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Saturday, January 17, 2015

What is the difference between Anaphylaxis and Allergic Reaction?

Allergies, while simple can potentially cause Anaphylaxis, which can be fatal!

From the movie "Hitch" with Will Smith.

This scene had me laughing to tears. What this scene represents is Anaphylaxis. There are other photos available of real people who have not been visited by a team of makeup artists, they actually look like this due to an allergic reaction. The potential outcome is Anaphylactic Shock which can be fatal.

Description of Anaphylaxis:

Within minutes or hours of being exposed to your allergy trigger, your body starts a chain reaction that widens your blood vessels, which can lower your blood pressure. You many pass out. You may get hives and swelling, especially around your face and throat. You may have trouble breathing, talking or swallowing.
If these symptoms occur, you are having a Medical Emergency! 

Call 911!

Anaphylaxis can progress to loss of consciousness very quickly, don't wait... and don't try to walk to the nearest drug store and start drinking a "Benadryl Juice Box."

Common Triggers for Anaphylaxis:

  • Peanuts and tree nuts 
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Latex
  • Medications

If you do not have less evasive allergic reactions you probably will never have the more severe reactions discussed. But as we know, some of us acquire allergies as we age, so be aware of the onset of minor allergic reactions.
  • Tingling or itchy mouth
  • Hives, itching or eczema
  • swelling of your lips, face, tongue and throat
  • Wheezing, sinus congestion and trouble breathing
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness, light headedness and fainting 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

But I don't have Allergies!

If you have never had Allergies don't be surprised if you get them later in life.

This is referred to Adult Onset of Allergies. Many individuals have suffered from allergies since childhood, others develop them later in life. Initially when you experience the symptoms, you believe you have a cold or flu. Then you realize because of the duration you realize it is allergies. 

Some of the reasons you will develop allergies as an adult are:

  • Sedentary lifestyle: lack of exercise causes your immune system to weaken.
  • Hyper Sanitary lifestyle: lack of exposure to bacteria actually weakens your immune system.
  • Increased pollution: pollen having more opportunity for travel on other airborne pollutants.
  • Poor Ventilation in homes and offices: a good allergen filter for ventilation needs to be cleaned or replaced regularly.
  • Growing populations of dust mites: many people are simply allergic to dust mites, actually the excrement of dust mites.
You are going to have to handle allergies the way everyone else does, on sneeze at a time. You have a few options to choose from. 
You can just deal with it: keep a supply of allergy suppressants in the cabinet.
You can see an allergists to get shots: injection immunotherapy lasts a couple years.
You can seek the alternative to shots; Sublingual drops.
Meditrend can provide Allergy Immunotherapy for each Zone of the US. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Do I have a cold or allergies?

If it's winter it must be a cold! Wrong, you may have allergies to dust mites.


Actually they do serve a purpose. They consume dead skin. They are very small... microscopic... in fact 10 of these evil looking creatures can fit on the end of a pen.

The Dust mite lives a short life, 10-15 days usually. They do not bite people or animals, do not spread disease in that way. They do, however, create waste pellets that we can be allergic to. These are often a cause of asthma and other allergy symptoms, coughing, runny nose, sneezing headaches.

Dust mites are fairly easy to clean up generally. Regular washing of bed clothes, vacuuming, dusting and wiping of home surface areas. In the summer when people often have open windows, the mites and their feces are easily blown off furniture and tracked outside. We are more often impacted by them in the winter when homes are closed up and kept warmer and we spend more time in doors.

Again, not everyone is allergic to these members of society, but if you are you may want to consider trying Meditrend's Dust and Mite Immunotherapy. 

The immune system defends us against disease. When harmful substances are detected, such as dust, the immune system creates antibodies. The antibodies destroy or neutralize allergens (i.e. dust mites, mold and/or pollens) that are causing your allergic reactions. Allergena is a Homeopathic Sublingual Immunotherapy that reduces your body's negative reaction to allergens. Allergena homeopathic allergy drops build immunity by giving micro doses of what a person is allergic to so the body becomes safely conditioned to tolerate those allergens and reduce allergic symptoms. 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Allergies

You may be allergic to Christmas or maybe just the LIVE TREE sitting in your house.

This should be no surprise, but who thinks about it.
Most live Christmas Trees are a form of evergreen conifer such as spruce, pine or fir. These trees are common culprets of allergy sufferers. Normally December is a time when allergy symptoms are reduced greatly. Then you bring in a beautiful, living evergreen. "AChoo!" Then add a blazing fire place. The eyes start watering, sinuses get stuffy.

What is the answer for Christmas Allergies?

  • You can continue to get a live tree and suffer through it. 
  • You can certainly go with the artificial option. There are artificial trees now that are absolutely beautiful. They are about as much as a live tree and they last for years. And for the smell you can burn an evergreen candle, unless you have allergies to fragrances and perfumes. 
  • You can opt out of a tree all together.
  • You can start Immunotherapy to handle your allergies all year long. 
Allergena Texas Trees
Allergena - Texas Trees, offers Immunotherapy for many plant, tree and grass allergens. Like Immunotherapy injections (allergy shots), it is not an instant fix. Start now to prepare for your next allergy season and see how much better you'll feel.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Bad Allergies? These are things that make them worse!

