The Daily Buzz: What To Do If You Have Allergy Symptoms

MyAllergyTest featured in the allergy segment on The Daily Buzz Show.

The symptoms for a cold and for allergies can be very similar, if not exactly the same. What is the best way to know if you have a cold that will go away in a week or full-blown allergies that you are stuck with for months at a time, year after year? The only way to know is to take an allergy test. The good news is with MyAllergyTest you can take a test for ten of the most common allergens from the comfort of your home. You can pick up your home allergy test kit at major retail stores in stores in the pharmacy diagnostic section. So the next time you are at Walmart, Walgreens, or Meijer, pick up your MyAllergyTest test kit, go home and take the test. Instructions are included but it is a quick, convenient process. You will quickly and conveniently receive your accurate, lab-tested results and learn if you have allergies. MyAllergyTest also provides an allergy plan so you can make adjustments to improve your quality of life. By learning if you have allergies or a cold, you know how to treat your symptoms. MyAllergyTest is also available online.

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MyAllergyTest: Accurate and Approved Allergy Testing at Home

MyAllergyTest home allergy testing was recently featured on the Today Show on NBC.

As seen on the Today Show, MyAllergyTest is for those suffering from headaches, itchy throat, skin irritation, wheezing, nausea and other common allergy symptoms.  If you are busy juggling a family, work, and life in general, it is critical to find out if you or your child has allergies so you know how to manage your health. The allergy home test kit is simple and accurate, providing a convenient way to get answers for your or your child’s health without taking the time to schedule and travel to an appointment. MyAllergyTest is available at major retail pharmacies (in the diagnostic test section) including Walmart, Walgreens and Meijer or online at www.myallergytest.net.

Introducing Our New Website For MyAllergyTest

We are excited to unveil our new website! Aside from the new look, we felt it was important to create a consumer-focused website for those affected by allergies. This makes it easier for everyone to understand more about My Allergy Test, how to take the test, and how it helps allergy sufferers. There is also an FAQ to answer many common questions. We think you will like the new look, fresh information and improved navigation. Check it out at www.myallergytest.net.

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How To Prevent Winter Allergies

Winter months can be rough for people who are allergic to mold spores and dust mites, and holiday decorations may contribute to the problem.

“During the winter, families spend more time indoors, exposing allergic individuals to allergens and irritants like dust mites, pet dander, smoke, household sprays and chemicals, and gas fumes — any of which can make their lives miserable,” Dr. William Reisacher, director of the Allergy Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, said in a medical center news release.

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If you know what’s causing your winter allergies, you can help prevent them.

One way to prevent a winter allergy flare-up is to keep holiday decorations mold-free.

“Mold spores can cause additional problems compared to pollen allergy because mold grows anywhere and needs little more than moisture and oxygen to thrive,” said Dr. Rachel Miller, director of allergy and immunology at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, which is part of the medical center.

Click to read expert advice on avoiding winter allergies.

Christmas Allergies

Allergies During the Holiday Season

Are holiday allergies keeping you on the sidelines? Take control of your symptoms with these quick tips.

Pass the tissues and antihistamine please — ’tis the season for holiday allergies. Like unwanted gifts, sneezing and congestion arrive, making allergy sufferers miserable and putting a damper on holiday fun.

Fortunately you don’t have to be sidelined from the festivities. Whether it’s symptoms to food, pets, mold or mildew, allergies during the holidays can be beat — with lifestyle changes, medication, and a few simple tips.

Why Allergies Spike During the Holidays

Lots of holiday favorites can trigger or irritate allergies, from food and pets to wood-burning fires and seasonal greenery. And while you may manage allergy symptoms pretty well most of the year, symptoms to indoor allergens like these can really spike during the holiday season.

Why? Blame our tendency to snuggle in when the weather cools.

“You’re in a closed-up house, the heater is on, the windows shut — that’s why indoor allergies get worse in the winter,” says Asriani Chiu, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and medicine (allergy/immunology), at the College of Wisconsin. You can do a lot to alleviate holiday allergies — but first you need to know what’s triggering your symptoms to begin with.

Read more about what causes allergies during the holiday season.

Pesticides in tap water, produce linked to food allergies

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Contaminated Tap Water May Lead To Food Allergies

Pesticides in produce and drinking water may be playing a role in the increasing prevalence of food allergies, according to a new study.  Researchers looked at 2,211 people and found those in the top 25% for urine concentrations of chemical dichlorophenols – used to chlorinate tap water and keep pests off produce – were also 80% more likely to have a food allergy.

“Adults can develop food allergies even though they’re not kids anymore,” says allergist and study author Dr. Elina Jerschow. “Adult allergies to foods are on the rise. That certainly includes shellfish and fish allergies, but also peanuts. We don’t know what influences this development. But having been exposed to dichlorophenols in our study suggests there could be some link.”Researchers believe dichlorophenols may alter the composition of healthy bacteria growing in the human gut, which plays an active role in immune system functioning. Read more about the study detailing the link between pesticides and allergies.

Source: http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/12/04/pesticides-in-tap-water-produce-linked-to-food-allergies/?hpt=he_c2

The Link Between Allergies And Depression

Depression can be the only symptom for some allergies

Depression and Allergic Reactions

Not All Allergy Symptoms Are Obvious

This winter, millions of Americans will become depressed because of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Symptoms of SAD include brain fog, anxiety, irritability, overeating, difficulty concentrating, and depression all of which are thought to occur because of the reduction in daylight. Allergy and asthma sufferers must be especially wary of depression during the winter, as recent studies suggest a strong link between allergies and depression.

A 2006 study at Columbia University’s School of Public Health showed that women with major depression are more likely to have allergies, and allergies appear to be more common in men with nervous, anxious personalities. Researchers cannot fully explain the link between allergies and depression, but they speculate that depression contributes to the development of allergies by impairing the immune system. Conversely, the stress of dealing with chronic allergies may lead to depression. Click to read more about the effects of allergens on your mental health.

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