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What Causes Asthma

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Asthma is a common respiratory infection and is often long-term. It is associated with recurring inflammatory characteristics such as bronchospasm and reversible airflow obstruction.

The symptoms one may experience include coughing, wheezing, breath shortness and chest tightness. These signs are bound to change depending on the person’s immunity, or the exercise one is undertaking.

Causes of asthma

Asthma is brought about by the effect of a combination of many factors. The factors include interactions that are genetically and environmentally instigated. The effect of the above factors often go along away in influencing the sensitivity and rigorousness of asthma to treatment.

Recent scientific research affirms that asthma cases are on the rise due to the changing environmental conditions. Further genetics study reveal that, while asthma is almost spread among the ages, it is most likely that onset before the age of twelve is likely to be caused by genetic influence while contracting asthma after the age of thirteen would be environment-influenced.

Environmental causes

There is a myriad of such factors that can actually lead to the development and exacerbation of this respiratory infection. They include to mention but a few,

  • Air pollution, allergens that cause allergies and exposure to hazardous environmental chemicals.
  • Expectant mothers are advised to restrain from smoking as this impends a high risk of asthma.
  • Other factors such as traffic pollution could cause emission of dangerous gasses to the open air; this could be a major cause of asthma development and severity.
  • This has been mostly the case in the US, as nearly half of the children who have asthma are from areas with air quality below standard.
  • Organic compounds that are volatile may prompt asthma especially if one exposes themselves to the compounds for long hours. They include phthalates, formaldehyde and some types of PVC.
  • One more common factor is contact with indoor allergens. There are many indoor allergens, and common ones include animal dander, cockroaches, and dust mites.
  • A few viral respiratory diseases may increase the risk of contracting asthma, one of them was found to be respiratory syncytial virus.

Genetic causes

As seen above, genetics also plays a major role in contracting asthma.One sure cause of asthma-related to the above subtopic is family history with an innumerably different of genes being concerned. In case a twin is affected there is a chance of up to about 25% of the other contracting asthma. By 2006, twenty different gene types had been associated with asthma in at least six different populations. A good number of these genes are connected to the immune system or inflammation. However, results have not been consistent in the various tested populations.

In 2006, a study on genetic association associates over 100 genes with asthma. In other cases, genetic variants are found to cause asthma only when in combination with other environmental exposures. A good example would be single nucleotide polymorphism found in the region of CD14 and exposure to a bacterial product named endotoxin. Exposure to the latter may come from numerous factors related to the environment that include tobacco smoke, animals such as dogs and sometimes even cats. It could be concluded then that risk of asthma is contributed by both ones genetic composition and a given level of exposure to endotoxin.

 

 

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Prevent Food Allergies

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There are a range of allergies, and food allergy falls among them. A food allergy is described as an abnormal response to the food eaten at that given time. Not all allergies are identical, as their indications maybe be minor or other times severe.

Symptoms of food allergies

The major symptoms of allergies may include among others the following:

  • low blood pressure
  • itchiness
  • diarrhea
  • itchiness

Most of the time it varies from different people. Some react within minutes, and others react within a couple of hours after exposure. However, when the condition is severe, it is referred to, as anaphylaxis.

Methods of preventing food allergies

You can curb food allergies through the following ways:

Keep away from trigger foods

It is also advisable to do away with trigger foods from the kitchen counters. Due to the fact that certain types of foods may cause allergy, keeping them around in the kitchen maybe lure one to consume the food, either intentionally or otherwise hence leading to allergic reactions. Exercising this may greatly reduce your risk of consuming allergic foods. Some of the most known foods to cause allergies include:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Soy
  • Wheat
  • Peanuts

Be keen on ingredients

Another useful precaution is to throw away any food products that you are not certain of the ingredients. Always keep it a practice to read food labels as possible as you can. This requires you first to identify the ingredients that often cause allergic reactions and avoid foods with such contents. Most developed countries require manufacturers to label their food containers with the top ten allergenic foods on food containers. Most allergens have code names for allergens an example is lactose, whey or rennet casein for milk.

