The medicine that we take to control our diabetes is wonderful, but like any medicine it comes with a whole bunch of problems. I’ve written about some of these problems here, like drug interactions in “Worst Pills?” and weight gain in “Our Double Bind”.
Especially serious, however, is when you are allergic to the medicine that your doctor prescribes. These allergic reactions can be life threatening.
Most disturbing is when you rely on insulin, and it turns against you. It doesn’t matter whether you use human insulin or an analog (pork and beef insulins aren’t available in the U.S. any more). You might experience either immediate or delayed allergic reactions from these insulins.
The full prescribing information for several insulins, including Lantus, Levemir, Humalog and Humulin, all warn about allergic reactions. They say that these reactions are rare.
What happened to a correspondent named Jim is the exception that proves the rule. “Unfortunately, there are people who are alle...
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...
<p><strong>What Is Allergic Rhinitis?</strong></p>
<p>Allergic rhinitis and related nasal or upper respiratory conditions involve inflammation of the mucous membranes in the nasal passages, caused by a hypersensitive response of the immune system to an airborne allergen or irritant. The specific allergens that trigger allergic rhinitis (commonly called hay fever, though neither hay or fever play a role) vary from person to person and often include pollen, mold, animal dander, or dust. There are two main types of allergic rhinitis: seasonal (spring through fall) and perennial (all-year long). Seasonal allergic rhinitis often is caused by outdoor allergens (mold spores and pollen from trees, grasses, and weeds) and perennial allergic rhinitis is an allergic reaction to indoor allergens (dust mites, mold spores, and animal proteins like saliva and cat dander).</p>
<p>Symptoms can occur at any age but usually first appear between ages 10 and 20,...
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