin, blood vessels, lungs or heart besides the often affected musculoskeletal system of the body.

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November 17th, 2013 at 2:11 am

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Allergy Complications

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An allergy can potentially have many complications and they tend to be different among various types of individuals. The more common complications of an allergic reaction are nasal polyps, anaphylaxis, asthma, hives and sinusitis (acute and chronic). Acute sinusitis is the inflammation of the sinuses which causes a blockage in the air passageway making breathing difficult. Furthermore fluid accumulates on the sinuses making mucosal drainage difficult as well. Allergy can also beget other kinds of allergy reactions.

Acute sinusitis – When breathing difficulty ensues, persistent coughing, headaches and fever follow. When allergy leads to acute sinusitis, the latter can last for a month. Acute sinusitis can cause symptoms such as halitosis, nausea, cough, facial pain, sore throat, nasal congestion and nasal breathing difficulty.

Anaphylaxis – This is a health condition that is triggered by the interaction of specific chemicals with the antibodies leading to allergic reactions. Anaphylaxis is a potentially fatal condition with symptoms that include watery eyes and severe rhinitis among others. The abrupt chemical release causes dramatic physiological changes like the narrowing of the bronchial tubes and the sudden drop of blood pressure. An anaphylactic shock can come from a mere insect bite or a bee sting. Other common signs of an anaphylaxis reaction include hives, diarrhea, pale skin, vomiting, nausea, wheezing, drop in pulse and dizziness.

Chronic sinusitis – This condition is simply acute sinusitis that has been extended for long periods of time. Chronic sinusitis can lead to the development mold or fungi on the sinuses and can affect the physiology of the nose – it can lead to a crooked septum. This type of condition lasts for around 3 months and can manifest symptoms such as ear pain, green yellowish discharge, lessened olfactory function, sore throat, cough and blockage of the nasal lining.

Dermatographia – This is a skin condition that reveals itself as inflammation and redness of the skin. The skin becomes sensitive that even with the slightest bruise or injury can result in prominent bumps. Dermatographia also can cause hive-like welts. It can be triggered by weather changes and becomes obvious after a few minutes.

Hive, urticaria and angioderma – These are skin disorders that has the look of a flare and wheal. Angioderma symptoms include welts in the lips and eye area. Angioderma can be hereditary and its other symptoms can consist of inflammation of the genital tract, air passage, feet and digestive tract among others.

Fungus infection in the lungs – If you have an allergy to molds, it can affect your lungs and sinuses. This condition is also known as allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis or allergic fungal sinusitis.

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4410 Lamont Street
San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: 619-800-2287

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November 15th, 2013 at 2:15 am

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Allergic Reactions Lifestyles and Home Remedies

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Ways to Relieve Nasal Congestion

Nasal congestion and hay fever symptoms can be effectively addressed through a home remedy known as nasal lavage. This is a method that entails the cleaning out of the sinuses using saline solution (which is simply a solution of salt and water). You can use a bulb-style syringe to clean out your sinuses with saline, you can also try utilizing a neti pot, wherein you pour a small amount of saline solution into your nostrils and afterwards spit the solution out.

Face Masks

If you regularly are exposed to airborne allergens, then it is best to wear a face mask when you go out every day. Even at home, you may need to wear a face mask if you are cleaning and dusting your home. One particular face mask called a mist and dust respirator is quite helpful not only for doing housecleaning but also for outdoor purposes that keeps you exposed to allergens like pollen.

Pet Dander Solution

The best way to avoid allergies caused by your pet’s dander is by making your bedroom a “no trespassing zone” for the pet. You can designate duties such as grooming, bathing and feeding your pet to other members of your family who are not allergic to the pet.

Regular Wash of Bedding

Make your bedroom as clean as possible to prevent suffering from any kind of allergy reaction. Allergy control and protection is very much important in the room where you sleep. The Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America recommends that for at least once a week, you need to wash in hot water (around 103 degrees Fahrenheit) your stuffed toys, uncovered pillows, bedding and mattresses. Never lie down or sleep on pillows and bedding that cannot be washed at home or that harbor dust. You can buy synthetic pillows, comforters or a dust-proof plastic cover for your mattress.