Let your baby suckle

Medical experts advise that a mother should breastfeed her infant for at least 4 months of age, this helps in preventing allergies such as cow’s milk allergy, wheezing and atopic dermatitis.

Replace your stock with trigger free food stuff or their alternatives

Removing your favorite foods because of allergy maybe not be an easy thing to do but alternatively, you can keep your pantry full of alternative foods thus minimizing the risk of consuming food with allergic content. In case you are in an environment around those who freely consume your trigger foods, you might want to consider storing your food separately.

Other times it causes no harm to walk around in stores to check for products specifically for folks with allergies, this may be a good idea because many manufacturers are considering that trend.

Limit cross contamination

In many typical homes, it is not so accidental to get into contact with trigger foods through cross contamination. This, however, can be prevented by being on the look lout on what you bring home and how you store and even cook it. Some precautions may include; using different utensils from others, owning your own cooking appliances such blenders and lastly cleaning your hands properly before handling any food stuff.

Put down your meal plans

If you constantly prepare your meal yourself, at a personal level, you stand a chance of reducing the risk of consuming trigger food. This also goes a long way in ensuring you get the right amounts of required vitamins and keep fit. This can occasionally be, maybe once a week. Take keen notice on meals you often miss at home. If you get to a restaurant, it is advisable to check the menu first.

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What Triggers Asthma

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Living with asthma is manageable. But to understand how to live with it, you need to understand what can trigger it. Here’s a look at some of the things that can trigger asthma.

Allergies

While allergies manifest themselves in different ways, some allergic reactions cause asthma. The list of allergens that can trigger asthma is a long one. Dust mites, rodents, and pet dander are common household allergens. An often overlooked cause allergy is household mold. It can hide in your air vents and trigger a reaction.

There can be outdoor allergens as well. In the spring, pollen may irritate you and cause asthma. There are various types of pollen, and one pollen may cause asthma while another doesn’t bother you.

Respiratory Issues

If you’re not usually prone to asthma, you may experience it as a result of a respiratory illness. One of the symptoms of pneumonia and the flu is asthma. Other illnesses that can trigger it include a cold, sinus infection, and sore throat. While these respiratory issues can cause asthma in an adult, they most often do so in children.

 Airborne Irritants

These irritants are different from allergens because their presence doesn’t cause an allergic reaction. Instead, they make your airways swollen and more narrow. As a result, they trigger asthma.

These irritants include cigarette smoke, smoke from a fire, dust, chemicals, and strong fumes. Different people have different sensitivities to these irritants. So, what triggers asthma in one person may do nothing in another.

Exercise

When you exercise, your body fuels the work with Oxygen. And that means that you breathe harder. In some people, this causes asthma. Known as exercise-induced bronchocontsriction, this type of asthma is only triggered during exercise.

Exercise-induced bronchoconstritction doesn’t usually show up the second you start to exercise. It takes a few minutes for the asthma to kick in. Fortunately, it is manageable with medication.

Weather

The weather can have a direct affect on asthma. Cold air can trigger an attack, as well as dry wind. Sometimes, a seasonal weather change can effect asthma. Additionally, people with exercise-induced bronchoconstriction usually have more asthma attacks when they exercise in cold weather.

Strong Emotions

When you experience a strong emotion, your breathing changes. Anger, excitement, and fear can all trigger asthma. Some of the actions you take while experiencing these emotions (like yelling, laughing, and crying) can also trigger it.

Reflux

People who suffer from reflux may experience asthma as a direct effect of reflux. There are other medical issues that can have similar results.

Medicine

Some people are sensitive to aspirin and NSAIDs. Taking them can trigger asthma if you have a sensitivity. Taking beta blockers may make it harder for your to control your asthma.

Knowing Your Triggers

If you know what triggers your asthma, you may be able to prevent an attack. It can also help you and your doctor establish a treatment plan. The next time you have an asthma attack, consider which of these triggers may have been the culprit.

