Dust Mite Allergy
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A dust mite allergy is a common allergic reaction. Dust mites live in household dust. Find out how to avoid this common dust allergy in this video.
Transcript: You may think you're allergic to dust, but for most people it's actually a microscopic insect, known...
You may think you're allergic to dust, but for most people it's actually a microscopic insect, known as a DUST MITE. Dust mites live IN the dust and ON your bedding and furniture. THEY are what cause the sneezing and watery eyes, asthma and even eczema. Dust mites, discovered in 1964, are tiny members of the spider family, about a third of a millimeter in length. Fortunately, dust mites don't bite, spread disease, or live on humans. But they DO eat skin - dead skin -and their waste is what causes allergic reactions. According to researchers, the mite can live for up to 30 days and drops about 20 fecal pellets per day. So just think of how many pellets are kicked up into the air while vacuuming, bed making, or just walking along a carpet.Dust mites nestle into mattresses, sheets and blankets, feather pillows and stuffed animals that collect our sloughed off skin cells and secretions. They also thrive anywhere that the humidity is above 55 percent, making most coastal areas ideal habitats.About 10 percent of the population is allergic to dust mites. If that includes you or someone in your family, you can limit exposure by: Wrapping mattresses, box springs, and pillows with mite-proof covers, Swapping upholstered furniture for wooden, leather, or vinyl, Using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter, And keeping stuffed toys washed, and off the beds. To learn more about allergies and their causes, check out other videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-07 | Tags »
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Now, it's easy to find out what you're allergic to. There are several ways to go about testing for allergies. Learn more about your options here.
Transcript: Finding out WHAT you're allergic to is easier than ever. Skin tests are usually given when your allergist...
Finding out WHAT you're allergic to is easier than ever. Skin tests are usually given when your allergist suspects the culprit to be an airborne, pet, food or chemical allergen. However, if you have had a severe allergic reaction or anaphylaxis, then you may have a blood test, which is less likely to trigger symptoms in the highly sensitive. Skin tests introduce potential allergens into your system via a skin prick, an injection or a patch. The skin prick produces results in about 10 to 12 minutes. If a red, itchy rash appears, then that substances is something you are allergic to. The stronger your skin's reaction, the more intense your allergy.The intradermal injection is a good back up if the skin prick doesn't provide results, but it does produce more false positives and can cause anaphylaxis in those that are severely allergic. The skin PATCH is taped to your back for 24 to 72 hours. It is often used to check for contact dermatitis-that is allergic skin reactions caused by contact with various substances. Before you are tested, discuss your other health conditions with your allergist and provide information on all medications you are taking. You may need to stop taking some medicines, such as tricyclic antidepressants and antihistamines, if you've opted for the skin test. Blood tests aren't affected by antidepressants and antihistamines and may be a good choice if your suffering from eczema or another painful skin allergy. To find out how to treat common allergies, check out more videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2013-04-05 | Tags »
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Many over the counter allergy meds can offer you major relief from symptoms. While there may be no cure for allergies, the right ingredient can really change your day.
Transcript: There may be no cure for allergies. But with a dose of the right medicine, they can be controlled.There...