To effectively kill molds in your home, use bleach. You can rid of all molds in your household appliances, walls, floors and bathroom floors by just wiping them with a bleach solution containing a gallon of water mixed with three quarters of bleach.  After applying the beach mixture, allow for five minutes before you rinse them with water.

Hard Flooring

It is especially hard to rid your carpet of mold, pet dander and dust mites since these things cling to soft surfaces in vise-like grips. Steam cleaning your carpet can make these allergens even more hazardous to your health since the steam makes the carpet moist enabling the mold and dust mites to thrive. If you allergic to these factors, then you may need to switch to hard flooring and use setting throw rugs that are washable instead. If you decide to stick with carpets then make sure you avail of a vacuum cleaner fitted with a HEPA filter.

HEPA Filtration Device

A HEPA or high-efficiency particulate air filtering device is especially effective in filtering out airborne allergens. This device traps these allergens via a fine screen. You can either buy a HEPA filtration device for all the often used rooms in your home or buy one and transfer it on the room you are in.

Air Conditioning

For pollen allergies, air conditioning is one of the most effective ways to prevent this type of allergen from affecting you. Air conditioning also helps keep mold and dust mites under control. It is a very good way to filter airborne allergens especially if you have an air cleaner installed.


Galina Semyonova is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist in New York City. She has studied extensively in the fields of biofeedback therapy, SCENAR therapy, Chinese herbal treatments and Chinese and Western nutrition.

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November 10th, 2013 at 2:28 am

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Acne – Risk Factors

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The onset of the teenage age significantly increases a person’s risk of developing acne. At this stage, the body experiences a sudden surge of hormonal activity that often results in the excess production of sebum that lasts until the age of 20. This is true for both male and female. For women, they can develop acne during their menstrual cycle and during pregnancy.


Too much stress in the mind and body can result in the imbalance of hormone production that can result in the development of acne. Androgens, male hormones are agents that accelerate the increase of sebum in the skin. Adrenal glands are known to overproduce androgens during stressful instances which thus results in the overproduction of sebum


The frequent usage of cosmetic products with high fat content can add to the sebum in the skin that can eventually result in acne. Some drugs like lithium and those with corticosteroids, medications high in iodine content and oral contraceptives that tend to disrupt the normal function of the hormonal glands can lead to skin problems such as acne.


Since acne can be passed along by genetics and if you have a family history of acne, then you are at a high risk of developing acne as well. Babies whose mothers have the gene that causes acne can develop acne from stress during their birth.

Other Risk Factors

Besides the aforementioned common factors that can cause acne, other possible factors that may give rise to acne can include some disorders in the endocrine system, congenital adrenal hyperplasia and, polycystic ovary syndrome. Sometimes even things that cause pressure on your skin like tight collars, heavy backpacks, tight helmets can cause acne.


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November 10th, 2013 at 1:42 am

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Anemia – Treatments and Drugs

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Anemia therapy will be contingent or dependent on the severity, cause and type of the anemia you have. Treatments that can be considered can include surgery for treating loss of blood, procedures, medicines, dietary supplements and changes and alternative therapy such as acupuncture.

Aims of Therapy

Anemia treatment primarily is to address the lack of oxygen the red blood cells carry. The objective is to raise the red blood cell count and/or the level of hemoglobin which is the protein residing in red blood cells that conveys oxygen to the body. Another objective is to treat the root cause of the anemia.

Dietary Supplements and Changes

Certain types of anemia are due to low iron content in the body. This can be due to certain conditions or diseases or to a diet low in iron content. To increase iron the thing to do is to take iron or vitamin supplements and adding iron-rich foods to your diet. Typical supplements include folate (folic acid) and vitamin B12. In order for the body to absorb iron efficiently, vitamin C intake is recommended.


