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14/Oct/2019

If you are a chronic allergy sufferer, you may manage your allergies effectively because it is a part of your daily routine — but you may experience more symptoms from the food you eat. Whether you manage allergy symptoms year-round or occasionally, you may encounter additional symptoms despite your attempts to manage allergies with medication or immunology treatments such as shots or sublingual drops. With Halloween approaching sweet treats are apart of the fun, however, the sugar that you consume can also be a culprit to your allergy problems.

This does not mean you are allergic to sugar, but there is a correlation with peak allergy season and certain foods like ones that contain high levels of sugar.

Inflammation

When sugar enters the body, it causes inflammation no matter if you have allergies or not. This inflammation may not be something immediately noticed however, if allergies are a concern — it is your allergic reaction to the environment that will be worse. For example, mold, ragweed, and even dust cause allergic reactions — but when allergens increase, this can send your immune system responses into a heightened state when combined with an increase in inflammatory foods that contain sugar.

Children & Sugar

When you have a child who has environmental allergies, it is essential to keep in mind the impacts of eating those Halloween treats. You may notice that your child feels worse after eating sugary snacks — fatigue and they may struggle to focus in class or on other tasks.  Refined sugar will pull double duty on stuffy noses and raise blood sugar levels. Even an increase in blood sugar levels causes additional inflammation and limits the body’s ability to fight off the allergens.

Reducing Symptoms

If you and your children plan to enjoy Halloween trick-or-treating, then there are some ways to reduce the impacts of the increased sugar and environmental allergic reactions.

Make sure you or your child take any prescription medication as recommended by your doctor.

If you are not on a prescription, then you should consider an over-the-counter medication a week before Halloween festivities begin. Be mindful of the side effects such as drowsiness, excitability, or dry mouth.

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Be mindful of other foods you eat the week before Halloween. Reduce any other sugary foods and snacks prior to trick or treating.

After Halloween

  • Limit the number of candy/sugary snacks in one sitting.
  • If it is your child, then limit his or her treats to after a meal.
  • If you or your child have just come in from the outdoors and notice that allergies have flared, avoid sugar altogether.

If you notice that your child’s allergy symptoms increase during times like fall and spring and more so when they eat certain foods, make an appointment to visit with our staff and discuss testing and treatment options. If you suspect food allergies, there are tests that you and your child can have completed by the doctor. Stay healthy and safe this Halloween.

 


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29/Jul/2019

50 million people suffer from allergies each year in the United States, according to the College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.  Managing allergies is not a small task, and to do a great job requires being proactive versus reactive once an allergy triggers a reaction.  Here are five tips in surviving allergies.

Know Your Symptoms

To remain proactive, you first have to identify what triggers your allergies.  The range can be significant depending on the severity; However, it is important not to dismiss some of these symptoms as ‘the sniffles.’

  • Runny Nose
  • Itchy Eyes
  • Sore Throat
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Skin Rash

Keep Allergens Outside

The first step is to keep allergens outside your home.  Walking to your mailbox or walking the dog is a sure way for those annoying allergens to sneak right into your house.  They attach to your hair and get into your pet’s fur.  So, if you have to be outside for any length of time, make sure you wash your face and change your clothes immediately and when time permits, shower and wash your hair.   Wipe your pet down before you go inside the house.

Make Your Home a Sanctuary

We all want comfort in our homes.  Relax, read, or enjoy a great show and spend time with family.  That is hard to do if you feel lousy.  There are things that you can do inside your home to keep your allergen defense up.  Refrain from using a ceiling fan, especially at night when you are sleeping.  Clean your blinds and avoid hanging curtains for window coverings.  If you love carpet, you may have to admire it somewhere other than your home.  Carpet traps dust, mites, and allergens, and no matter how often you vacuum, it is impossible to rid your carpet of allergens 100 percent.

Antihistamines

It is best practice to take your antihistamines weeks before the allergy season begins.  Depending on where you live, and your unique allergies will be the factors you need to consider when deciding when to start and which medications are best for you.  Sites you can check when and what is pollinating in your local area.  If over-the-counter medications aren’t helping, it is essential to check in with your doctor to find if a prescription would be better.

Medicine for Your Nose

There is a lot to choose from for nose sprays to curtail the allergens getting into your nasal lining that creates inflammation.  If your sinuses are suffering, there are sprays that help.  The best ones contain AstelinAstepro, and Patanase.  These will help with congestion and are less likely to cause drowsiness.  The medications that have these ingredients are by prescription only, so you will need to contact your doctor for an appointment.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C gets a lot of attention for its benefits.  This can’t be over-emphasized for allergies.  Vitamin C helps your adrenal glands by fighting the inflammation caused by histamine in the body.  Make sure you are taking your multivitamin and take an additional vitamin C supplement.

 


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