Eye Allergies Caused by Ragweed, Pollen

September 4, 2008 – 2:53 pm

Eye AllergiesThe Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is raising awareness of treatment for eye allergy sufferers as the Fall allergy season begins with a brochure full of advice.

Each fall according to AAFA, ragweeds begin their annual release of pollen grains into the atmostphere and these grains can travel to the human eye in addition to the nasal passages, and lungs. Common manifestations of eye allergies include tearing, itchiness, swelling and burning. For any eye allergy sufferer, this threatens to undermine one’s attention to detail and performance during the day.

Mike Tringale from the AAFA says, “Of Americans who are allergic to pollen-producing plants, 75 percent are allergic to ragweed.”

No wonder so many Americans have the need to find relief for the eye allergens.

Contact lens-wearing people who are affected by eye allergies may have particular interest in finding anything that will bring relief even if no known cure is currently available.

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Milk Allergy Alert for Cookies in Canada

September 4, 2008 – 2:26 pm

Milk AllergiesUndeclared milk in the ingredients of No Name Cookie Dough products were identified by The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in coordination with Loblaw Companies Limited.

People with allergies to milk proteins are advised to stay away from the products which could cause symptoms typical to milk allergic reactions ranging from mild to serve and include wheezing, vomiting, hives and digestive problems and even anaphylaxis in extreme cases according to MayoClinic.com.

Though the milk-infused cookie products have been distributed throughout Canada, to date, no one reported illnesses have occurred and the producing company, Loblaw, is voluntarily recalling all the affected products.

CFIA notes that milk is one of the nine most common food allergens.

Here’s the full list:

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Gluten-Free Food Important for Food Allergy Sufferers

September 3, 2008 – 9:45 pm

Gluten-free diets for Food Allergy SufferersThe school sessions have begun and that means children, parents and school administrators need to be reminded of the lurking possibility that certain students may suffer from food allergies.

In general, food allergies such as gluten intolerance, wheat allergies and celiac (or coeliac) disease, an autoimmune disease that can damage the small intestine, is possible in the United States according to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

Chicago-area paper, ElmLeaves, ran a timely story this week about the need for those allergic to glutens to be wary.

Those with celiac disease cannot ingest gliadin, a subprotein of gluten according to a pediatric and adult allergist and immunologist consulted for the article in the Chicago area. Intestinal swelling can result in an interference with the absorption of nutrients due to the antibody to gliadin that is produced.

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Immunizing Children With Vaccine Allergies Said To Be OK

September 3, 2008 – 9:11 pm

Vaccination Allergies In ChildrenAccording to a study just released by John’s Hopkins Children’s Center, if you have a child who has an allergic reaction to vaccinations for such diseases as the measles, mumps, or whooping cough, that’s no reason for you to not have your children inoculated.

How is this possible?

The study says that most vaccinations have a gelatin or egg protein base which can causes the reactions.  If the administering physician knows of the allergic history, the vaccination can be given without these bases and in other, effective formulations.

Furthermore, the study states that even though a child has an allergic reaction to one vaccination, that doesn’t mean he or she is going to have it with all preventative vaccinations.   

Medications providing anti-allergy protection can be given like corticosteroids and antihistamines.

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Fall Allergy Season: Top 10 Cities for Allergies

September 2, 2008 – 11:27 pm

Top 10 Allergy Cities ListThe Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has announced its Fall 2008 10 Worst Cities to live in for allergy suffers.

As ABC News details, the list is created with one purpose in mind – help allergy sufferers determine where not to live.

At the top of this year’s list is Greensboro, North Carolina which, with its potent combination of high pollen count, large number of allergy medications prescribed, and area allergy experts, outdistanced runners-up Greenville, South Carolina, and Little Rock, Arkansas.

Dr. Harold Nelson, an allergist at National Jewish Health, in Denver, Colorado, told ABC that ragweed, a common source of allergies, can affect sensitive nasal passages at different times in Fall and depends on the changing temperatures.

For Greensboro residents, it doesn’t help that weeds and mold are usually very active in the Fall in addition to the ragweed.

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