Category Archives: Allergy Symptoms

Perennial Allergic Rhinitis – Symptoms and Management

Woman with allergy or cold symptoms

Rhinitis, or an inflammation of the nasal passages, can be caused by illness or allergy. Allergic rhinitis can present in three different forms: Seasonal, occupational, and perennial. If you suffer from allergy symptoms that last year-round you could have perennial allergic rhinitis. This is a common allergic disorder which affects between 10 and 20 percent of the U.S. Population. It can ... Read More »

Dairy Allergy and Intolerance – How To Tell The Difference?

Drinking milk

Milk allergy and lactose intolerance are not the same condition. Many people with an intolerance think that they are allergic but the two involve an entirely different process. True milk allergy involves a complex series of immune events generated by a protein. The symptoms caused from lactose intolerance come from a sugar.   Milk allergy Any protein found in dairy ... Read More »

Living With A Latex Allergy

Latex gloves

Latex allergy comes from an over-exuberant reaction to a rubber component from the body’e defenses, and can can produce a range of reactions. Latex is common in gloves and balloons but is present in many other things. It is estimated1 that in the general population, 0.8% to 8.2 % have some allergic component to latex proteins, however; many show no symptoms ... Read More »

A Guide To Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Allergic contact dermatitis from poison ivy

Allergic contact dermatitis is an allergic rash that develops when an allergen comes in contact with skin. It has many causes, it can be from a watch, snap on a pair of pants, or jewelry. It can be from the itch cream you put on something else or poison ivy. It is a “cell mediated type IV hypersensitivity reaction“. It ... Read More »

Allergic Conjunctivitis – A Common & Painful Eye Condition

Close up of allergic conjunctivitis of eye

Conjunctivitis is “pinkeye” –  an inflammation of the lining of the eye. The conjunctiva is the clear membrane that lines the outside of the eye. Conjunctivitis usually affects both eyes but it can be only one sided because of the asymmetric way the lymph vessels supply the eyes. The usual causes of conjunctivitis are bacteria, virus, allergy and chemical. Allergic ... Read More »

Do You Have An Allergy Or A Cold? How To Tell The Difference

Woman with allergy or cold symptoms

Allergy and cold symptoms can be very similar. Problems from both include nasal congestion, sneezing, cough, headache, fatigue and malaise (just feeling bad). How can one discriminate between a cold and allergies? It’s not always easy but there are some subtle differences, which we will point out for you in this article. Causes Even though they may feel the same, ... Read More »

Bee Sting Allergies – A Dangerous Problem!

Bee on flower

James Barber, M.D. This can be one of the most painful and dangerous allergies that a person could have in their DNA.  When stung by a bee, a person has a severe pain response.  All allergic responses are an attempt by the body to remove foreign particles.  When a person is exposed to any foreign substance, antibodies are created by ... Read More »

Anaphylaxis – The Most Dangerous Allergic Reaction

Ambulance

Anaphylaxis is a severe allergic reaction to an allergen. It can happen very quickly and is potentially fatal. The reaction will involve many different organs in your body. What does anaphylaxis look like? The main body systems affected by anaphylaxis are the skin, respiratory, cardiovascular, and digestive systems. Adults will usually start with skin symptoms. They will notice swelling and ... Read More »

What Causes Allergies – A Beginner’s Guide

allergy nasal symptom

 When someone has an allergic reaction, what is really happening?  You might wonder how so many different things seem to be able to create the same reaction. Read on to get the lowdown…   What happens to the body during an allergic reaction? Allergies start when your body mistakes a harmless substance to be a harmful intruder.  Normally our immune ... Read More »