After my son was diagnosed with food allergies, our traveling days came to an abrupt halt. To get back in the swing of things, we started slowly getting our feet wet by staying at the homes of close relatives . Gradually, we ventured out to hotels and condos. Today, we could probably camp out overnight with the contents of my purse! Traveling with food allergies does take more preparation but it’s worth it! If you’re feeling timid about taking food allergies on the road, here are a few tips to nudge you on your way. Planes, Trains and Automobiles A lot of allergy moms shy away from plane travel but if you fly first thing in the morning, and carry on your child’s food and drink, it can be quicker and easier than driving. Check out the airline’s policy on peanut or other allergens and always make your reservation over the phone. You can explain your child’s allergies in detail. Bring your own meals, snack...
The Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) recently announced this spring's "Allergy Capitals" for 2008. This is NOT a coveted award -- it's actually more like a booby prize if your city makes it on to this list.
Twice each year, once in the spring and once in the fall, the AAFA performs research to determine where the unhealthiest places in the United States are for people with allergies. They call these places the "most challenging" places to live. AAFA bases their determination for 100 metro areas on three main factors:
Pollen scores (airborne grass/tree/weed pollen and mold spores)
Number of allergy medications used per patient
Number of allergy specialists per patient
I'm happy to say that my state doesn't have any, but then we don't have all that many metro areas, either (I live in Idaho). The Allergy Capitals appear to be concentrated in the Northeast, MidAtlantic, South, and eastern Midwest areas, for the most part, as well as the West coast.
Experts have known for some time that having allergies increases the risk for developing asthma. Now, new research provides more evidence for this link. Research published by a division of the National Institutes of Health in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reveals that: more than half of the current asthma cases in the US can be attributed to allergy 30 percent of those cases are due to cat allergy, one of the more potent forms of allergy to animal dander the study looked a skin testing data from more than 10 thousand people, with allergies to all different types of substances the strongest relationship between asthma and allergies involved allergy to cats, white oak and a fungus called Alternaria Researchers stated that this study proved the environment often plays a major role in the development of asthma. However, they did find a number of cases where the asthma was NOT related to allergy, so more study is needed. Still, if you or your child have allergies, esp...
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