Hay fever relief: what can be done?

Feb 23

Hay fever relief is an issue for many sufferers. Learn what you can do to alleviate symptoms.

You’re having a great day, getting things done, then all of the sudden, for no reason at all, you start to sneeze. But then this sneeze seems to go on and on, causing your eyes to water, nose to run, and leave you feeling so tired that your whole day comes to a sudden stand still.

You are not alone, for millions around the earth today suffer from this same illness of “hay fever“.

Whether your in England, America, Brazil, Australia or New Zealand, there are people who suffer from these symptoms.

Hay fever is not a serious deadly disease to have, but its effects can cause great discomfort to those who suffer from it.

So what exactly is hay fever, and is there anything that can be done for those who suffer from it? Why do people suffer from hay fever? All of the answers are still not yet known to us, however, we do know that heredity can be a major factor. Apparently some 80% of hay fever sufferers have had some kind of family history with this illness. Even though it may be an inherited illness, the specific hay fever allergy may not be. For example a parent may suffer from asthma, but then the child may suffer from hay fever.

One other factor that may cause hay fever symptoms could be emotional stress, such as tension, overwork, fatigue, and extreme anger. But whether these symptoms alone can cause hay fever is an area that is still being researched today.

Another cause could be due to the environment that we live in today with the many pollutants in the air. However once again, exactly how much this contributes to the symptoms is still under research today.

One of the most common symptoms of hay fever is the continual sneezing and runny noses etc. What is the cause of sneezing? What happens with hay fever sufferers is that things such as dust in the air or pollen enters into the nasal passage and causes irritation to the nose. Sensitive nerve endings in the nose send a message to the brain. Then the brain sends a message back to the nose to provide a watery fluid to remove the unwanted object. The brain also will send another message to the lungs so that a lungful of air is inhaled, then another message to the vocal chords to seal off the air passage to prevent any air from, escaping. The muscles in the chest wall and abdomen then tighten, thus compressing the air that is in the lungs. Finally the vocal chords are told to relax, and the compressed air is then suddenly released, dislodging the unwanted object along with the watery fluid. All of this takes place suddenly, and without us even being aware of it.

For hay fever sufferers this is a continual event, especially in seasons when there is a lot of pollen etc. in the atmosphere.

Once the nasal passages are irritated and continuous sneezing begins, the slightest dust particles that would not normally cause irritation seems to start the sufferer in a sudden bout of sneezing. So it is easy to understand why hay fever sufferers do not like seasons of the year when strong, dry winds can blow for days at a time.

Hay fever is one of the most common allergic reaction found today. Even though hay fever is not considered as being a dangerous illness, it can cause great suffering to those who are victim to this illness.

The term “hay fever” is actually a misleading name given to it, since “hay” is not the cause of the symptoms, and there is no “fever” associated with it. What is generally considered to be the causes are things such as pollen, mould, even dust within the air systems. Hay fever usually happens most commonly in either spring or fall when grasses, weeds, trees are generally flowering.

So what can be done? Antihistamines and inhalants can control the worst of the symptoms.

Another thing that has helped many sufferers is maintaining a good diet and plenty of exercise, as this will increase the antibodies within our immune system. Effective cures for hay fever are still being researched and until then, we need to consider all cures available for this illness.

If you regularly entertain gusts in your house, then you may want to give kind consideration to those who may suffer from hay fever and eliminate anything that may cause a reaction within your home.For example making sure that our house is thoroughly dusted prior to their coming over, then we will eliminate those foreign objects that may upset them.

So, next time it is spring or fall(Autumn) in your area, you may want to give kind consideration for those who are suffering from hay fever.

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Milk allergy symptoms

Jan 01

Milk allergy symptoms

Milk allergy symptoms are sometimes confused with lactose intolerance but they are both very different. Like most allergies, a milk allergy is caused by a adverse reaction of the immune system to a protein. Lactose intolerance comes from a lack of the bodies production of lactase which is needed to digest milk. Many people incorrectly believe they have a chocolate allergy when the dairy ingredients in chocolate are responsible for their symptoms.

Milk allergies can occur in people of any age but they are most often found in infants, many of these infants may out grow their allergy. Milk allergy symptoms can happen anywhere from 1-24 hours after ingestion.

Milk Allergy Symptoms

Skin Rash


Dark circles under eyes

Stomach problems


Respiratory problems




Hyperactivity in young children


Eye/Ear irritation

Severe reactions may require a epinephrine shot immediately

How to treat milk allergy symptoms

Avoidance is the best treatment, reading ingredients and looking for any dairy. Not only do you need to look for traces of dairy but be on the lookout for casein and casinate.

Some people claim NAET can be a natural milk allergy cure, but there is no independent clinical proof.

Some symptoms can be treated with antihistamines, natural or over the counter.

Its important to replace the calcium that milk provides in your diet. You can do this by taking a daily supplement or eating more calcium rich foods. Foods like green vegetables, almonds and fish are good sources of natural calcium.

