“Defining allergy fact from fiction”

I’ve been busy lately, and am trying to organize my routine, so I can still have time to post and share interesting articles and research I come across with you, my readers.

Nowadays, there is so much information on the internet that it can often feel like you need to sift through fact and fiction or myth and reality. I always say to go with what you hear straight from a board-certified allergist and/or physician. Who knows what the real source is on the internet. I know if I have questions, whether it be about contact skin reactions, food reactions, potential allergic reactions to medications, I go to my allergist, and if he’s not available, then I’ll run it by my physician. And then, once they’ve diagnosed, or explained it to me, yes, I may do an internet search to see if others are living with the same challenges, because it’s nice to not feel alone.

I hope the following article will help you see some fact on a few topics you or perhaps someone you know believed, and in the end is fiction.

Defining allergy fact from fiction” – Press Release from American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

What was the biggest “Ah ha!” of this article, that you perhaps wish your friends or family read, so they would see that it is “just a myth”.

For me it is hands down #5; “I’m Allergic to Cats and Dogs, but Can Have a Hypoallergenic Breed”. So many people say “oh, it’s a poodle, you won’t be allergic”… actually, yes, I am.

Food-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis (FDEIA)

How much have you read or heard about food-dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis (FDEIA)? Perhaps this is the first time you hear about this condition. This is one of the reasons I always keep my Epipen on me. One would not want to find themselves without it in a time of need.

With FDEIA; “the patient may go through life eating the food they are allergic to without any reaction, and it’s only when they exercise afterwards that the anaphylaxis strikes.”

I highly recommend having a read through the article below, to hear about a young mans’ reaction.

To read more, go to: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2197842/Going-jog-Dancing-Or-just-doing-gardening–How-taking-exercise-trigger-deadly-food-allergy.html#ixzz261SAazOm

Back to School and Asthma

With classes approaching, asthmatics (children and young adults alike) will be faced with unique challenges and awareness of the triggers will be of great importance. How have you prepared for your child’ return to school in the past? If you are a University student, what does back to classes mean to you, that is if you were off for the summer…

I know I had a tough time, especially during pollen season. However, there is usually a work around, and hopefully some of your professors are understanding and willing to accommodate. In my own experience, discussing your allergies and asthma with the professor at the start of the course and/or making an appointment to talk with them during their office hours is always a GREAT idea!

Here’s an interesting article about back to school with asthma. http://www.fortmcmurraytoday.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3598314

XXI World Congress of Asthma is around the corner!

I am very excited to be attending thanks to Allergen NCE. There is a little more information on their website now about the topics that will be discussed and the FINAL Program is also up!

Looking through the numerous sessions, titles and keynotes & speakers has been extremely inspiring, as my primary concerns and interest lie in why asthma is on the rise, and, how to manage asthma in the work place or school. It is one thing to have a home that is clear of mold and dust and is controlled, however I haven’t quite figured out how to deal with alternate environments which have multiple triggers that are beyond my control.

Over the next few days, I will be looking through the program and trying to figure out which sessions I will be attending! It’s like looking at a menu! Hopefully I will be seeing some of you there!

BTW, I can’t seem to find abstracts yet either…


Anaphylactic reaction to meat after a tick bite

Have you or perhaps someone else suffered a reaction; perhaps hives or even anaphylaxis from eating a piece of red meat? I have listed a few links below which all address this. We do not always understand why why are having a reaction or what has caused it. These stories shed light on some of those “suspicious reactions” we may all be confused about.

CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/20/health/meat-tick-bite-allergy/index.html

Medical News Today: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/248211.php

Science Blog: http://scienceblog.com/55754/tick-bite-can-make-you-allergic-to-red-meat/


Time for a Haircut?

When you go to the salon to get your haircut, do you bring your own shampoo and conditioner or do you let them use theirs and possibly read the ingredients? With different salons I have done different things. If I am going to a new salon for the first time, I bring my own shampoo and conditioner. I always felt funny doing so, but I never got a funny stare or comment from anyone from doing so. A quick explanation why I was bringing my own for them to use was sufficient. The salon I now go to has a shampoo and conditioner that doesn’t irritate my scalp too much as it is without parabens and wheat and most fillers you find in other hair products.

One thing I came to terms with really quickly was the idea that I most definitely am not the only one to have an itchy scalp after using certain shampoos and/or conditioners, so never feel uncomfortable pulling my shampoo and conditioner out of my purse for them to use. At the end of the day, why give yourself an itchy scalp if you can go without? There’s absolutely no shame in bringing products you have history with and know will not make your scalp burn.

Perhaps you are reading this and don’t have allergies… If that’s the case, have you ever read the ingredient list on the shampoo or conditioner bottles?!?! some of them are soooo long.

I use Prairie Natural’s, what do you use?

Over and out.



One week closer…

Another weekly allergy injection come abd gone tonight and when it’s all said and done I am happy I didn’t skip it. Sometimes it’s really hard to convince one-self to get the injection every week. Today was somewhat slow and to be honest, I was very much looking forward to going home after work.

The last thing I want to associate these injections as is “a job”. I know that that would likely make it feel like a chore for me. Instead, on days like today when I wish I didn’t have to spend 2 hrs after work dedicated to my allergies, I tell myself; ” only 6 more injections after this one!” And it always works. I am big on goals and reaching maximum dose with these dust mite build up injections is my current goal and drive if you will. It surely keeps me going, as I know that my goal is achievable and in a reasonable amount of time as well.

Anyone else tackling allergy injections? How are you finding the build up phase? Any tips for the rest of us?