Iron is needed by the body to create hemoglobin. Meats have iron that is easily absorbable than iron content in vegetables or other foods. The doctor can recommend you taking in more meat particularly red meat like liver or beef and other protein rich foods like shellfish, fish, pork, turkey and chicken among others.

Iron rich foods that are non-meat include:

  • Iron-added breads and cereals
  • Prune juice
  • Dried fruits like apricots, raisins and prunes
  • Peas like chickpeas, soybeans and baked beans (red and white) and lentils
  • Tofu
  • Dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, Chinese cabbage, etc.

You can also take iron supplements if you’d rather take in iron this way. Iron supplements are often integrated in multivitamins and other minerals that facilitate iron absorption by your body.

For premature babies, infants and young kids physicians may recommend drinking a lot of cow’s milk or better yet their own mother’s milk.

Note: Too much iron in the body is bad so only take the right amount of iron which the physician prescribes.

Vitamin B12 – Pernicious anemia is due to the lack of vitamin B12 in the body. This can easily be corrected by taking in vitamin B12 supplements. Great sources of vit B12 can include:

  • Foods enriched with vitamin B12 (veggie burgers and soy-based beverages)
  • Diary products like cheese, yogurt and milk; eggs
  • Meats like fish, poultry, liver and beef
  • Breakfast cereals enriched with vit B12

Folic Acid – Also called folate is one type of vit B that certain foods possess. Since the body needs to constantly replenish itself with new cells after the old and diseased ones have died off, it needs a constant supply of folate.  This specific vitamin is also much needed by pregnant women since it prevents them from developing anemia and enables the fetus to develop normally. Some foods rich in folate include:

  • Orange; orange juice and other types of juices and fruits; bananas
  • Eggs
  • Liver (from beef)
  • Dried beans and black-eyed peas
  • Dark green leafy vegetables like spinach
  • Rice, pasta and bread fortified with folic acid

Vitamin C – This type of vitamin facilitates iron absorption by the body.  Valuable sources of vit C include:

  • Tangerines
  • Grapefruits
  • Oranges
  • All kinds of citrus foods
  • Cantaloupes
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi fruit

Vegetables rich in vit C include:

  • Spinach
  • Turnip greens
  • Potatoes
  • Cabbage
  • Tomatoes
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Peppers
  • Broccoli

Medicines – There are drugs and procedures that actually stimulate your body to produce more red blood cells or to address the root problem of anemia. These drugs and procedures can include:

  • Chelation therapy – This is a treatment to address lead poisoning and is primarily used on children who suffer from iron-deficiency anemia
  • Drugs to restrict the body’s immune system from killing its own red blood cells
  • Synthetic erythropoietin that stimulates the body to create more red blood cells – This synthetic hormone has certain risks but not as severe that outweigh its benefits.
  • Antibiotics – For addressing infections
  • Hormones that prevent severe menstrual bleeding in certain


For severe anemia, the doctor may perform certain clinical procedures like marrow and blood stem cell transplants and blood transfusions.

Marrow and Blood Stem Cell Transplant – This procedure removes problem stem cells in your body and replaces it with healthy ones from a donor. Stem cells mature into platelets, white blood cells and red blood cells and are found in bone marrows. The transplant procedure is similar to a typical blood transfusion but you get stem cells that upon entering the body travel to the bone marrow and immediately start to produce new blood cells.

Blood Transfusion – This is a procedure where new blood is added in your body through intravenous line injected into your veins. This procedure entails getting the right type of your blood from a donor with your same blood type.


Surgery is done on patients suffering from life threatening and severe anemic symptoms. If you have colon cancer or uncontained hemorrhaging, you may need to undergo surgery. Also, if your body is killing a substantial number of red blood cells, you may need surgery to have your spleen extracted.

Alternative Therapy


Acupuncture can be an effective mode of treatment for addressing the underlying cause of anemia.  If the cause of your anemia is due to deficiency in your nutrition, acupuncture can be performed combined with dietary modification to help enhance nutrient absorption by reinforcing and improving the intestine lining. If your anemia is due to hemoglobin or red blood cell inadequacy acupuncture will be utilized to stimulate the bone marrow to increase the production of red blood cells.


