A Beginner’s Guide to Asthma

Nearly 25 million Americans suffer from asthma, a chronic disease that causes the airways to become inflamed and obstruct breathing. Though there is no cure for asthma, proper diagnosis and treatment can help you live a normal, active life with your condition. Get started with the basic information here, then call an allergy specialist to begin your own recovery process.

What Is Asthma, and Do You Have It?

Asthma is a medical condition that causes the airways to become narrow, swell, and produce extra mucus. These three simultaneous changes make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Asthma impacts patients differently; some only consider in a minor nuisance, while others struggle to complete simple daily activities. Continue reading “A Beginner’s Guide to Asthma”

What Kind of Allergy is Causing Your Suffering?

It’s common to hear someone sniffle, sneeze, and mutter, “Ugh, allergies,” but the term allergy is actually a broad umbrella term. It isn’t just seasonal allergies, but a number of ways the body may be rejecting outside elements. Taking an antihistamine might provide temporary relief, but the only way to permanently resolve your allergy symptoms is to determine the root cause of your allergies and seek professional help from an allergy specialist.

Food Allergies

About 5 percent of the population suffers from a legitimate food allergy, while others are simply sensitive to certain foods. A true food allergy can develop at any age when the body’s immune system overreacts and identifies an otherwise safe food as a danger and stimulates a response to fight the “dangerous” food away. Continue reading “What Kind of Allergy is Causing Your Suffering?”

Is Bacteria The Trick to Treating Eczema?

Eczema has long been the enigma of the skin and allergy world. Those who suffer from eczema don’t always know why, and products and treatments don’t always deliver results. Until now! According to recent research by Dr. Ian Myles, it is possible to use the power of healthy, helpful bacteria living naturally on the skin to treat eczema. Here is everything you should know about this groundbreaking discovery.

Why Does Eczema Develop?

Eczema is considered an inflammatory skin condition that causes the skin to become dry, itchy, red, and even scaly. It occurs because the skin does not have the fats and oils needed to self-moisturize and sustain a protective barrier. Without that barrier, harmful bacteria can easily cause reactions in the skin that lead to the signature redness, cracking, and scaling.

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Essential Oils Can Help You Fight Allergy Symptoms

Allergy symptoms can ruin any great day, but the good news is that you have plenty of options to reduce your suffering! Essential oils have become a favorite go-to treatment for allergy sufferers, and for good reason! Essential oils contain potent anti-inflammatory properties that can help your body fight histamines and keep symptoms at bay. Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon, and Roman Chamomile should be added to your arsenal to provide quick relief.

Lavender Does It All

Lavender is a household staple for countless reasons, including respiratory and skin allergies. The irresistible aroma of Lavender doesn’t hurt either! All you need to do is inhale Lavender to enjoy its benefits, which you can do using a diffuser or spraying onto your pillow case.

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Could Your Pet Be Contributing to Your Child’s Eczema?

It’s common to experience dry and itchy skin, especially during the winter months, but eczema is a skin condition on an entirely different level. Eczema presents itself in the form of red, scaly, and patchy skin that can even bleed and crust over in serious cases. It can impact anyone at any age, but children are the most common sufferers of eczema.

While eczema occurs when the skin lacks its normal fats and oils, there are many different triggers that can lead to the condition showing on the skin. Some parents have noticed that their child’s eczema seems correlated to the pets in their home. Is it possible that a pet allergy could be the culprit of your own son’s or daughter’s eczema? Continue reading “Could Your Pet Be Contributing to Your Child’s Eczema?”

Recognizing and Treating Anaphylaxis

Those who live free from allergies may not understand or recognize anaphylaxis, but individuals and families who have come face-to-face with the dangers of severe allergies understand that anaphylaxis must be meticulously prevented and immediately handled. By recognizing and treating anaphylaxis with an experienced and familiar touch, you can even save a life.

What Is Anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic response that is unique from all other allergic reactions. Instead of simply affecting one body system or resulting in non-life-threatening symptoms, anaphylaxis influences more than one body system and can be fatal if not treated immediately.

There is no one specific trigger for anaphylaxis; it can occur in anyone who has a significant allergy to an allergen. Some people are at risk of anaphylaxis from a bee sting or latex, others from medications or foods. This is why it is so essential that all children and adults undergo allergy testing to understand the dangers around them! Continue reading “Recognizing and Treating Anaphylaxis”

How to Handle Your Eczema

Eczema is a common skin condition, but it’s also one that is challenging to treat. The good news is that you don’t have to let that red, scaly, patchy skin define your appearance. With the right treatment guided by a professional allergist, you can reduce the signs of your eczema and reclaim clear, healthy skin.

A Quick Introduction to Eczema

Eczema is a skin condition that develops when your skin lacks the normal amounts of fats and oils needed to automatically self-moisturize. When your skin has trouble retaining water, fats and oils, it loses its protective barrier and becomes vulnerable to harmful bacteria that are known to breakdown the skin. Even seemingly safe products like soap can harm the skin without its natural barrier in place. Continue reading “How to Handle Your Eczema”

Why Are Your Allergies So Bad in the Spring?

Just when you think you have finally escaped the dangers of the flu during the winter, spring arrives with its onslaught of allergy triggers. As itchy eyes, sneezing, and congestion threaten to ruin the next few months of your life, it is important to understand why your allergies are so terrible in the spring so that you can seek relief in the most effective way possible.

Why Do Seasonal Allergies Form?

There are certain times of the year, usually spring and fall, when outdoor molds release spores while plants like weeds, grasses, and trees release pollen particles into the air. This is a natural and important component of a healthy ecosystem, but it unfortunately causes the immune systems of people with allergies to treat the mold spores and pollen particles‒called allergens‒as foreign invaders in the body. Continue reading “Why Are Your Allergies So Bad in the Spring?”

Can Allergy Shots Bring You the Relief You Need?

allergy relief floridaWe can all agree that allergies are frustrating, exhausting, and bothersome. They intrude on your daily life and minimize how much you can enjoy your favorite activities. Though allergies can’t often be “cured” like a disease, they can be prevented with the right medication. If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired during allergy season, allergy shots can help.

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The 3 Most Common Food Allergies

food allergiesAllergies are most commonly associated with pollen and mold, especially in the spring and fall, but food allergies also present significant problems for children and adults alike. While some food allergies are mild and only cause a few hives, others are so severe that they can lead to anaphylactic shock.

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