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Kick the Habit: How To Stop Smoking For Good

Dec 02

Kick the Habit: How To Stop Smoking For Good

Quitting smoking is not an easy task to do. Smoking is a habit already for smokers and removing it from their daily routine accompanied by the withdrawal symptoms they experience can make them feel distressed enough to stop quitting in the end. This is the reason why quitting smoking is a difficult job. To successfully quit smoking, one should keep in mind various tips and reminders on how to stop smoking for good.

There are several programs that experts prepared for smokers who want to quit smoking. One can undergo those programs or just do the task by himself. It would be a long and hard process if one will do the task all by himself, therefore support from family and friends should be taken into consideration. Reference materials and tips from former smokers can also help one in achieving success.

Conviction is the first requirement in this process. The smoker should decide by himself, with strong willpower and desire to truly, in his heart, to stop smoking. Many smokers who have smoked for a long time go back to smoking after a few days of refraining from doing it.

Withdrawal symptoms present the real battle in quitting smoking. These symptoms include headaches, diarrhea, constipation, anxiety and tingling sensations. Included in the list of the smoking withdrawal symptoms is the huge desire to smoke again. Headaches can be managed by breathing in fresh air and relaxation of the neck and the upper body. Diarrhea can be managed by eating more solid foods and less fruits. Constipation can be managed by eating more fruit and drinking plenty of water. Deep breathing exercises and peaceful activities can help in decreasing anxiety. A warm bath and massages can always help in decreasing the tingling sensations in the extremities. By doing activities that can divert one’s focus from smoking, the temptation can be avoided. Willpower and strong determination is the key.

Intake of water should not be forgotten. An adequate intake of water everyday will help remove the nicotine in the blood. Diet is also important. Alcohol, spicy foods, fried food and heavy meals all increase the craving to smoke cigarettes. For further help in quitting smoking, one may see a doctor for a nicotine replacement therapy which is proven to be very effective.

These reminders may seem very simple, but then again, learning how to stop smoking isn’t that simple. With conviction and strong willpower, plus keeping in mind of tips and reminders, one can definitely be successful in quitting smoking.

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Is There Really A Chocolate Allergy?

Nov 24

Is There Really A Chocolate Allergy?

Its hard to find someone who doesn’t like chocolate, but to understand what causes chocolate allergy symptoms we need to understand where chocolate comes from and how early pure unsweetened chocolate has evolved into what is today called chocolate.

Where is Chocolate From?

Chocolate comes from the cacao tree and is made from its seeds. The Cacao tree is native to Central America where chocolate has been consumed for thousands of years. Almost all early Central American cultures consumed chocolate either as a drink or in its pure unsweetened form. Chocolate was even used by some of these cultures like the Aztecs as a currency. The use of chocolate spread through Europe after the Spanish defeated the Aztecs. Unlike early chocolate consumption which  was unsweetened, sugar was added to create sweetened chocolate. Of course other ingredients slowly made their way into chocolate to add to taste and texture. Many so called chocolate allergy symptoms can be attributed to these added ingredients and the processing of modern chocolate.

Chocolate Allergy

The worst thing that someone with a sweet tooth can get is a chocolate allergy. Most of the allergies and intolerances are caused by ingredients as mentioned, allergies to cacao do occur but they are somewhat rare. The ingredients in chocolate  are among the leading allergy causing foods and include milk, peanuts, other nuts, wheat, corn, berries, egg and soy. Another problem is that much of the chocolate that is consumed is eaten by children and they are more susceptible to many food allergies and intolerances

Peanut allergies are a serious problem with chocolate and chocolate that does not contain peanuts will often be labeled as containing possible traces of peanuts. This is because though this chocolate may not directly contain nuts it may be made with equipment that was previously used with peanuts and even though the equipment has been cleaned it can still contain trace amounts of peanuts. Even if chocolate is made with equipment that is peanut free if peanuts are used else where in the building cross contamination can occur. Many large chocolate companies now go to great lengths to make sure their chocolate that is labeled peanut free contains no trace amounts. Chocolate companies have recognized that there is a large peanut free chocolate market.

Chocolate Allergy Symptoms

Symptoms from a chocolate allergy or chocolate ingredients related allergy can occur in minutes or hours after consumption. They may include rashes, hives, headaches, respiratory problems, and other immune related responses. Chocolate intolerance caused from ingredients are usually more intestinal like stomach aches and diarrhea.

Chocolate Allergy Prevention

The first step to avoiding a chocolate allergy is finding out which ingredient is causing your chocolate allergy symptoms, or if cacao is responsible. Your doctor will be able to diagnose this from a challenge test or some other form  of allergy testing. After your chocolate allergy is more accurately diagnosed as long as cacao in not at fault you may not have to avoid chocolate all together but instead can try buying chocolate without the ingredient that is responsible for your symptoms. If dairy is causing your problem, dairy free chocolate is available. Just about any type of chocolate can be found at health and specialty stores including wheat free, gluten free, egg free, soy free, and peanut free. If you want to avoid symptoms reading labels is very important and do not be afraid to ask questions most staff at health food stores are very familiar with allergy products. Lastly when buying any chocolate it may be worth spending a little more on quality as cheaper chocolate often contains more impurities.

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