Healthy by Nature Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Center
9231 S. IL Rt 31
Lake in the Hills, IL 60156
Phone: 847-658-6004

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November 3rd, 2013 at 2:38 pm

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Allergy – Coping and Support

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Below are some of the tips you can try to help you cope with your allergy symptoms.

New and stronger forms of allergy medication – Antihistamines, which are over-the-counter allergy drugs target common allergy symptoms like itchy eyes and runny nose. Its common side effect, however, is that it makes people drowsy.  Now you can opt for newer forms of antihistamines that effectively ease symptoms but have less or no drowsy side effects to the person. Nasal allergy drugs bought over-the-counter that are quite effective and popular include nasal decongestants and nasal saline rinses. If all of these OTC drugs do not work for you, then seek an appointment with your allergy doctor who can help identify the causes and the seriousness of your allergy. He can recommend immunotherapy for you, which is the use of other stronger medications such as prescription leukotriene inhibitors and nasal corticosteroids and allergy injections. These drugs help lessen symptoms and inflammation.

It’s sometimes hard to avoid allergy triggers especially when it involves nasal allergens and during springtime. You can lessen the likelihood of getting allergy by knowing the pollen count on the news and just staying at home when the pollen count is high.  If you want to go out, mornings can be the best time for you; this is the time of the day when pollen count is at its lowest.  The pollen count is also always low after a downpour so you can also go out immediately right after the rain stops.

Some helpful ways that can help you easily cope with your allergy problem are:

  • Dry, windy days can mean a high pollen count, so during these types of days, just try to stay indoors.
  • After going outside, immediately change your clothes and shower to rid your clothes and your whole body of pollens that might have landed in your clothes and head and body.
  • If you’re not yet going to wash them right away, leave those clothes in the laundry room. Do not bring them with you into your bathroom or bedroom. If you need to do outdoor gardening or any type of outdoor work, work then wearing a mask.
  • Clean you house of allergens – Regular cleaning of the house all year round is a good way to rid your house of allergens like mold and dust mites and help you lessen your allergy symptoms in the process.
  • Sweep, dust and vacuum your house at least once a week. When you vacuum, use a HEPA filter; when you wipe objects, wipe using a microfiber or a damp cloth.
  • To effectively kill dust mites, clean and wash your bedding using hot water boiled to at least 130 degrees. Cover your mattress and pillows with allergen proof covers. Avoid using feather pillows as well as down comforters.
  • If you are using furnace or air filters, use HEPA air filters that are designed for optimal entrapment of allergens.
  • Eliminate all kinds of house molds using a mild bleach solution. Thoroughly clean your bathroom including the liner, shower curtain and toilet mat where molds have developed.
  • Fit an exhaust fan in your bathroom and you can add a dehumidifier in your basement as well.
  • If you can live without indoor plants, then rid yourself of them. The soil of those houseplants can be host to many forms of molds.
  • Keep papers and books in shelf cabinets that are always closed.
  • Minimize pet dander in your home – If you have a pet dog or cat, then you will be always in the presence of allergens – all cats and dogs carry allergens in their dead skin (dander) and even saliva that many people may be allergic to. If you own a pet dog or cat and are allergic to animal dander or saliva, then you need to bathe your pet for a minimum of once a week – more if it’s pollen season and your pet keeps always going outdoors.  Let your bedroom be off-limits to them as well as to upholstered surfaces.


Getting Good Sleep Even with Allergies

It is hard to get a good sleep if you are experiencing nasal allergies. Apart from availing of a treatment and prevention plan, you can opt to use the following tips to get a good satisfying and complete sleep:

Exercising regularly can make you sleep better. It also reduces stress in your mind and body which may have been causing your sleepless nights.

Follow your scheduled bedtime

Do not drink or eat any thing with caffeine on it before going to sleep.

Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.