Allergies making you miserable? You may be making a bad situation worse.

Here is a list of some things we do that make our bad allergies even worse:

Stress directly reduces the strength of your immune systems, therefore crippling your ability to combat allergy symptoms.

Alcohol, particularly red wine, is full of sulfites and can make your allergies shoot through the roof.

Bathing in the morning:
You may be the person that requires a shower to wake up in morning. Me too. However, to sleep through the night with all the dust and particles of the day may keep you from getting good night sleep. Do yourself a favor and at least wash your face and pull you hair away from your face.

Wrong Medication: Antihistamines or Decongestant
An antihistamine typically relieves sneezing, itchiness and runny nose.
Decongestants combat congestion from swollen nasal passages. 
Some over the counter meds have both. For best results consult your health care provider.

Contact Lenses:
If you are experiencing allergy symptoms, you may want to find your glasses. As much as you care to clean your contact lenses they will continue to trap tiny air born particles up against your eyes causing you more suffering.

Just like your skin and hair, your clothing attracts and retains tiny particles from your day. Try to wash clothing after each use to reduce exposure.

Perfumes and Candles:
Anything with fragrance added can irritate the lining of the eyelids and nasal passages.

Second hand smoke:
Smoke, be it cigarette, cigar, fire, is an irritant that can mess with your respiratory tract.

Dry, sunny, and windy days are most difficult for allergy sufferers. These are ideal conditions for trees to release pollen, meaning more of it will be in the air. Add in wind blowing pollen all around, that makes for a bad day for allergies.

Thank you to the HuffingtonPost for providing this list.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Allergy ProAction as Opposed to ReAction

Allergies are like so many other infections we are more likely to react to them rather than take precautions to prevent them. 

Your body needs regular maintenance and care. There are thousands of studies proving that you need a well balanced diet, regular exercise, and plenty of sleep. Your body also needs bacteria!


Yes! Your body needs bacteria to maintain a good, healthy immune system. 

Probiotics are bacteria and yeast that your body uses to team up with to promote its own strength. Specifically, your digestive system works best with a balance of good bacteria. When that balance is disturbed, often during illness or the use of antibiotics, you can consume probiotics which are found in supplements and foods. 

Stefano Guandalini, MD, professor of pediatrics and gastroenterology at the University of Chicago Medical Center, says “Probiotics can improve intestinal function and maintain the integrity of the lining of the intestines,” and his research and studies show, "In societies with very good hygiene, we’ve seen a sharp increase in autoimmune and allergic diseases.“That may be because the immune system isn’t being properly challenged by pathogenic organisms. Introducing friendly bacteria in the form of probiotics is believed to challenge the immune system in healthy ways.” (WebMD)

Activia (non-greek yogurt) offers the highest count of probiotics per serving.

The article linked above discusses a few different options for yogurts. 

Probiotics are most often consumed when eating dairy products, the most noted is yogurt. There are several supplemental forms of probiotics including powders, tablets and capsules. When selecting supplements remember that these products are not regulated by the FDA, so stick to well known, time tested companies and for concerns seek advice from your doctor or dietary consultant. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hypoallergenic Hotel Rooms

Hotels offering an optional upgrade of Hypoallergenic Rooms!

I recently stayed in a Hilton Hotel in Phoenix, AZ. One of the optional upgrade on the room was Hypoallergenic.  I was like, "What?"
Not I, nor my teens, knowingly suffer from allergies. With that said, we may have minor to moderate allergies and simply attribute the symptoms to other things.

Allergy-Friendly, Hypoallergenic, Allergen Clean... Rooms? What exactly does this mean? put together a list of the 7 Step Process involved in providing an Allergy Friendly Room.

1. Deep Clean Air-Handling Unit. This refers to the heating and air conditioning system. These units removed dust and allergens from the flow of air in the room.
2. PURE Tea Tree Oil Cartridge.  A cartridge of this tea tree oil, a natural antimicrobial and disinfectant is installed in the air-handling unit to maintain sanitized conditions.
3. Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning. A PURE cleaning solution should be used to remove dirt, as well as bacteria and mold from all soft surfaces.
4. One Time Shock Treatment. An advanced shock treatment destroys nearly all of the mold and bacteria from a room and all its contents.
5. PURE Shield. This bacteriostatic barrier is applied to all room surfaces to repel microorganisms.
6. Air Purification System. PURE’s air purifier is 24-hour defense against airborne irritants. 
7. Allergy-Friendly Bedding. PURE uses only micro-fiber, mono-filament mattress and pillow encasements for lesser risks of allergy at home. 

This is the process offered by one company to help purify a living space. I'm sure there are others.

Another service offered on The Pure Site is a Find a Room. The site asks for booking information and helps you locate hotels/rooms that meet their 7 step criteria.

I think the allergy friendly trend will catch on to the point that all motels/hotels will offer some if not all of their rooms this way.