Peanut Allergy

Peanut allergy is one of the most common causes of severe allergy attacks. Peanut allergy symptoms can be life-threatening (anaphylaxis). For some people with peanut allergy, even tiny amounts of peanuts can cause a serious reaction. Peanut allergy has been increasing in children. Even if you or your child has had only a mild allergic reaction […]

Complications of Mold Allergies

Most allergic responses to mold involve hay fever-type symptoms that can make you miserable, but aren’t serious. However, certain allergic conditions caused by mold are more severe. These include: Mold-induced asthma. In people allergic to mold, breathing in spores can trigger an asthma flare-up. If you have a mold allergy and asthma, be sure you […]

Can Local Honey Help Allergies?

Some people have suggested that honey consumption may be linked to a reduced risk of allergies, especially when the honey comes from local bees, which presumably visit many of the plants involved in provoking a local allergy sufferer’s symptoms. According to this popular belief, exposure to local honey works somewhat like a vaccine against local […]

Ragweed Allergy – Part 2

How Is It Diagnosed? To identify an allergy to ragweed or one of its relatives, requires a careful medical history, a physical exam and testing. The main approach to confirm a suspected allergy is the skin sensitivity test. For this, the skin is scratched or pricked with extract of ragweed pollen. In sensitive people, the […]

Fall Allergies – Part 1

It’s fall, and the blooms of summer have faded. So how come you’re still sneezing? Fall allergy triggers are different, but they can cause just as many symptoms as you have in spring and summer. What Causes Fall Allergies? Ragweed is the biggest allergy trigger in the fall. Though the yellow-flowering weed usually starts releasing […]

Allergy: Disease & Symptoms – Part 2

Symptoms of Allergic Disease A variety of symptoms can result from IgE-mediated hypersensitivity and resultant exposure to histamine and other mediators. The most common are allergic rhinitis and allergic rhino-conjunctivitis, or essentially, runny itchy noses and eyes. Symptoms include: sneezing, itching nose, eyes, ears and palate, rhinorrhea (runny nose), postnasal drip, congestion, the inability to […]