There may be no cure for allergies. But with a dose of the right medicine, they can be controlled.There are five types of allergy medications - antihistamines, decongestants, combination drugs, corticosteroids and mast cell stabilizers. And there is also immunotherapy-the so called "allergy shots"-that are used to help prevent allergies altogether. Antihistamines bind to receptors to block the release of histamines from mast cells. Histamines are what cause allergy symptoms, such as itchy red eyes, a runny nose or hives. They are available both as prescriptions and over-the-counter. Decongestants, as the name implies, relieve congestion by shrinking blood vessels in the nose, relieving pressure and that stuffy feeling. They come as pills, liquids, sprays and drops. However, the sprays and drops can only be used for a few days, or you may develop rebound congestion.. All decongestants have side effects, including insomnia. And anyone with high blood pressure should consult a doctor before taking ANY decongestant in any form. Combination drugs contain both an antihistamine and a decongestant. Corticosteroids, more commonly known as steroids, are used to reduce inflammation. When used for an allergy they come as a pill, nasal spray, topical cream, eye drop or in an inhaler. Some are over-the-counter, others by prescription only.For allergic asthma, for example, they may be used daily, even when you are not having symptoms. And it may take a few days or weeks before their benefits take effect. For something like allergic hives, you may use only occasionally, as needed. Depending on how the steroids are taken or used, side effects can include weight gain, high blood pressure and, rarely, muscle weakness. Mast cell stabilizers stop the release of histamine from mast -cells. They come as a nasal spray or an eye drop and in an inhaler. The inhaler is used to prevent allergic asthma attacks, since it helps reduce inflammation, especially in the smooth muscles of the bronchial tubes. Immunotherapy is the closest thing we have to a cure. Immunotherapy-that's what treatment with ALLERGY SHOTS is called-- has been around for a long time and has been shown to be very effective. However, not everyone can safely receive them and only an allergist can determine that.Allergy shots are generally recommended if you suffer from allergies more than three months out of the year or are prone to anaphylaxis. The shots contain small traces of whatever allergens you react to, and with each injection the amount is increased so that your immune system builds up a tolerance over time. Allergy shots are particularly effective for reducing reactions to pollens and molds, and to insect stings. They are not as effective for food-related allergies. Sublingual immunotherapy-that's using DROPS placed under the tongue instead of SHOTS-- is increasingly common in the U.S., although it is an "off-label" use of the same substances used in the injections. Only a board certified allergist can determine what form of immunotherapy is best for you-depending on the type of allergies you nay have and their severity. So, how will you manage your allergies? To learn about common allergy symptoms, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-27 | Tags »
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Allergies in children develop at an early age, but you can take steps to prevent them. Try these tips to prevent childhood allergies.
Transcript: Childhood allergies may appear because of a genetic predisposition-If both parents have allergies, there...
Childhood allergies may appear because of a genetic predisposition-If both parents have allergies, there is a 75 percent chance their child will too. But it takes some kind of environmental trigger to turn that predisposition into a certainty. And there is really no way to know what exactly can act as the trigger.However, if you want to help increase the chances that your child will NOT develop allergies, here are a few things to try. Bring a pet into the house. An 18-year study of 500 kids found that boys and girls who are raised around cats are half as likely to develop pet allergies as children who have not lived with the animals. As for exposing infants to dogs-BOYS had their risk of allergies slashed in half. But GIRLS under the age of one who live with dogs are at an INCREASED risk of developing a pet allergy. More controversial is the idea of allergen introduction. Some doctors advocate eating highly allergic foods, such as nuts, seeds and soy, throughout a pregnancy to help build tolerance in the fetus. But other doctors warn that eating an allergen-packed diet may do the opposite, resulting in allergies after birth. Another theory is that breast-feeding a newborn for at least 4 months may strengthen the infant's immune system and make a child more allergy RESISTANT. But recently, research has indicated that the protective power of nursing -at least in terms of ALLERGY PREVENTION-may be exaggerated.Keep in mind that while your toddler may not exhibit allergies a child can develop allergies at any time. IF they do, take your child to an allergist for treatments to ease the symptoms and to protect the child from developing more SEVERE reactions, such as allergic asthma or even anaphylaxis. To find out about the most common allergies, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-29 | Tags »
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Hay fever is the term for seasonal allergies. What triggers hay fever? Watch this to get details from an allergist.
Transcript: What is hay fever? Hay fever is the vernacular name for seasonal pollen allergies-you may SAY you have...
What is hay fever? Hay fever is the vernacular name for seasonal pollen allergies-you may SAY you have HAY fever, but not be allergic to hay at all. Most people with hay fever ARE allergic to trees, weeds and grasses. Spring, summer and fall, their pollen can cause sneezing, a runny nose, itchy eyes, a sore throat, dark circles under the eyes, post nasal drip and coughing.More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-07 | Tags »
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Celiac disease, gluten allergy, gluten intolerance-- what's the difference between all of these gluten problems? Get it straightened out in this video.