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National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

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The AAFA Agenda

Every year in the Month of May the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America or AAFA pushes their agenda towards increasing public awareness of Asthma and Allergies.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a scary, chronic lung disease where the tiny airways in the lungs become narrowed, blocked, and inflamed. These airways swell and become highly sensitive.

When this happens, you experience wheezing when breathing. You become short of breath and feel tightness in your chest. Your coughing may increase due to mucus buildup that is thick and sticky. Asthmatics experience more symptoms during the night or early morning hours. There is no cure.

Any race, male or female, from infants to seniors can have asthma, and there are currently upwards of 25 million people who have chronic asthma.

What Causes Asthmatic Episodes?

Usually, inhaled substances of which the person is allergic to can cause an asthma attack or exacerbation of an asthma condition. Some of these substances can include,

  • Pet hair and pet dander
  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Mildew
  • Grass
  • Pollens
  • Flowers
  • Allergy to a particular food
  • Rubber
  • Plastic
  • Latex
  • Fumes
  • Air pollutants such as smoke

Asthma symptoms can also increase due to excessive exercise, stressful situations, episodic health conditions such as bronchitis, pneumonia, or a cold.

Control and Maintain Asthma because if you do not, your asthma can become something more serious such as COPD or Emphysema. It is important to take all medications as prescribed and follow your doctor’s orders.

There is no cure for asthma; you must learn how to manage your condition by,

  • Taking prescribed medications
  • Eating well-balanced, healthy meals and snacks
  • Staying away from those who are ill with a cold or the flu
  • Getting adequate rest
  • Devising an exercise plan individualized for you
  • Avoiding drafts and severe cold weather

The difference between COPD and Emphysema is that they are not curable and they continue to become worse ending in death.

Technology at Work

Researchers are working toward new and improved methods to control asthma. May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and the focus is new and improved medications, ways to live with Asthma, programs for asthmatics, awareness campaigns, and projects to bring asthma to light for those who are in the know and those who have no idea what asthma is and how asthma impacts your life.

May is the season that peaks for people who suffer from asthma and allergies. The month of May proves to be the best time of year to educate you, your family, and your friends about this chronic, life-threatening disease, because the numbers of allergy and asthma suffers are climbing every year to staggering numbers.

Yes, you can die from a severe asthma attack, however, in this day and age, asthma is highly controllable and maintained to the point that you can live your life normally without signs and symptoms of asthma interfering and taking the joy from your life.

Become Proactive in Combating Asthma and Allergies

Access the AAFA website for how you can help during the month of May, Asthma, and Allergy Awareness Month and bring the message from the AAFA, especially during the month of May that there is help for those who have Asthma. Learn how you can fight this chronic disease, and its causes and help others who have this chronic respiratory illness.

If you have asthma, it does not have to progress to COPD or emphysema if you properly maintain your respiratory system. Learn new approaches for your lung health through educational tools the AAFA provides to asthmatics, programs, educational material, online resources, informational newsletters, magazines, and outreach resources.

 

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Food Allergy Action Month

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Making You Aware of Food Allergies

May 14th – 20th is Food Allergy Action Month. May is the time of the year to make you aware of food allergies and the dangers of how anaphylaxis can impact your life.

Food allergies usually start in childhood, but you can eat a food item all your life and all of a sudden become allergic to this food.

Food Allergy Action Month is here to contribute to making you aware of the many different forms of allergens contained in your food sources. Food allergies are a serious matter, new information is available.

It is not only a particular food that may cause you allergic reactions when you eat it, but maybe one of the many ingredients that producers use in the growing and production of the food before it reaches your grocery store and your table that makes you allergic.

Food and Ingredients in Foods

While you may indeed be allergic to a particular food, in actuality the allergy may be an ingredient within that food source.

Your allergy to foods and any ingredient put into the food is a challenge for you and your doctor to discover. Food Allergy Action Month is here to make you more aware.

Knowledge and education give you an element of power to stay healthy and away from troublesome allergens and helps you manage your food allergies more effectively.

Who is at Risk for Food Allergies?

Food allergies affect all age levels, male or female, from newborn babies to the oldest senior, and cross the bounds of all races.

