Allergies

Allergies in Children – Tracing the itch

Most of us are familiar with the term ‘allergy’, and use it quite frequently. By definition, an allergy is an abnormal response of the immune system if the human body to an allergen (an agent that can trigger allergy). Allergies in children are quite common in today’s context. Many children attending pediatric clinics today do so for allergy-related complaints.

An allergy can crop up at any age and can continue for months or years until the child outgrows it, or till the allergen is discovered and eliminated from the child’s environment. Allergies are usually a result of both genetic susceptibility and environmental stimulation.

Types of Allergies in children:

Allergies in children can involve any or all of three or four systems:

1) The nose, throat and chest (respiratory allergies)

2) The skin (cutaneous allergy)

3) The stomach and intestines (gastrointestinal allergies or food allergies)

4) The eyes (ocular allergy)

Allergic symptoms depend on the system involved.

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Maintain “Asthma Healthy Home” Free from Asthma Triggers

Merck has joined with Habitat for Humanity, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and HGTV personality and carpenter Carter Oosterhouse run a campaign i.e. “Build Smart, Breathe Easier”.

“Build Smart, Breathe Easier” is a campaign to create awareness among people about the asthma, which has become a widespread and chronic disease these days. Above 24 million people in America are suffering from this chronic ailment. Dr. Gokul Gopalan, regional director of Medical Affairs, Respiratory, Merck. “We are pleased to partner with these experts to build homes with asthma-healthy features and educate about the importance of a healthy indoor environment, coupled with proper asthma management, Build Smart, Breathe Easier reinforces Merck’s ongoing commitment to educate people about their asthma and provide appropriate treatment options to physicians and their patients.”

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Anaphylaxis- A Life Threatening Allergy

Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a life threatening allergy. It can develop in response to any allergen. It develops due to the systematic allergic reactions that are caused by an antibody known as immunoglobulin (IgE). Immunoglobulin is the allergen that attacks the body and as a result the histamines are released. Anaphylaxis is the most dangerous type of allergy and it is not very common.

Causes of Anaphylaxis

Basically anaphylaxis is caused due to any allergen. Human body has an amazing defensive system against dangerous bacteria and viruses. The immune system of some people is so sensitive that when they are open to the elements like animal dander, dust, peanuts, pollen or shell fish an antibody Immunoglobulin is produced in the body. These antibodies are attached to blood cells known as mast cells. When the allergic patients are open to an allergen the immune system assembles its defense and the chemical weapons are launched to attack the enemies. The allergens are sticking to the IgE and IgE are attached to the mast cells. This enhances reaction in which the mast cells release chemicals that includes Histamine. It causes the symptoms of an allergy. Histamines are attached to the receptors in the blood vessels. It also sticks to other receptors that causes swelling, itching, runny nose etc in this conditions unpleasant and the life threatening symptoms can also be occurred.

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11 Worst Plants that Causes Allergy

Plants that Causes Allergy

US Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service National Institutes of Health found that millions of American are suffering from cough, sneezing, running nose and watery eyes when pollen start flying in the air. During spring season few tiny particles are released from the trees; these tiny particles are known as pollen. Their task is to fertilize other plants but most of the time they do not reach their destination rather they cause irritation in human noses and throats which eventually causes pollen allergy also called hay fever or rose fever. Following are the few worst plants that cause severe form of allergies among masses:

1. Pollen

The allergic rhinitis is also known as hay fever. Pollen is found on the plants and trees and it causes the watery eyes, stuffy nose. The fever caused due to pollen grains is known as hay fever because it was discovered in the haying season. AAFA (American Association for Asthma and Allergy) is trying to reduce the plants and trees that cause allergies in the different cities.

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Deadliest Food Allergies

Food Allergies

More than 54 percent of Americans have allergies and most of the allergies have uncomfortable symptoms like watery eyes, runny nose but for more than 40 million people an allergen can cause life threatening reaction. According to the study in Archives of International Medicine, 15% of U.S people are at risk of deadliest allergies.

Some life threatening allergies can be caused by:

a. Food allergy
b. Insect sting
c. Drugs
d. Latex
e. Exercise etc.

a. Food allergy

From peanuts to antibiotics, many substances can cause food allergy that can be life threatening. Peanuts and wheat are present in many of foods and these two ingredients can cause severe food allergy. The people who are allergic to peanuts, wheat or other any other ingredients they should read the food labels before going for any food item. Food and drug Administration says that the top eight food allergens should be mentioned on the food labels. These food allergens include peanuts, eggs, milk, selfish, wheat, soy, fish and tree nuts.

If you eat anything outside home like in the neighbors or cafeteria etc let the server know that you cannot eat these ingredients.

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Signs And Symptoms of Toenail Fungus

Any health problem requires treatment. It is a general tendency to leave the things for ‘some other time’. But there are some diseases which need immediate medical attention and treatment. If not, they aggravate. Nail fungus is one of such diseases.

As far it is an ailment of a stiff, bristle body part, it may seem to you that it can be treated later. But as a matter of fact, it needs as much attention as any other body ailment.

The medical name of toenail fungus is ‘Onychomycosis’. It is also known as ‘tinea unguium’. Nail fungus is amongst the common most diseases of nails. Fungus can occur in any foot nail, but toenail fungus is the most common. 6 to 8 percent adults catch Onychomycosis.

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