So, I left my office for a stroll in the summer sunshine, to breathe in some fresh air and stretch my legs and within five minutes my nose was stuffed, my mouth, tongue and lips were itchy and the insides of my ears were itchy too.
What was going on?
As of August 12th, here in New York, I was an itchy-mouth mess all due to an allergy to ragweed.
What is an allergy? Just to recap: allergies are an overreaction of a person's immune system to substances that normally cause no problems. These allergenic substances can cause allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, urticaria, dermatitis and even anaphylaxis.
What is ragweed? Dr. James Thompson on this site has written an excellent post all about ragweed allergy and managing it during the fall season .
For those of you wondering just what the deal is, according to Wikipedia: [Ragweed] is highly allergenic, generally considered the greatest allergen of all pollens, and the prime cause of hay fever in North Ame...
Tongue tie is a condition in which the bottom of the tongue is attached to the floor of the mouth by a band of tissue called the lingual frenulum.
This connection restricts the free movement (range of motion) of the tongue's tip.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The exact cause of tongue tie is not known.
Genes may be involved, because tongue tie is reported more often in some families.
Is the Tongue Patch the Next Weight Loss Innovation?
The tongue patch procedure prevents the consumption of solid food and promises weight loss.
What is the Tongue Patch Diet?
The tongue patch procedure may be the latest fad for those looking for a quick way to slim down: A mesh patch is sewn into the tongue to cause pain and prevent the consumption of solid foods, leading to rapid weight loss. Or at least that is the claim by the procedure’s creator, Dr. Nikolas Chugay at Chugay Cosmetic Surgery Medical Clinic Inc. in Beverly Hills, California.
“We are now approaching 100 patients treated with the procedure. While it is definitely outside the norm and an off label use of the mesh, patients understand ?this is an extreme procedure to help them deal with a serious problem...obesity. The large majority of the patients that we have treated are significantly overweight with BMI's over 35. While the procedure is not for ever...
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