Allergy Medical Information
We have compiled valuable information from medical professionals on many different types of allergies. Not only will you learn about the latest research on these allergies, but you will also be given some helpful tips on how to avoid allergic reactions. If you have medical information that you'd like to share, you can post it on our Medical Treatment and Medication forum.
Outdoor air pollution is a concern of many Americans, especially those with respiratory diseases like allergies and asthma.
Furry pets are much-loved members of many households. Over one half of homes (about 25 million) in the United States have a cat and/or dog, accounting for over 100 million pets. Unfortunately, about five to ten percent of Americans are allergic to pets.
Hives, or Urticaria can affect approximately 20% of Americans at some time in their lives. Learn more about the cause, symptoms, and how to treat and control this condition.
House dust contains a variety of materials including fabric fiber, human skin scales, animal dander, bacteria, insect parts, mold spores, food particles, as well as other synthetic and organic material and dust mite. Of all the components of house dust, the house dust mite is the most important, causing the most problem to allergy sufferers.
Atopic dermatistis or eczema, is a drying condition of the skin which results in intense itching and scratching, scaling of skin, and sometimes infection. It often begins as an itching red rash which when scratched, results in the spread of further irritation.
Individuals with egg-sensitivity require that all egg proteins and egg yolk be removed from their diets. Learn the types of foods that may contain eggs and what are appropriate substitutes.
Individuals with fish allergy are generally advised to avoid all species of fish unless a specific species has been tested and can be tolerated by the individual. Fish, however, does provide niacin, phosphorus, selenium, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin E and protein. Alternative sources of these nutrients include meat, grains, legumes and oil.
In recent years, there has been a marked increase in the incidence of allergic reactions to natural latex (rubber) products. These allergic reactions may occur with direct contact (skin or mucous membranes) with latex materials or with inhalation of airborne latex particles.
The only way to avoid symptoms of a milk allergic reaction is to practice strict dietary avoidance. Because sensitive individuals have reacted to very minute fractions of milk, avoidance requires a thorough knowledge of food labels to avoid eating ordinarily obscure or hidden milk proteins.
These maneuvers will help hayfever and asthma symptoms in mold sensitive individuals in areas that support mold growth in the home.
There are many individuals with seasonal hayfever symptoms (itchy eye and nose, sneezing and nasal congestion) who may also experience allergic symptoms in and around the mouth after eating certain foods.
The diet avoidance therapy for peanut-allergic individuals usually includes avoiding all forms of peanuts as well as tree-nuts. As many as 50% of patients allergic to peanuts will also have allergic reactions to tree nuts. In addition, peanuts and tree nuts are often processed in the same manufacturing plant and cross-contamination can occur.
Commonly called hayfever, allergic rhinitis describes allergy symptoms experienced primarily in the nose and eyes. The term hayfever is misleading because it is not caused by hay, nor is it accompanied by a fever.
Shellfish (Shrimp, crab, lobster) allergies are common among adults. Individuals allergic to one shellfish may or may not be allergic to others in the same family, but until proven tolerant, all shellfish should be avoided.
Allergy to soy protein is very common in infants and young children. Soy-allergic individuals should avoid all sources of soy protein. Soybean oil and soy lecithin are usually allowed in the diet because soy proteins are usually removed in the processing.
An insect bite can result in an allergic reaction, skin irritation, or in some cases, in infection. When insects bite human skin (like mosquitoes, fleas, stable flies, black flies and lice, but not ordinary house flies) their saliva or body produces reactions by contact with the skin.
Tree nut allergies are very common and can be very severe in adult and pediatric individuals. Tree nut allergic individuals should avoid all nuts until each nut is evaluated for safety for the particular individual. As with peanuts, tree nuts are not a primary source of any one nutrient, and therefore tree nut-avoidance diets do not present any significant nutritional risk to the individual.
A wheat-restricted diet demands that an individual avoid all wheat products. Wheat is a major grain product used in the United States. Eliminating wheat from the diet is often times difficult and does pose a significant nutritional risk.
Is your cat grooming half of her hair off, or is your dog licking his paws raw? It may well be that your pet is experiencing allergies, one of the most common health problems for pets. Just like people, animals have allergic reactions because their immune system — the system that protects the body from foreign and potentially infectious substances — overreacts to some material. Almost anything — pollen, dust, an ingredient in pet food, a household chemical, an insect bite — can set off an alarm in the immune system, causing it to pump out large amounts of white blood cells, hormones and other material called histamines into the bloodstream.