Whether you are newly diagnosed with food allergies or have been fighting food allergies all of your life, there is always new information on the horizon and things you may not know.

Allergy Action Month is here to educate and inform all people about food allergies, such as,

  • Parents
  • Children
  • Teenagers
  • Students on all levels
  • Adults
  • The medical community
  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Employers
  • Restaurants
  • Food manufacturers

One True Story

Did you know that one in 13 children has a food allergy, or is it an ingredient in the food, such as an additive or preservative? Determining this allergy takes time and patience and is well worth the research.

One day parents took to their six year old son to the emergency room due to serious itching and hives. Due to the misery, this child was experiencing the doctor admitted him to the pediatric unit.

The doctor met with the parents who said that the only thing their child was allergic to was aspirin and they did not keep this in their home.

It was a day after the Easter holiday when the child became ill. After much talking and research, the doctor found that the child received his Easter basket with a well known favorite yellow brand of candy, common at Easter time.

The doctor told the parents that this yellow candy had yellow food dye and yellow food dye had the same components as aspirin! Who would have thought about this or known?

According to the food allergy organization, more than 200,000 people end up in the emergency room every year due to severe food allergies.

Common Food Allergies

Some common foods do cause severe allergic reactions to people, this is not an ingredient, but the food itself and they are,

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Shellfish
  • Fish
  • Wheat
  • Sesame

Many people are allergic to an additive or preservative put into the food such as MSG.

You can take action and become involved with educational initiatives such as upcoming seminars, training programs, conferences, summits, support groups, and Internet webinars.

 

 

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What is Pollen?

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If you’ve ever seen acorns scattered about a residential lawn – or countryside, for that matter – as the fall seasons approaches, then you intuitively know what pollen is. Much like trees cast off these acorns so that they can perhaps grow into trees later on down the line, many plants, weeds and grasses cast off pollen in order to reproduce. The grains are usually very small – microscopic, in fact – and so are carried great distances on a springtime breeze.

How Does Pollen Affect People?

The primary mechanism by which pollen in its natural state affects people is the size of the individual grains. Some trees cast off large grains of pollen that are sticky (usually, these are fruit-bearing trees), and these don’t generally cause allergic reactions. The large size restricts the ability of the wind to carry them far, and the stickiness tends to keep them rooted to the ground or other surface objects.

The microscopic grains of pollen are the troublemakers for many humans; the breeze can carry them quite some distance from the progenitor, and they can get inside your body through your mouth and nose. Once inside, your immune system treats the pollen as an invasion and marshals a response to it. This is precisely what most allergies are; the following are the resulting symptoms of your body’s defense:

  • Sneezing may be one of the most common causes to breathing in the fine powder that comprises pollen
  • Runny or stuffy nose – general nasal congestion
  • Watery eyes
  • An allergic response can trigger a decrease in your ability to taste and smell food
  • Sinus pressure
  • Asthmatic reactions
  • Hay fever
  • Allergic rhinitis

Allergies to pollen can’t be cured – and the reason why makes sense when you think about it. After all, your body is actually trying to protect you from an alien invasion of very fine pollen grains. The origin is the immune system, itself, and it is conducting what would ordinarily be its most useful service. It simply doesn’t recognize that pollen is generally harmless; it simply “knows” that it shouldn’t be in your body and so takes steps to defend against it.

How Can You Fight Pollen-Induced Allergies?

Most health professionals agree that avoidance is the best measure when feasible. Plants such as ragweed, oak pollen and grass pollen are trying fertilize at the same time every year – sometime around late spring and very early fall.

There are national broadcasts detailing days when you can expect high pollen counts; usually, the fine powder is in the air in the early to late morning hours. If you can avoid it, or protect your nose and mouth, then this will significantly reduce the chances that you trigger an immune response. Dry, windy days are when people who are susceptible to pollen allergies should try to stay indoors as much as possible. Invest in a dust mask if you must go outside, and make sure to close windows and doors to avoid letting in insects that carry pollen grains.

