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...
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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