Environmental Allergies

Environmental Allergies

Environmental Allergies
With environmental allergies, reducing your exposure to whatever is irritating you is key. Some people are allergic to household cleaners such as laundry detergent, hence the many varieties of mild detergent. With common irritants like mold and dust, a cleaning routine can help. Reduce mold by removing houseplants, using a dehumidifier, avoiding carpet in the bathroom and cleaning indoor trash cans and shower curtains with a mix of water and chlorine bleach. Reduce dust by replacing carpets with wood or linoleum, removing drapes and feather pillows, regularly vacuuming soft furniture and floors, and washing bedding weekly.

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    Droppings and remains from cockroaches may cause an allergic reaction and asthma symptoms in some people.
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    Yes, a non celiac gluten sensitivity can surely be managed with diet. It's actually the only way to truly treat this autoimmune reaction to gluten. You want to avoid gluten containing foods if you react to this protein. To learn more, read this. If symptoms worsen after avoiding gluten, please seek the care of a gastrointestinal MD. 
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    Mold spores absolutely love moisture! They often grow on decaying vegetation or on the ground, so victims are likely inhale them while cleaning the basement, mowing the lawn, and raking leaves. Molds become airborne when you stir things up, but they can also enter your life via a breeze blowing through your open windows.

    Prime indoor mold real estate includes bathtubs, dirty laundry hampers, old newspaper piles, carpeting, fireplace logs, bathrooms, houseplant soil, foam rubber mattresses and pillows, and dark, damp basements. Leaky pipes or windows speed mold development, especially if water gets on your carpet. Humidifiers and vaporizers can also serve as a major source of mold indoors.

    Mold spores also love to travel. Air-conditioning vents in your home and your car have the best seating.
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    Although cockroaches scurry away when the kitchen lights come on, they leave behind droppings in the form of tiny pellets. The feces contain a digestive enzyme that is thought to be an allergen. And if that is not enough, consider this: Dead roach body parts, which are known to be allergens, adhere to dust particles. These, in turn, become airborne and can cause an allergic reaction when they enter the lungs, eyes, and nose. Extermination can increase the problem because there will be more dead body parts in the dust. For allergy-friendly roach control, it's best to use traps.

    Like dust mites, cockroaches enjoy a warm, humid environment. Not all cockroaches choose a life indoors, but the ones who enter homes to find food will live in any room, not just the kitchen.
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    Although anyone can develop an allergy to latex (that generally develops after repeated exposure to products containing natural rubber latex), the number of people who do is quite small considering the millions who are exposed every day to consumer products that contain natural rubber latex. Individuals with an increased risk are those who have spina bifida and have undergone numerous surgeries, those who are prone to allergies, health care workers, rubber industry workers and others who have regular, continuous contact with latex.
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    Idiopathic environmental intolerance (IEI), formerly called multiple chemical sensitivity, is characterized by a generalized sense of feeling unwell, which a patient attributes to low-dose exposure to chemicals such as mosquito spray, household cleaners, bleach, etc. Patients have reported many different kinds of symptoms which recur despite normal physical examination and laboratory testing. Patients go to great lengths to avoid the chemical they believe is triggering their symptoms, often becoming socially isolated from work colleagues, family and friends. There is a large body of data suggesting idiopathic environmental intolerance is a subtype of somatoform disorder, or related to clinical depression and anxiety. 
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    If you have a mold allergy, one way you can reduce your symptoms is by avoiding mold as much as possible. This doesn't mean you can't go outside, though, as long as you follow proper precautions. If you do go outside, consider wearing a face mask when doing yard work. Avoid going outside right after a rainstorm or during other foggy, wet conditions, since mold is very active during those times. Mold spores are also more prevalent at night, so try not to spend time outdoors at night, and keep bedroom windows closed overnight, too.
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    Latex allergy generally develops after repeated exposure to products containing natural rubber latex. When exposed to latex proteins, a latex-sensitive individual, whether a health care worker or a patient, may experience minor symptoms, such as hives or nasal congestion. Severe cases may result in anaphylaxis, a dangerous systemic reaction that causes a drop in blood pressure, difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat, tongue and nose, and even loss of consciousness and could be life-threatening if unattended. Emergency medical attention is needed at the first sign of anaphylactic reaction.
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