Cold weather has arrived in Texas but with that also brings constant sniffling, nasal congestion, headaches, sleep disruption, red, puffy eyes, itchy throat, and even hives. The frequent cause of these symptoms – Ragweed. Severe ragweed allergy cases can lead to chronic sinus problems and even asthma attacks.
What causes these symptoms? In allergy sufferers, the body
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In cases where expectant mothers were found to have a low vitamin D level in the blood, the occurrence of food allergies among their two-year old children was rarer than in cases where expectant mothers had a high vitamin D blood level. In reverse, this means that a high vitamin D level in pregnant women is associated with a higher risk of their children to develop a food allergy during infancy. Furthermore, those children were found to have a high level of the specific immunoglobulin E to food allergens such as egg white, milk protein, wheat flour, peanuts or soy beans.
Apart from diet, the level of vitamin D is mainly affected by conditions such as season, exposure to the sun and the amount of time spent outdoors — these factors were also taken into account in the current risk analyses of vitamin D and food allergy. Even though the occurrence of food allergies is undoubtedly affected by many other factors than just the vitamin D level, it is still important to take this aspect into consideration. It is advisable for pregnant women not to take vitamin D supplements. and excess of vitamin D can increase the risk of children developing a food allergy in the first two years of their life.
Spring time is approaching, which primarily means that green and yellow dust will start to appear on your cars, windows, and start to take over in North Texas. Most species of tree pollen starts to emerge in February and can persist well into the summer. Allergy suffers should try to minimize their time outdoors during the day as the tree pollen counts are often higher and more potent while the sun is out. It is very important to determine which species of trees you may be allergic to, and this can be done with routine allergy skin testing.
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One of the primary reasons patients come to an allergist is due to the side effects from most allergy medications.
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Allergies and asthma are diseases that affect individuals of all ages, and their prevalence is comparable in all age groups. As age demographics in the United States and other countries shift to greater proportions and numbers of patients in the “elderly” categories, it is becoming increasingly important for clinicians to become aware of the impact of aging on a variety of diseases. Allergy and asthma are recognized as inflammatory disorders, and there are data demonstrating that age-related changes in immune function can have a significant impact on these disorders.
Occasionally allergies make their initial appearance in the elderly. Asthma is a clinical diagnosis that is characterized by airway inflammation in association with reversible airflow obstruction and bronchial hyperresponsiveness, and it has an estimated prevalence of 8 to 10% across all age groups.
Inevitably this time of year thousands of cheerful merry makers suffer from a host of allergens uncommon to the average day.
Everything from Christmas trees to fruitcake!
Here are a few methods for surviving this holiday season.
If your family or friends are prone to purchasing christmas trees from lots and vendors you should assume that the mold will be fare greater from these trees than if they had cut one down themselves. Either way always spray don the tree outside before bringing it in your house.
If you know that you’re allergic to mold, you could also spray the tree with a fungicide but be aware that such chemicals (especially the toxic variety) can also aggravate allergies and cause other respiratory problems. We offer M-1 Sure Cote, a clear, non-toxic, odorless mold-resistant coating that will kill mold and prevent future growth. If you decide to use Sure Cote, I suggest letting the coating dry before bringing the tree inside.
Pollen from Christmas trees is normally not a big problem for allergy sufferers (since the pines and firs found at most Christmas tree lots pollinate in the spring), but mountain cedar trees pollinate in late November and early December, so if you chop down your own mountain cedar tree, then the pollen could be troublesome – especially since one person out of every 10 is to allergic mountain cedar pollen. The main problem, however, is mold that enters the home with the tree.
Of course a fake tree is always the best and safest bet for those suffering from allergies.
Applying a quality air filter will always help regardless of the type of live tree or even with a fake tree.
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