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LATEX ALLERGY

LATEX ALLERGY

Allergy to proteins in natural rubber latex became a significant concern by the late 1980s. Fortunately however, the epidemic was not of concern by 1990s. Latex allergy appears to have originated from an increased use of latex gloves at health care facilities, and changes in processes used to manufacture latex products.What is latex?Latex is a milky fluid produced by rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis). Using different methods, latex can be processed into a variety of products, such as gloves and ...
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Asthma & Stress: Correlation, or No?

Asthma & Stress: Correlation, or No?

Modern medicine knows stress can affect the cardiovascular, immune, gastrointestinal, and central nervous systems. It can also create physiological reactions that can lead to a feeling of airway constriction and an inability to breathe. Sounds like asthma, right? If stress alone causes the feeling of not being able to breathe, just imagine adding asthma to the mix. Many immunologists and researchers now say there is a clear connection between stress and asthma. Stress may cause your asthma sym...
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Back-to-School – Let's get Asthma and Allergy Ready?

Back-to-School – Let's get Asthma and Allergy Ready?

Starting the new school year can be a time of great enthusiasm… and anxiety. When kids with allergies leave the protection of their home environment, it’s important for you to take steps to help reduce the incidence of an allergic reaction. Here's how to prepare your child to go back to school safely.Keep the Routine at Home While Not-at-schoolStart preparing before the new school year begins. Make sure your child takes his asthma or allergy medications as prescribed. ...
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Sagebrush season is about to start! Are you prepared?

Sagebrush season is about to start! Are you prepared?

Summer fun is soon going to change to misery of Fall for millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis (hayfever) and asthma. If you notice in the fall that you’re sneezing more, your eyes are tearing up and you’re overusing the Kleenex tissue, you’re not alone.
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Are you allergic to your sunscreen lotion?

Are you allergic to your sunscreen lotion?

The number of skin cancers cases are increasing rapidly with the higher level of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. This makes it very important to protect ourselves from the UV rays of the sun. Wearing sunscreen is, hence, very important especially during these recent bright sunny days in the Treasure Valley. However, the important question is if you are causing more harm than good with sunscreen lotion- Important yet, are you allergic to your sunscreen lotion?Reactions with sunscreen lotions:T...
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Itchy after eating fresh apple, berries or cantaloupes? Pollen- food allergy syndrome!

Itchy after eating fresh apple, berries or cantaloupes? Pollen- food allergy syndrome!

For some people who have hay fever, fresh fruits, vegetables and certain nuts can trigger an allergic reaction that causes the lips/mouth to tingle or itch. It can also cause throat swelling or itching all over the body. This is also known as “oral allergy syndrome.” What causes this immune reaction? This reaction occurs because the structure of proteins found in some fruits and vegetables are identical to those found in pollen. These identical proteins confuse the immune system and ...
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Can you be allergic to your cellphone?

Can you be allergic to your cellphone?

Yes, it’s possible to get an “allergic phone call” or  “be allergic to your cell phone” – In fact, Up to 17 percent of women and 3 percent of men can have allergies to their cellphones due to the metal nickel commonly found on phone trim and faceplates.
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Stuffed Toys – A Trigger Of Allergies and Asthma.

Stuffed Toys – A Trigger Of Allergies and Asthma.

Stuffed toys collect plenty of dust and germs while they are being carried everywhere by your kids. These toys could hence be a source of infection and allergies for your child. Here are some tips on how to sanitize your kid’s stuffed toys!!For Machine-Washable Toys Wash your child’s stuffed toys in hot water every other week You can place them in a pillowcase or lingerie bag during the wash cycle. Dry the toy in dryer on high heat for at least 45 minutes. Hot water and heat drying s...
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Can local honey help pollen allergies?

Can local honey help pollen allergies?

As an allergist, I am often asked if local honey can be an all-natural remedy for seasonal allergies.  It is very difficult to break people’s myth that local honey will not desensitize them from the pollen causing their allergic symptoms. The basic principle, as understood by folks who believe in honey curing their allergic symptoms, is that honey from local bee hives contains pollen. Pollen is responsible for initiating the immune response causing allergic symptoms. People believe th...
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Fifty Shades Of Summer Air!!

Fifty Shades Of Summer Air!!

Allergens do not have boundaries – its difficult to separate a particular season as being the worst for allergies. The allergens extend even after the grass pollen go down by June end. There are several other reasons for allergy and asthma symptoms like outdoor molds.
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