Transcript: What is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley and lots of processed foods-from soy...
What is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley and lots of processed foods-from soy sauce to catsup. If you have the autoimmune disease CELIAC, a gluten ALLERGY or are gluten SENSITIVE, eating it can cause wide range of symptoms. In celiac disease, gluten inflames the intestines, causing malabsorption, malnutrition, and severe digestive upset. Gluten allergy can trigger headaches, eczema, and stomach problems. And gluten sensitivity causes digestive distress. Although gluten is not a nutrient we need, it's in foods that are packed with essential vitamins and minerals. If you can't eat gluten, make sure your diet makes up for these lost building-blocks of good health.More »
Last Modified: 2013-03-07 | Tags »
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The most common causes of anaphylaxis are things that most people take for granted. Watch this to find out what people at risk for life-threatening allergies have to avoid.
Transcript: One person's FAVORITE meal is another's ticket to the emergency room. Many tasty foods, especially peanuts...
One person's FAVORITE meal is another's ticket to the emergency room. Many tasty foods, especially peanuts and tree nuts, shellfish, cow's milk, soy and eggs, can trigger a severe allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis. Untreated, it can result in death. But an injection of epinephrine can stop the life-threatening symptoms, such as low blood pressure, swelling of the throat, tongue and face, difficulty breathing, hives, dizziness, and fainting. Food allergens ARE the most common triggers of anaphylaxis -they're behind about 100 of the 500 to 1,500 anaphylaxis deaths in the U.S. each year. However, the cause of anaphylaxis is unidentified in one-third to two-thirds of patients. Other KNOWN triggers of anaphylaxis include: Insect stings and bites, such as those from BEES, wasps, and fire ants. Medications, such as ANTIBIOTICS, anti-seizure drugs, and painkillers. And latex, especially when it comes in contact with moist areas of skin and mucous membranes or the inside of the body during surgery. Interestingly, the first time an at-risk person comes in contact with a potential allergen it sensitizes their system, but they do NOT experience an allergic reaction. On the SECOND or third exposure, though, the immune system reacts to the allergen as a HARMFUL invader, and releases excessive amounts of histamine, which cause the life-threatening symptoms of anaphylaxis. If you've had a severe reaction to one of these common allergens BEFORE, you're likely to have another. So stay away from the allergen if you can, and be prepared in advance with an epinephrine injector.More »
Last Modified: 2013-07-03 | Tags »
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You might think that you can stop carrying your epinephrine auto injector because you haven't had a reaction in years. But that's not the case-- watch this video to learn why you should always be prepared.
Transcript: Do you think you have such good control over your severe allergies that you don't need an epipen? Well...
Do you think you have such good control over your severe allergies that you don't need an epipen? Well think again. Allergy triggers are everywhere. You never know when you'll come face to face with one and you'll need your epipen IMMEDIATELY. No matter how well you've been able to avoid the substance that causes your allergy, you can't control every situation. For instance: a coworker has just been eating peanuts at the lunch table and forgets to wipe it clean. You sit down there and suddenly your throat starts closing up. THEN you realize you don't have your epipen. One study found that in the 500-1,500 deaths that occur each year in the US from anaphylaxis, none of those people had access to epinephrine soon enough to prevent disaster. And having just ONE pen isn't smart, either. Because your allergy is life-threatening, you should have injectors with you, wherever you spend the most time-- such as at home, school, work, in the car or at the gym. And...please don't just reach for the old epipen you keep in the closet, now that you're motivated to start packing it again. If it's damaged or expired, it won't work when you need it. Get a refill from your doctor so you can start fresh. If you happen to be a traveler, be sure to research transportation guidelines for carrying injectable meds. Also, if travelling internationally, learn how to say and write the names of your triggers in the language of the country you're visiting. It's important to be prepared whenever, wherever. It can save your life!More »
Last Modified: 2013-07-03 | Tags »
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