Health Tip: Manage a Latex Allergy

— Latex may be found in products such as balloons, dishwashing gloves, waistbands, rubber toys, pacifiers, rubber bands and tape. If you have a latex allergy, exposure can cause a reaction ranging from sneezing, coughing, a rash and chest tightness to anaphylactic shock. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to manage a latex […]

Scientists reveal active role of IgG antibodies in severity of anaphylaxis

The most severe allergic reaction, anaphylaxis (or anaphylactic shock), is the result of an inappropriate immune reaction following the introduction of a usually harmless antigen into the body. The production of antibodies against this antigen (or allergen) allows the formation of antibody-antigen complexes that trigger a massive secretion of potent mediators, resulting in organ failure, […]

IgG antibodies activate blood platelets and contribute to the severity of anaphylaxis

The most severe allergic reaction, anaphylaxis (or anaphylactic shock), is the result of an inappropriate immune reaction following the introduction of a usually harmless antigen into the body. The production of antibodies against this antigen (or allergen) allows the formation of antibody-antigen complexes that trigger a massive secretion of potent mediators, resulting in organ failure, […]

What are the symptoms of citrus allergy?

What are the symptoms? Causes Foods to avoid Alternative foods When to see a doctor Diagnosis Skin tests Blood tests What are the treatment options? Medication Immunotherapy Emergency epinephrine Takeaway A person with a citrus allergy experiences a reaction when they come into contact with fruits such as oranges, lemons, and limes. While this allergy […]

Seasonal allergy symptoms can be misunderstood for learning disabilities in young children

Seasonal allergies can be a nuisance for children as well as adults. And in some young children, the symptoms of seasonal allergies can be mistaken for inattentiveness or learning disabilities. Dr. Maria Garcia-Lloret, a pediatric allergist at the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, explains that certain symptoms characteristic of learning disabilities or behavioral problems, such as […]

Can you have a garlic allergy?

Symptoms Causes Foods to avoid Allergy testing Outlook Garlic is a bulb from the lily family. Used to flavor foods, it is also widely sold as a powder or oil. Some people take garlic supplements for their potential benefits, such as lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure. True garlic allergies are rare, and a person […]

Why does eating give me a runny nose?

Symptoms Causes Gustatory rhinitis Allergic rhinitis Food allergies Vasomotor rhinitis Diagnosis Treatment Outlook Having a runny nose after eating is usually associated with eating spicy food, but there are many other reasons that your nose can run while eating. Some have nothing to do with the type of food but instead are symptoms of other […]