If you are beset by allergy symptoms, then you can always see a doctor. Most are well aware of the range of allergens, and can refer you to a specialist if needed. Over-the-counter antihistamines work adequately well for many people, as well as decongestants to provide relief for symptoms. There are home remedies to help you avoid pollen altogether, such as HEPA filters, dehumidifiers and air conditioning. An allergy shot is always an option as the season for plant fertilization nears; these tend to do a great job of dampening your immune response to pollen.

 

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Different Types of Pollen

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As we roll into spring and then the summer months (they’ll be here before you know it), the presence of pollen in the air starts to become a concern for millions of Americans. In fact, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (the AAFA), about 18 million adults and 7 million kids will be affected each year by dust and pollen. It is helpful to know what kind of pollen is in the atmosphere, and the sources from which they derive.

Grass – Ryegrass Pollen

Even if you didn’t know the name before now, if you’ve ever been to a rural area where farmland is abundant and the vegetation is lush, then you’ve likely seen the tall green stalks of ryegrass. Although there are ryegrass extracts that are marketed to help with noncancerous enlarged prostate glands, the natural pollen can cause allergic reactions in those susceptible to it.

Grass – Timothy Grass Pollen

This pollen derives as the offshoot of a grass that grows up to four feet tall. The spores are especially small, and you may inhale them without knowing it – only to be beset by a mild to serious allergic reaction later in the day. Allergy season for Timothy grass pollen generally starts in June and ends a month later.

Tree Pollen

Tree Pollen is of a wide variety, and includes Willow, Hazelnut, Cedar, Hornbeam, Birch, Alder, Olive and more. Early spring is the harbinger, which is around very late March. Usually the dust is even smaller than grass pollen, and so can be carried very far on the wind. An interesting fact is that trees that bear flowers tend to have larger pollen grains, which don’t trigger allergies nearly as much since they can’t easily be carried on the wind.

The closer you live to tress such as Cottonwood or Elm, the more likely you could be subject to allergies caused by their airborne pollen. The good news is that there are alerts as when the pollen count is high, and all you have to do is avoid being outside unprotected during those times (as well as keeping your windows and doors shut). Also – avoid eating the fruits from such trees, as they can trigger your propensity to getting an allergic reaction from the pollen.

Weed Pollen

Weeds are plants that pollinate, too, and the some of the ones to watch out for are Ragweed, Sorrel, Mugwort, Goosefoot and Nettle weeds.

In particular, Mugwort weed releases very allergenic pollen that derives from a 6-foot tall plant in North America, Asia and Europe. You’ll find it in rural areas and places where the terrain is rough; where a hardy plant is required in order to survive. In North America, pollen season for Mugwort is from late summer to early fall – not very long. However, it is known to cause oral allergy syndrome and hay fever.

Nettle actually comes in a large variety of weeds; all of which generally possess small spikes. There’s the Stinging Nettle, Dwarf Nettle, California Nettle and Dog Nettle as examples. Strangely enough, nettle leaves can also be used to help relieve allergies when made as a tea – it has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. In its pure form, however, the pollen it releases can cause you to sneeze all summer long.

For the most part, the types of pollen that exist are covered in the general categories of trees, grass and weed. They all have the potential to react negatively with your immune system, which treats it as a foreign object and engages an immune response.

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Understanding Allergic Conjunctivitis

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What is Allergic Conjunctivitis?

Most people suffer from allergic conjunctivitis when their eyes are exposed to foreign substances such as pollen or mold spores, their eyes become itchy, red and watery. These are the most common symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis.

The outer layer of your eyeballs and the inside of your eyelids have a membrane called conjunctiva which is susceptible to inflammation caused by allergens, especially during the hay fever season. This condition is quite common as it is your body’s natural reaction to foreign substances that may be potentially harmful.

What are the Types of Allergic Conjunctivitis?

There are basically two types of allergic conjunctivitis;

  • Acute allergic conjunctivitis- this is the more common of the two and is generally seasonal. Unique symptoms found in acute allergic conjunctivitis are runny nose, itchy eyes and/or swollen eyelids.
  • Chronic allergic conjunctivitis- this condition might be less common but occurs all year round and is triggered by things such as dust, food or animal dander. Symptoms of chronic allergic conjunctivitis are itchy eyes and burning while some people experience light sensitivity.

