Asthma and other allergic problems are among the most common of potentially serious illnesses complicating pregnancy. Here are answers to some of the most common questions women ask about managing allergies & asthma during pregnancy.
There are thousands of health-related Web sites on the Internet. Some of the information on these websites is reliable; some of it is not. Some of the information is current; some of it is not. Choosing which web site to trust is worth thinking about.
Allergies are diseases of the immune system that cause an overreaction to substances called allergens. People who have allergies can live healthy and active lives. Good allergy treatment is based on the results of your allergy tests, your medical history, and the severity of your symptoms. It can include three different treatment strategies: avoidance of allergens, medication options, and immunotherapy (allergy shots).
by Jeffrey Demain, MD, FAAAAI
Many people know that regular cleaning can help reduce allergy and asthma triggers in your home. But you may want to pause before you reach for that spray bottle. Some people’s allergies & asthma may be aggravated by the way they clean. Harsh chemicals may trigger asthma symptoms or allergies, and dust that is disturbed when cleaning can make the process a nightmare.
Problems with these senses have a big impact on our lives. Smell and taste contribute to our enjoyment of life by stimulating a desire to eat – which not only nourishes our bodies but also enhances our social activities. When smell and taste become impaired, we eat poorly, socialize less, and feel worse.
Most people think of chickenpox as a common, harmless childhood disease. However, children with chickenpox usually have a high fever, feel ill for several days, and develop a rash. The rash includes tiny, clear blisters that start on the chest, back, or belly. Normally, these blisters form scabs and begin to heal in three to four days. In rare cases, chickenpox may result in serious complications, even death.
Affecting the outer ear, swimmer’s ear is a pain-causing condition resulting from inflammation, irritation, or infection. These symptoms occur when water gets trapped in your ear, allowing bacteria to spread, causing a painful sensation. Because this condition commonly affects swimmers, it is known as swimmer’s ear. Swimmer’s ear affects mostly children and teenagers, but can also affect those with eczema (a condition that causes the skin to itch) or excess earwax.
An allergy develops when the body’s immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to a foreign substance that ordinarily is harmless. An allergic reaction can occur whenever the allergy-causing substance – called an allergen – is inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed on contact with the skin.