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November 3rd, 2013 at 2:31 pm

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Allergic Reactions Complications

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One high chance a person with allergies can experience is an allergy complication. Allergy complications can vary from light annoyances to extremely dangerous and deadly situations.  Knowing your allergic reaction symptoms is one important approach towards treatment.

Mild Allergy Complications

A large number of allergy sufferers will show symptoms that are light to moderate. Pollen or pet dander and such types of allergens can be very uncomfortable but the allergic reactions they cause are not life threatening most of the time.  The inflammation of the sinuses (sinusitis) and irritation of the nasal passage (rhinitis) are two of the most common allergy complications experienced by a lot of people today.

Allergic rhinitis can develop all year round (perennial rhinitis) or it can be caused by seasonal allergies according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.  Sufferers of seasonal allergy can blame factors like mold and pollen for their problem. Perennial rhinitis sufferers, on the other hand, have this kind of problem due to indoor allergies. Allergic factors that reside indoors can include dust mites, cockroaches, pet dander and indoor mold.

Some of the allergic rhinitis symptoms are watery eyes, congestion, runny nose and sneezing. Other symptoms one can experience from allergic rhinitis can include itchy ears, eyes, throat, roof of the mouth and nose among others.

One of the most common causes of acute sinusitis is the common cold. Cold and acute sinusitis symptoms usually are experienced during winter time. People without any allergies are less likely to develop acute sinusitis than those with an allergy.

The symptoms of sinusitis may be among others pressure in the face, postnasal drip, gray or green nasal discharge and congestion. Coughing that seems not to go away, fever and headache can likewise be signs of sinusitis.

For those with light allergy complications, treatment can include prescription or over-the-counter drugs and in certain cases allergy shots (immunotherapy). A person exhibiting allergic reaction symptoms but still has no diagnosis for allergy should avail of allergy testing to ascertain the reason for his symptoms.


Hives or urticaria are itchy red and raised welts that develop from allergic reaction to medicine or food and also from an insect bite or sting. This allergic reaction causes a person to break out in hives when he is exposed or comes into contact with allergens causing his body to release histamine. One complication that can arise from hives is a condition called angioedema according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Angioedema is a health issue wherein skin swelling emanates from the skin’s deeper layers. The swelling can result in deformities although the worst thing about this condition is that when the swelling is in the throat, a deadly problem called anaphylaxis can happen.  This possibility should cause patients with hives to avail of medical help immediately. Another very important thing to note is that when a person experiences signs of anaphylaxis, he needs to contact 911 or immediately go to the emergency room.

Proper care should be done if you suffered from an allergy reaction caused by a food, drug or other factors in order to avoid encountering these factors in the future. If you come in for treatment for allergic reaction complications such as hives, you need to let your doctor know of your past experiences with hives to ascertain that you will never be exposed to these allergens ever again. This is particularly important for medication allergies.

Occurring but in rare occasions are hives complications due to exposure to allergens such as chemical irritants, mold spores, dust mites and pet. One of the best treatments for these kinds of breakouts is antihistamine drugs.


Asthma and allergies often go together. In fact, in the United States, one of the most common forms of asthma is allergy asthma. This is due to the fact that individuals experiencing this allergy complication produce antibodies that worsen the light allergy symptoms and can cause inflammation in the airways. Allergy asthma can be a dangerous form of asthma and patients asthma caused by allergic reaction need to bring along an albuterol inhaler everywhere in case their asthma acts up.

Treatment options oriented towards preventing allergy asthma symptoms include allergy shots (immunotherapy) and inhaled corticosteroids like triamcinolone.  Minimizing contact to allergens and addressing allergy symptoms when they develop can greatly lessen asthmatic reactions.


One very serious and potentially lethal allergic reaction complication is anaphylaxis. This condition often happens in an allergic reaction to allergens such as latex, drugs, insect bites or stings or food. Immediate emergency attention is needed to prevent the occurrence of death.


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1607 NE 16th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
Ph: 503-281-0030

Written by Valerie

November 3rd, 2013 at 2:27 pm

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