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How to Tell if It is a Cold or an Allergy

When you start with a cough, runny nose, fever, or a sore throat, you always wonder if it is called or the allergies. Here, is a helpful picture from the National Institute of Health.


Always consult your healthcare provider.

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Mold at School can Cause Asthma; a Recent Study in CHEST Journal


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Photo Credit: Mokra from Brazil


A cross-sectional survey was conducted to assess allergic/asthmatic conditions in schoolchildren aged 6∼15 years old in 44 schools across Taiwan. Personal histories and current asthmatic conditions were collected. Fungal spores in classroom were collected using a Burkard Personal Air Sampler and counted under light microscopy.

The survey was completed by 6346 out of 7154 parents. The prevalences of physician-diagnosed asthma, current asthma, and asthma with symptoms reduced on holidays or weekend.

Classroom mold counts were significantly associated with childhood asthma and with reduced asthma symptoms on weekends. Government health policy should explore environmental interventions for the elimination of fungal spores in classrooms to reduce the prevalence of childhood asthma.

If your child has asthma, please call us for a simple allergy test to exclude mold and other allergies. 

Some turning to bees for allergy relief | KOB.com



Some turning to bees for allergy relief | KOB.com.

James Lynch says he loves taking his kids out to the parks in Albuquerque, but hates the allergies that come with it.

“I just get real bad sinus and congestion,” he said. He also tries to avoid pharmaceutical medications for his symptoms.

“You see all the commercials with all the side effects,” he said.

Lynch is not alone many New Mexicans resort to a natural remedy that has been buzzing around for years.

“The great thing about local honey is that it really is the taste of your neighborhood,” she said.

Jessie Brown is one of 400 beekeepers in Albuquerque.

She says many New Mexicans want local honey.

That’s because bees pick up the same pollen that causes allergies.

The hope is the honey will help with immunity to the allergens that make them miserable this time of year.

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Allergies or a cold: How to tell the difference – 23ABC News –


Allergies or a cold: How to tell the difference – 23ABC News – TurnTo23.com.

Spring is just around the corner, but don’t be surprised to see winter weather — and viruses — linger a little longer. So what’s behind your stuffy nose: Spring allergies or a cold?

The two miseries share symptoms despite their different causes. But there are clues that can help you find the source of your spring sniffles and choose the right remedy.

“A cold can be accompanied by low-grade fever, sore throat and a cough, whereas allergies usually don’t have those things,” said Dr. William Schaffner, chair of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. “You might have a little bit of sore throat with allergies, but it’s mostly runny nose and red, itchy eyes.”

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Are you allergic to hair products? – Health – MiamiHerald.com

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Are you allergic to hair products? – Health – MiamiHerald.com.

Whether you use hair color to cover grays or for highlights, if you’re allergic, you know it.

The main ingredient responsible for hair color allergies is paraphenyldiamine (PPD) and it can cause redness and swelling wherever the product touches the skin. Another offender is toluene (which can also be found in nail polish but most major brands have omitted it from their formulas).

I see many patients with hair color allergies, but there are alternatives that provide the benefits without the side effects. Vegetable dyes like henna cover grays on darker hair, and if you prefer highlights, the trendy ombre look is achieved by placing color just at the ends so it doesn’t come in contact with the skin.

In the case of hairspray, fragrance is most often responsible for allergic reactions like redness, irritation and swelling. Other ingredients that cause reactions include propylene glycol (which is often used to “seal in” moisture) and acrylates, which are used to form a film on the hair.

Though I wish I could recommend a hairspray that’s unlikely to cause a reaction, a better approach is to make a note when you have a problem and consider what products you used in the previous 24 hours. Then read those labels and see if you can identify the culprit. If you still can’t figure it out, see your dermatologist for patch testing so you can avoid the offender in the future.

Treatments such as keratin straightening have been getting bad press due to side effects from the professionals who spend a lot of time around the fumes, but these treatments can cause allergic reactions when they come in contact with the skin — even if it’s only every few moments.

The main problematic ingredient in these treatments is formaldehyde, and it leads to itching, skin cracking and irritation in those with sensitivity. The problem with a formaldehyde allergy is that this ingredient can be listed many ways on product labels, so it’s best to consult your dermatologist if you react to these types of hair treatments.

