Allergy to Infant Formula

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When you look at formula for babies, you have to understand that certain formulas for babies can cause difficulties.  Usually, though, what doctors do if someone is allergic is physicians actually look at a soy formula because soy formula is one of the ones that is the easiest to tolerate.  Doctors often say that if children are having problems beyond the soy formula, then they need to get it checked out and evaluated by the pediatrician.  What you don’t want to have a child do is have severe diarrhea which is uncontrolled. 

 

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Causes of Throat Pain

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Throat pain is a problem if you’re someone who is using your voice on a regular basis, especially as you go through allergy season. Throat pain isn’t always a strep infection, it isn’t always pharyngitis. It can be a result of postnasal drip from the sinuses being congested. You get that fluid going in the back of your throat, and that actually can lead to discomfort and pain. There are many things that throat pain can be attributed to. Try to look into the throat and understand the cause.

Pressure and Stress Can Influence Allergies

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Can pressure lead to allergic symptoms? It’s a very interesting concept. If you’re under pressure at work, and feel that there’s a great deal of stress on you, it, actually, can cause your immune system to work extra hard. There’s a theory out there that people under pressure actually begin to have more and more problems with their allergies. It’s a concept that’s very interesting, but experts do find it somewhat true that when people are under pressure, they have that difficulty and it’s a difficulty that’s often tough to control.

 

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Allergies May Be Linked to Depression

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There is disturbing news from the University of Maryland.  Researchers have found that seasonal allergies might be associated with mood disorders, including depression.  We’ve long recognized the association between seasonal allergies and fatigue.  The latest report echoes what scientists found in 1999.  Back then, a study of 7,000 patients found people with hay fever were twice as likely to be diagnosed with major depression.  Why’s this the case?  Well, the latest theory is very technical.  According to researchers at the Association of Allergies and Scientific Analysis of Allergies, chemicals called cytokines are released in the nose during an allergic reaction.  This activates a chemical called indolamine 2, 3-dioxygenase that slows down serotonin production.  It’s a chemical in the brain that is linked to depression. 

 

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Ragweed and Oral Allergy Syndrome

Ragweed and Oral Allergy Syndrome

It is called oral allergy syndrome and there is an obvious culprit that starts to bloom in mid-August. It’s every year, and even though we’re far away from it in December, it happens again and again. It’s called ragweed. There are 36 million people who suffer from ragweed allergy, but a significant percentage of these sufferers also have what used to be called pollen food syndrome. It’s now known as oral allergies syndrome. It’s due to a cross reactivity between ragweed and similar proteins that are found in various fresh fruits and vegetables. The classic symptoms include itchiness, tingling, or swelling of the mouth. It can also affect the tongue and the throat. One of the keys is that it happens immediately after eating fresh fruit, vegetables and other foods. Some of the common foods interacting with ragweed are banana, cucumber, zucchini, and melon.

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Evaluating Medication Allergies

Evaluating Medication Allergies

There are many people who have allergies to different medications, and these medication allergies can be frustrating to deal with. Sometimes there’s a medication allergy that is made worse by another medicine you’re taking at the same time. This process of synergy actually can be a very difficult process when physicians are trying, as detectives in medicine, to try to figure out what’s causing the allergic symptoms. Medication allergies, linked with others, have to be treated seriously. You really have to evaluate it and try to find out what’s going on.

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Medication Errors Often Confused with Allergies

Medication Errors Often Confused with Allergies

One of the things that doctors find often gets confused with allergy is what they call a medication error. A medication has been given to a patient and it’s not given at the right dosage or it’s not the right medication. When that happens, people can actually get a reaction. That reaction is often confused and can look like it’s an allergic reaction. It’s very important if you’re on medications and you’re starting to feel strange, that you look at the medication as a potential cause of a possible problem.

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