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Three Myths and Facts About Indoor Allergies

Winter is coming, and that means spending more time indoors. If you have outdoor allergies, you might be thinking that this is the time of year that you get a reprieve. Yet if you have any indoor allergies, those are likely to flare soon as you spend more time indoors. Here are some myths and facts about indoor allergies that you should know.

Myth: Indoor air is cleaner than outdoor air.

The truth behind this myth could be surprising. The indoor environment is 5 to 10 times more polluted than outdoor air. There are a number of allergens that circulate in closed environments. There are also some pollutants that you face such as smoking, cleaning products, and other sprays. The more time you spend indoors with these allergens, the more likely you will be to have a problem.

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Three Types of Pets for People with Pet Allergies

It is natural for people to want a pet to love, cuddle, and play with. Many adults without children would like a pet, and many families would be happier with a pet in the mix. But allergies in adults or children can make getting a pet seem impossible. However, there are still some pets that might work for you. 

Rabbit

If you have a dog or cat allergy, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have an allergy to all pets. You may very well be able to get a rabbit. Rabbits can make great pets. You can groom them and play with them the same way you would a cat, for the most part. A rabbit is also very easy to care for. 

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Three Common Indoor Allergies and How to Treat Them

Now that spring and summer are over and fall is here, it is time to shift your attention from seasonal allergies to indoor allergies. If you have never dealt with allergies before, it is possible that you will have a reaction to some of the indoor allergens that are present in nearly any home. Just as with seasonal allergies, there are treatments available that can decrease your symptoms of indoor allergies. Here are the four most common indoor allergies and how to treat them.

House Dust

House dust is actually comprised of a number of particles, including food particles, fabric particles, and other potential allergens. However, what really makes house dust an allergen is dust mites. Dust mites are tiny arachnids that cannot be seen with the naked eye, and they live in every home regardless of how clean you keep it. If you have an allergy to dust mites, you will likely need to take over-the-counter allergy medication on a daily basis when you are spending more time indoors.

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Three Things You Can Do to Minimize Indoor Allergies

Now that spring and summer are over, you might think that you are going to get relief from your seasonal allergies. However, there are many indoor allergens that can cause allergies during the fall and winter months, and because it is colder, you are spending more time indoors with those allergens, making it more likely that they will affect you. Here are three things you can do to minimize indoor allergies in fall and winter.

Replace Furnace Filters

Your furnace filters catch all types of airborne allergens in its webs, but those same allergens are being sucked back through the furnace and throughout your home through the vents. It is important that you change your furnace filters frequently, at least once a month, to prevent allergens from being circulated back through the air.

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The Difference Between Food Intolerance and Food Allergy

Do you feel ill when you eat a certain food? Many people assume that if a food doesn’t agree with them that they have a food allergy, but there is actually a difference between a food allergy and food intolerance. It is important to understand the difference, as they are treated differently.

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What Is Food Intolerance?

Food intolerance is a condition in which the body’s digestive system rejects a food. A common example of this is lactose intolerance. Many people are unable to eat dairy of any kind due to lactose intolerance, and eating dairy can cause these people to have horrible digestive issues such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. A food intolerance is a nuisance, but it is not life threatening or dangerous to your health. 

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What Are Hives, and How Are They Treated?

If you have ever known people who have allergies, you have probably heard of hives. Hives is a skin reaction that forms raised bumps or welts on the skin. It is usually caused by an allergy. If you ever get hives, it is important to see an allergist to discover what you are allergic to and get treatment. For severe cases of hives, an emergency room visit might be necessary.

Is It An Allergy?

When you get hives, your priority is to discover the cause of those hives so that it can be avoided in the future. Although there are a few other things that can cause hives, the most common culprit is allergies. To discover if you have an allergy, you should see an allergist. They will take a medical history, ask you questions about your lifestyle, and formulate a possible list of allergens. 

Once a list of allergens has been made, the allergist will use patch testing to determine if you have an allergy to them. The allergen is put into a patch that is placed on the skin for 24 hours to discover if there is a skin reaction. A very small amount of the allergen is used for testing, so that the reaction will not be severe.

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What Are Allergy Shots, and How Can They Help?

You may have heard of allergy shots and how they can help “cure” allergies. While allergy shots are not a miracle cure, they can greatly limit, if not eliminate, your allergy symptoms to certain substances over time. Learn more about allergy shots and how they might be able to help you.

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What Are Allergy Shots?

Allergy shots are actually allergen immunotherapy. To understand what an allergy shot is, you must first understand how allergies occur. When the body’s immune system doesn’t recognize a substance and misidentifies it as harmful to the body, it causes an allergic reaction. Allergy shots dose your body’s immune system with the allergen in small doses to build up an immunity, much the same way that vaccines work.

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What to Expect from Allergy Testing

If you have recently developed an allergic reaction and aren’t sure of the cause, allergy testing can help you determine what you are allergic to so that you can get treatment. Allergy testing is also very helpful for younger children, who are more likely to have allergies arise during their development. Learn more here about allergy testing and what you can expect.

What Allergy Testing Is

During allergy testing, your body is exposed to potential allergens and then observed to see if there is an allergic reaction. The testing is done in a small, controlled area to try to prevent severe allergic reactions that might need immediate treatment. The process of allergy testing might seem scary at first because you are being exposed to what you think you are allergic to. However, the process is completely safe when you remain under the supervision of your doctor for the duration of the testing.

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The Difference Between Food Allergy and Food Intolerance

Being limited in what you can eat can be troublesome, but it is important to understand whether you need to restrict your diet due to a food allergy or food intolerance. The two conditions are very different, although many people think that they are the same. In fact, they are caused by different problems and have different symptoms.

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What Is a Food Allergy?

Anytime your body develops an allergy to food or another substance, it is because the immune system has made a mistake. Often people will not have an allergic reaction the first time they encounter a food. It is the second or third time that they encounter the food that they have their first reaction. 

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3 Ways Eczema Affects Your Child’s Life

Eczema may just seem like an annoyance, but it affects many children each year. The ways that eczema affects your child may not be apparent at first. It is important that you seek treatment for your child’s eczema so that your child will be safe, healthy, and happy. Here are some of the ways that eczema affects your child’s life that you may not have considered.

Poor Grades

Many children with untreated eczema have poor grades in school. The itchiness and discomfort of the eczema rash can make them fidgety and distracted. This can cause them to act out in class and be disciplined for disrupting the class when really they just cannot sit still. It can also lead to them missing important information for assignments or failing to grasp new concepts.

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