Something as simple (and common) as conditioner can have side effects on the skin.

A very common ingredient like isopropyl myristate can aggravate acne, and it often comes in contact with the face, back and chest when used in the shower. If you have persistent body acne, check your labels, and be sure to wash your back and chest with a salicylic acid cleanser after washing and conditioning your hair.

…Think about it … anything that’s designed to attach hair to your head (and withstand washing and tugging) might have some detrimental side effects on the skin. The main ingredient in hair glue that causes reactions is ethyl cyanoacrylate, so if you experience adverse effects, consider another hair extension technique.

Other options include thermal bonding and sewn-in extensions, and these eliminate the possibility of skin reaction.

Dr. Leslie Baumann is a board-certified dermatologist, New York Times best-selling author and CEO of Baumann Cosmetic & Research Institute in Miami.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/17/3941768/are-you-allergic-to-hair-products.html#storylink=cpy

Allergies, fatigue take Aksel Lund Svindal out of Sochi Olympics | OlympicTalk

Allergies, fatigue take Aksel Lund Svindal out of Sochi Olympics | OlympicTalk.

Norwegian Alpine skiing star Aksel Lund Svindal has pulled out from the remainder of the Sochi Olympics due to allergies and fatigue according to Team Norway coach Havard Tjorhom.

Tjorhom told the Associated Press that Svindal, a three-time medalist at Vancouver four years ago, had reached “the point of no return” and so, he will not race in the men’s giant slalom on Wednesday.

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Epipen Can Prevent Death from Allergies

“I’d like to write a few words about anaphylaxis in the wake of that terrible tragedy before Christmas, where a young girl died on Dublin’s O’Connell Street from a peanut allergy. Doubtless, the City Coroner will assemble all the facts of the case and issue some recommendations with his verdict, but I think it’s high time that the management of children and adults with life-threatening allergies was given the priority it deserves by our public health service. Ireland has probably the worst allergy services in Western Europe. Education is woefully lacking in this area, as are trained specialists. It would also seem like an opportune time to set up a national anaphylaxis clinic that would register and manage patients who are potentially one ingested allergen away from sudden death. This country was able to spend millions placing thousands of never-to-be-used, rusting defibrillators all over the country, yet, when a life-saving adrenaline pen is required, there is none to be found. I don’t know if it’s feasible to put a publically accessible EpiPen in every surgery, pharmacy, school or restaurant in the country, but this awful tragedy reminds us that some serious lessons need to be learned.”


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Airborne allergies increased risk for hematologic malignancies in women


Airborne allergies increased risk for hematologic malignancies in women | Hematology Oncology.

Shadman and colleagues used the Vitamins and Lifestyle (VITAL) study to evaluate data from 66,212 adults aged 50 to 76 years. Between 2000 and 2002, the cohort completed baseline questionnaires on cancer risk factors, medical conditions, medication use and diet.

When stratifying for sex, the increased risk for hematologic malignancies was only seen in women with a history of any airborne allergy (HR=1.47; 95% CI, 1.14-1.91) and those allergic to plants, grass and trees (HR=1.73; 95% CI, 1.32-2.25).

Researchers noted they did not control results for type of allergy medication study participants may have used.

“It’s tough to eliminate allergy treatment as a confounder, because just about everyone with allergies is on some medication,” Shadman said. “But none of the allergy medications are known to cause cancer.”

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Breast-feeding may help with food allergies | Pacific Daily News

Breast-feeding may help with food allergies | Pacific Daily News | guampdn.com.

“Mothers should continue to breast-feed beyond introducing solids into the diet so the immune system can benefit from the immunological factors in breast milk that educate the immune system,” said lead researcher Kate Grimshaw, a research fellow and allergy specialist at the University of Southampton.

“My theory was that if food allergens — those things that infants actually become allergic to — aren’t there at the same time as the breast milk, the breast milk can’t educate the immune system,” she said.

The researchers said they identified when this process is likely to begin. “Introducing solid food before 17 weeks was associated with an increased risk of children developing food allergies,” Grimshaw said.

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