Tag Archives: Allergies

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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Allergies and Cancer

Some studies suggest that those who suffer from allergies are less prone to cancer than their hay-fever-free friends. The mysterious connection between the immune system and cancer could help researchers fight the disease.

Do allergies lower your risk for cancer?

When you sneeze, allergens and carcinogens are expelled from the tissues, possibly protecting the body’s cells from harmful mutation.

Since the 1950s, scientists have drawn three conclusions about the relation between allergies and cancer: Compared with people who don’t have allergies, allergy sufferers have (1) a higher risk of cancer, (2) a lower risk of cancer and (3) the same risk of cancer.

A recent review of the studies, published by scientists at Cornell University, pinpoints a nuance that could explain the apparent contradiction. Click to learn more about the possible link between allergies and decreased risk of cancer.

 

 

10 Point Halloween Allergy Plan For Your Child

Kids love Halloween. How do parents make sure their kids are safe from allergies on Halloween? Here is a plan to help.

Food allergies at Halloween

Protect Your Ghosts and Goblins From Allergies!

  1. First and foremost is prevention. If you’re not sure what your children are allergic to, you can’t prevent a reaction. You can get tested at your doctor’s office or perhaps it’s more convenient and affordable to purchase a home allergy test kit.
  2. Your child should needs to know what treats they are taking. If he or she is allergic to wheat, only gluten-free goodies are allowed! Here are some great recipes for gluten-free treats specifically for Halloween.
  3. Talk to parents and teachers about providing non-candy treats such as haunting stickers, witch finger puppets, spider rings or glow in the dark ghost stickers. They are many fun things that your child may enjoy even more than candy and will definitely last longer.
  4. Review the labels of any treats your child brings home. The terms can be confusing sometimes so if there’s an ingredient you don’t recognize be sure to look it up first.
  5. Make-up can trigger skin allergies so be sure to investigate their face paint before applying it.
  6. If your loved one is going to a haunted house, get the details first as fog machines can trigger allergic reactions and asthma.
  7. When you get out Halloween decorations from last year or a hand-me-down costume, wipe them down and wash them off first. They may be dusty or even have mold spores depending on where they were stored.
  8. Pumpkin patches can harbor mold in damp areas. It may be best to head to your local farmer’s market for a pre-picked pumpkin that you can take home and wash before the carving ensues.
  9. If your kid is not too embarrassed, accompany them to any Halloween events they participate in (classroom party, trick-or-treating, haunted house). If they are embarrassed, be sure they are educated enough to be safe or make a parental executive decision that’s best for your family.
  10. Be sure to carry an epi pin or your child’s allergy plan just in case.

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Sources: http://www.acaai.org/allergist/news/New/Pages/Halloween-Fun.aspx                                                                                                 http://news.yahoo.com/top-tricks-managing-food-allergies-halloween-110223346.html

 

Infants exposed to specific molds have higher asthma risk

Need help preventing asthma?

Do your children suffer from asthma? It may be preventable if it’s cause by mold or other environmental factors.

One in 10 children suffers from asthma but the potential environmental factors contributing to the disease are not well known. Cincinnati-based researchers now report new evidence that exposure to three types of mold during infancy may have a direct link to asthma development during childhood.  These forms of mold — Aspergillus ochraceus, Aspergillus unguis and Penicillium variabile — are typically found growing in water-damaged homes, putting a spotlight on the importance of mold remediation for public health.

Click to read more about the results of environmental effects of allergies.

Reference: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120802111502.htm

Allergies? Some Pollens Are Much More Aggressive Than Others

The allergic potential of pollens is greater than we could have imagined.

There are pollens — and there are pollens, as scientists from across Europe discovered while investigating the allergic potential of pollens from the three main triggers of hay fever in Europe: birch, grass and olive. Different people can have very different allergic reactions to a particular type of pollen, however, and as the Hialine study researchers have now found, the allergenicity of the pollens also varies. Depending on the time of year and region, the pollens produce different quantities of protein compounds. These are ultimately responsible for the allergic immune reaction.

Up until now, the only way to ascertain how seriously patients will be affected is by measuring the airborne pollen concentration. However, this method gives very little indication of how aggressive the pollens are. Read more about the intensity of certain pollens.

Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120521115520.htm

Food Allergies Up 33% in U.S. Kids

Why are food allergies increasing in kids?

Reports of U.S. children with a food allergy jumped by a third between 2003-2004 and 2007-2008.The finding is based on survey responses collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from more than 90,000 patients during each of the two time periods. An analysis of other data collected by the surveys implicated younger age, lack of health insurance, and eczema as three factors associated with the increased prevalence of food allergies in children, Dr. Karen A. DeMuth said during a poster presentation at the meeting (J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 2012 [doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2011.12.147]).

“These data show us how many parents think their kids have a food allergy,” Dr. DeMuth said.

Three factors were linked on a statistically significant level with the increased rate of food allergies: Age of 0-5 years boosted the food allergies rate by 33%, compared with older children; having no health insurance was linked with a 48% higher rate of food allergy increase; and having eczema or atopic dermatitis was linked with a 4.7-fold higher rate of food-allergy increase, compared with children without skin atopy.

For more information on food allergies in kids, click here.

Source: http://www.familypracticenews.com/single-view/food-allergies-up-33-in-us-kids/ce53cf0932.html

Worst Cities for Spring Allergies in 2012

Where are the worst places to live for allergies?
The third time is said to be the charm. But it’s doubtful the allergy sufferers in Knoxville find it charming that for a third consecutive year their East Tennessee city has earned the No. 1 spot on the list of the worst places to live with spring allergies.

Several factors are considered when ranking each of the 100 largest metro areas, including pollen scores, number of allergy medicines used per patient, and the number of board-certified allergists per patient.

To top the list, Knoxville had “worse than average” pollen counts as well as utilization rates for allergy medications. But it received an “average” score on its number of allergy specialists available to treat patients with allergy-related symptoms, from runny noses and frequent sneezing to watery eyes and sinus congestion.

Click to read the top 10 list of worst cities for spring allergies.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/allergies/news/20120319/worst-cities-spring-allergies-2012?ecd=wnl_aaa_032612