What are the Common Causes of Allergic Conjunctivitis?

Your body will naturally react to foreign and potentially harmful objects. The body releases histamine which is a chemical that is used to fight off any foreign substance. This reaction is what causes allergic conjunctivitis.

Some of the most common substances that cause this reaction are;

  • Mold spores
  • Chemical scents from detergents
  • Animal dander
  • Dust
  • Pollen from trees and flowers
  • Certain medication when it comes into eye contact

People who already suffer from other types of allergies are more prone to develop allergic conjunctivitis over time. However, this condition usually affects children and young adults. If you already have allergies, consider living in a location with low pollen count so as to reduce the risk of acquiring allergic conjunctivitis.

Diagnosis of Allergic Conjunctivitis

  • The first step is to always see a doctor. By examining your eyes and looking at your allergy history, they can easily diagnose the disease. Allergic conjunctivitis are characterized by redness in the white area of the eye and bumps on the inside of the eyelid. Some of these symptoms are invisible to the naked eye, but the doctor will use specialized tools to magnify the eyes.
  • There are additional tests that the doctor may be required to carry out to determine what your body is reacting to and this could mean exposure of the skin to specific allergens.
  • A blood test may also be necessary to determine whether your body is producing the appropriate anti-bodies to protect itself from specific allergens.
  • A scraping of your conjunctiva tissue so as to evaluate your white blood cells can also be done.

How is allergic conjunctivitis treated?

Treatment usually involves a combination of preventative measures to minimize exposure to allergens and activities to ease the symptoms;

  • Cleaning the house and ensuring it is dust free
  • Using an indoor air purifier
  • Closing the windows when the pollen count is high
  • Reducing exposure to harsh chemicals, perfumes and dyes

To ease the symptoms avoid rubbing your eyes as that makes it even itchier. A cool compress applied to the eyes helps in reducing the inflammation.

Medications

In more severe cases, the doctor may prescribe the following;

  • Anti-inflammation eye drops
  • Steroid eye drops
  • Eye drops that shrink congested blood vessels
  • Oral antihistamine to reduce the histamine that is responsible for the inflammation.
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Genetic Pathway to Allergies?

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An allergy is defined as a condition where the immune system reacts abnormally to a foreign substance. There are many different types of allergies. These include:

  • Medications
  • Food
  • Pollen
  • Latex
  • Animal Dander
  • Mold

The Genetic Risk

The tendency to develop allergies is genetic, therefore, they are hereditary, which means they are passed down from parent to child. However, this does not happen 100% of the time. Just because you or your spouse may have allergies doesn’t mean your child will definitely inherit them. For example, while approximately 17.6 million adults have been diagnosed with hay fever, less than half of that number of children, 6.6 million, have inherited the same allergy.

Additionally, children do not inherit a particular allergy, rather they inherit the tendency to develop them. For example, a parent may be allergic to pollen and develop hay fever, while their child may be allergic to chocolate and develop atopic eczema or dermatitis. Conversely, some children develop allergies when no known family member has them. Chances are if you are allergic to one substance, you are likely to be allergic to others.

Developing allergies because of your genetic links is known as atopic. While over half the children from atopic families will develop allergies, only one in five from unaffected families will be diagnosed. In families where both parents have allergies, this risk of their children inheriting them is slightly higher. If only one parent has been diagnosed, that risk decreases, however, it is important to note that if the mother has allergies, there is a slightly greater chance her children will develop them than if the father does.

The Allergic March

An allergy often follows a particular pattern where it is diagnosed in infancy through the toddler stage and into childhood, sometimes persisting into adulthood when a lifelong condition is diagnosed. When one allergic disease subsides and another takes its place, it is called the Allergic March. A common pattern is when atopic eczema leads to a food allergy, then asthma, and finally rhinitis. Some children, instead of experiencing the Allergic March, will experience a cumulative effect, meaning that one allergy does not replace another; it just gets added onto what they already have. Keep in mind, however, that all children are different; some may simply develop one allergy for life, instead of experiencing the Allergic March or a cumulative effect.

