Questions come up from time to time from people who believe they may have an alcohol allergy. So I thought it might be helpful to provide an overview of alcohol allergies -- what they are, how to know if you might have one, and how to deal with them.
Let's face it -- if you overindulge in alcohol, whether it's all the time or just every now and then -- you're probably going to feel sick the next day. Pounding headache, nausea and shakiness are the classic symptoms of a hangover.
But some people feel sick after drinking even small amounts of alcohol, and although it's slightly possible they are just overly sensitive to the intoxicating effects of the alcohol, it might be that they are actually overly sensitive to ingredients found in the alcohol.
In reality, this is more of a food intolerance than a food allergy. Still, it can be a bother to deal with.
What You're Really Allergic To
Chances are, if you do have alcohol allergies, it's not actually to the ethanol in the alcohol you've dr...
Pediatricians, general practitioners, internists, allergists and
pulmonologists can all treat asthma and allergies.
Allergists or immunologists are internists and pediatricians,
who have additional training in the immune system and special
skills in evaluating and treating asthma and allergies.
They become board certified when they pass an examination in the
specialty area of allergy and immunology. Because allergists tend
to see more allergic and asthmatic people than other kinds of
doctors, they are more experienced in treating them.
This is especially important because about 90 percent of
children and 50 percent of adults with asthma have allergies that
trigger asthma symptoms. Identifying and learning to control these
allergies can be the key to better asthma control.
Your primary care physician may refer you to an allergist to
test you for allergies and to get your asthma under better control.
Once your asthma and allergies are better controlled, you can
expect to visit your alle...
Prevention Breast-feeding children for at least 4 months or more may help prevent atopic dermatitis cow milk allergy, and wheezing in early childhood. However, changing a mother's diet during pregnancy or while breast-feeding does not seem to help prevent allergy-related conditions. For most children, changing diet or special formulas does not seem to prevent these problems. If there is a family history of eczema and allergies in a parent, brother, or sister, discuss the infant feeding with your child's doctor. The timing of introduction of solid foods in general, as well as use of several specific foods, can help prevent some allergies. There is also evidence that infants exposed to certain airborne allergens (such as dust mites and cat dander) may be less likely to develop related allergies. This is called the "hygiene hypothesis" and sprang from observations that infants on farms tend to have fewer allergies than those who grow up in environments that are more sterile. Once allergies ha...
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