For people who suffer from skin allergies, shopping for something simple like laundry detergent, shampoo or lotion can be a gamble that lands them in the doctor’s office. A National Ambulatory Medical Care survey found that allergic reactions to skin care and cosmetic products were the second most frequent dermatologic diagnosis.
Dining out is one of America’s favorite pastimes, but for people with food allergies and intolerances, the experience can often be frustrating and stressful. Paul Antico, founder of AllergyEats, an online source for finding allergy-friendly restaurants, understands these challenges firsthand from dining out with his three food-allergic children.
When you have indoor allergies, it’s hard to feel like “there’s no place like home.” The good news is there are some simple steps you can take to reduce your exposure to indoor allergens.
Spring and fall are not the only seasons that prove troublesome for those with allergies & asthma. Winter weather causes people to spend more time indoors, where a host of household allergens can be found. For people with asthma, cold air and outdoor winter activities can worsen asthma symptoms. Fortunately, there are things you can do to have a sneeze-free, wheeze-free winter.
An allergen is an otherwise harmless substance that the immune system mistakes as being harmful. There are many types of allergens and conditions caused by them. Some people are allergic to lots of things. Some people are allergic to only one thing or to very few things. What a person is allergic to is determined by many different factors, including the environment, a person’s genes, and the way the immune system works. Here are the nine most common types of allergens.
Researchers at The Medical College of Wisconsin investigating latex allergy in healthcare workers have demonstrated that the most effective public health strategy to prevent allergic sensitization is by stopping the use of powdered latex gloves. Previous medical studies pointed out this association of latex allergy to powdered latex glove use but were not able to completely confirm this link in specific workers.
Now that summer has come to an end, it’s time to think about the new school year, fall allergies, and cooler weather. This is also a time when people with asthma may notice a change in their condition. Being prepared for these changes can make a big difference in keeping your or your child’s asthma well controlled.
Occupational asthma is caused by inhaling fumes, gases, dust, or other potentially harmful substances while “on the job.” Often, your symptoms are worse during the days or nights you work, improve when you have time off, and start again when you go back to work.