Common Allergens

Unfortunately, there are many allergens out there. The most common types are airborne and food. Some airborne allergies include:

  • Pollen
  • Dust Mites
  • Mold
  • Pets
  • Cockroaches

Food allergies include:

  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Peanuts and tree nuts
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Cow’s milk.

Other common allergens include:

  • Insects, such as a bee sting
  • Chemicals
  • Medications

There are also cross-reactions and cross contamination. Cross-reactions happen when someone who has an allergy to one thing, has a reaction to another. For example, someone who is allergic to birch tree pollen might react to eating an apple if it contains a protein similar to one in the pollen. Another example is that people who are allergic to latex often react to bananas, avocados, chestnuts, and kiwi.

Cross contamination happens when you come in contact with a substance you are not allergic to, but it was processed with something you are during production or packaging. It can also happen at restaurants or even at home when the same utensils or surfaces are used for more than one type of food.

While genetics is not the sole cause of allergies, it has been proven that many allergies are hereditary, so you should be evaluated if you have a family history.

 

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Difference Between Rash and Eczema

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Eczema,is a reaction to an external or internal allergen stimulus. There are listed, according to the Eczema Association at least eight various kinds of eczema, and each type of eczema warrants a different healing option.

Understanding Eczema

Eczema considered chronic and long-term forms red, scaly, itchy patches on the skin that can range from mild to more severe.

The itching that develops can cause eczema can get so severe that the areas start to bleed. Intense skin scratching, in turn, places you at risk for secondary skin infections.

Eczema develops anywhere on the body, such as the face, arms, neck, legs, and chest. Symptoms vary from person to person. Eczema is migratory and frequently does not attack the same part of your body.

Eczema at its worse looks bad to other people to the point that people think you have a condition that they can catch. Eczema is not a contagious disease, but puts you in a heartbreaking dilemma.

Eczema is found to be hereditary or stems from an allergic reaction to some substance, and your doctor determines which type of eczema is bothering you, what triggers your eczema, and what healing methods are best to eliminate your eczema problem.

Eczema is a common problem in today’s society with many people like you trying to conquer its effects.There are no medical options that eliminate eczema in its entirety, so the goal is to manage this disease and keep it at bay.

Once a baby is said to have eczema, the chances are that this condition follows them as they grow and remains with them into the adult years. You do not have to have eczema as a child to develop it in your adult years.

If you experience any or maybe all of the following symptoms, you may be dealing eczema. Your doctor must determine which type and what health care options to use.

  • Patches of red skin
  • Skin that is dry and sensitive to touch
  • Notices dark patches of skin
  • Skin areas take on a rough, scaly look
  • You rusting on the top outer layer of skin
  • Have areas of swelling

Eczema is hard to deal with because when you think you have eliminated this condition it flare-ups once again.

Rash

You can develop a rash from an unlimited number of sources such as the environment, medication, cleaning supplies, stress, heat, cold, fevers, pet hair, food sources, and more.

Sometimes you may develop a rash without any indication of why or how the rash developed. In all instances, you just have to wait for it to disappear. No one can catch a rash from you.

A rash, not considered a chronic condition is short-term. General signs and symptoms include changes to the skin in color, appearance, or texture.

A rash can develop any place on the body at any time. A rash stems from your skin coming in contact with an external allergen or when you ingest something causing an allergic reaction, such as a drug or food you know you have an allergy. You have a rash if you notice,

  • Changes in skin color
  • Warmth to the area
  • Bumpy areas or hives
  • Chapped skin
  • Dry, cracked skin
  • Blistered skin

Types of rashes are extensive and varied. You may know what caused your rash, such as, you are allergic to fish and you eat fish, or you have a fever of over 101 degrees, or you were in the sun too long. Certain conditions cause rashes such as the chickenpox and measles.

There are over-the-counter preparations to eliminate itchy skin such as antihistamine pills like Benadryl and itch-relieving creams.

 

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