Monthly Archives: December 2012

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