Monthly Archives: November 2012

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.



Thanksgiving Allergy Guide

The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and with it the inescapable march toward excessive food consumption is poised to begin. But those affected by food allergies need not retreat. While Thanksgiving may pose some challenges for the 12 million Americans with food sensitivities, it is still possible to enjoy the holiday. For starters, experts say, let go of your worries about hurting chef grandma’s feelings.

Allergic Reaction to Thanksgiving Dinner

Make sure you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Since the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act took effect in 2006, foods regulated by the Food and Drug Administrationmust have labels that clearly establish the source of all ingredients that are — or are derived from — the eight most common food allergens: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. These substances account for 90 percent of food reactions.

Click to read some super tips about how to keep your family safe and healthy while having a delicious Thanksgiving dinner!

Global warming may bring pollen onslaught

Does climate change affect your allergies?

Climate Change and Allergies

Climate change, we’ve all heard, is problematic. Major shifts in climate patterns in the future may affect the spread of disease, devastate coastal areas and cause the extinction of some of our beloved species of wildlife. It may even contribute to future violence. But if Hurricane Sandy didn’t bring climate change concerns home for you, here’s something else that might: Allergy mayhem.

Read more about new research presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) conference last week suggests that pollen counts are going to get a lot worse in the next 30 years. Dr. Leonard Bielory showed predictions that pollen counts will more than double by 2040.

Allergies and Corporate Wellness

Why Allergies Should Be Part Of Every Corporate Wellness Plan

Allergies and Corporate Wellness

There’s a better way to deal with allergens in the office!

The average allergy patient spends approximately ten times the amount on over-the-counter allergy medications and prescriptions during their lifetime than they would on getting a simple over the counter test, such as MyAllergyTest.

It’s possible to create a comfortable allergy-free zone in your own home, but what about other environments? What if, for example, you’re allergic to your workplace?

The average office environment may be a hotbed of allergy triggers. From pungent chemicals to mold in the ductwork to a co-worker’s aftershave, culprits can seek out and target unsuspecting office dwellers.

And because allergies can make people feel pretty miserable, proof of their allergy struggles may begin to show up in their job performance.

Who, after all, can concentrate on work when they’re contending with watery, burning eyes and a pounding headache? Maybe allergy-related fatigue threatens to crush their productivity.

It’s important to tackle the allergen problem before it takes over your office … and gets the best of your staff. What are the net benefits?

  • reduce sick days associated with allergies
  • decrease costs associated with allergic reactions and medications
  • permanently desensitize you to specific allergies