Category Archives: Allergies

COMPLICATIONS OF RHINITIS: DISORDERS THAT MASQUERADE AS SINUSITIS

Not everything that looks and feels like sinusitis will be sinusitis. You should be aware of the common conditions that might seem to be sinusitis, but that are not: Angioedema (allergic swelling) This is a localized swelling of the skin and tissues under the skin due to an allergic reaction to something. If it occurs […]

COPING WITH THE MODERN ENVIRONMENT: TAKING THE MEDICAL HISTORY

The taking of a medical history also reveals the difference between ours and the traditional approach. Traditional medicine is centered on the body and its various organs. It is called anthropocentric, or body-centered, medicine. A traditional doctor is mainly concerned with treating the body and focusing primarily upon the most distressing physical symptom or “chief […]

OTHER FORMS OF FOOD ALLERGY: A ROLE FOR FOOD?

There are various causes for vasculitis and purpura. Infections can precipitate an attack, as can certain drugs. A shortage of platelets, the tiny particles in the blood that promote clotting, can also lead to purpura – such a shortage occurs in some autoimmune diseases, where the body attacks its own tissues. If all these possibilities […]

ALLERGY\MEDICAL HELP: THE AIM OF THE NEUTRALISATION

The aim of the neutralisation testing is to find the strongest extract which does not cause a reaction in the skin – that is, that does not result in an increase in the size of the weal. After a positive reaction, a weaker dilution is tried, using the same procedure. If that is positive, the […]

WATER FILTERS\ACTIVATED CARBON FILTERS: ACTIVATED CARBON FILTERS

Activated Carbon (AC) filters are designed around activated carbon, a form of carbon which has been steam-treated. These work by adsorption, mopping up contaminant chemicals which pass through the filter and stick to the filter medium. They can absorb organic chemicals, pesticides and chlorine; many filter cartridges also contain ion exchange resins which reduce metals. […]

ALLERGY AND YOUR CAR/CAR FILTERS: AIR INTAKE FILTERS

There are two basic types of car filters: • Air intake filters • Portable interior filters Air Intake Filters Air intake filters work by fitting thick fabric or electrostatic filters over the air intake to the ventilation and heating system of a car, to prevent or reduce particles, such as pollens or fumes, entering the […]

ALLERGY AND PERSONAL HYGIENE PRODUCTS: TOOTHPASTE AND SOAPS

Toothpaste Flavourings (such as menthol or thymol) and active ingredients in toothpastes can cause reactions. Herbal toothpastes can equally give you trouble. Here are two alternative toothpowders: • Mix one part salt with two parts sodium bicarbonate. Apply to brush with a little water and use as usual. • Use sodium bicarbonate on its own […]

ALLERGY TO FURNITURE: WHAT CAUSES PROBLEMS?

If you are allergic to house dust mites, or to moulds, these are the most likely causes of reactions to older furniture. Both house dust mites and moulds thrive in damp, dark, warm places. If pets sleep or rest on furniture, the cause may be allergens that they have left behind. Try the avoidance measures […]

FOOD SENSITIVITY: SOME CASES WHEN UNDERTAKING AN EXCLUSION DIET IS DIFFICULT

If You Are Vegetarian If you are vegetarian, you will have realised by now that it is difficult to undertake an exclusion diet and to stick to a vegetarian regime. Some of the most common problem foods – eggs, cow’s milk, cheese, grains, nuts, beans, soya, pulses – are the building blocks of a vegetarian […]

OTHER TESTS FOR ALLERGY

There are other tests available that, it is claimed, can identify allergies and other sensitivities. These include the cytotoxic test, in which white blood cells are exposed to allergens. This has been shown to be a valid test, but accurate only in up to 70 per cent of cases. Until its accuracy can be improved, […]