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.
Vitamins are essential nutrients that contribute to a healthy life. Although most people get all the vitamins they need from the foods they eat, millions of people worldwide take supplemental vitamins as part of their health regimen.
You might not think your nose is a “vital organ,” but indeed it is! To understand its importance, all that most people need to experience is a bad cold. Nasal congestion and a runny nose have a noticeable effect on quality of life, energy level, ability to breathe, ability to sleep, and ability to function in general.