As many as 1 in 50 people are at risk for anaphylaxis which is a severe, rapidly progressive, potentially life threatening allergic reaction. Anaphylaxis can occur from a variety of substances such as foods, medications, or insect venoms. Signs of anaphylaxis can include hives, swelling, shortness of breath, coughing, dizziness, low blood pressure or passing out. People are not born allergic to these substances but can become susceptible to developing an allergy after exposure.
Did you know that over 25 million Americans suffer from asthma, 17+ million are adults and 6+ million are children? If you suffer from asthma, it is likely that you might experience symptoms when you exercise, known as Exercise Induced Bronchospasm (EIB). Additionally, there are some who cough, wheeze or get excessively short of breath only when they exercise. These individuals have what is termed Exercise Induced Asthma (EIA); many are elite athletes whose frequent training or overtraining can cause damage to the lungs. Researching this condition might confuse you and honestly, it’s just semantics when you break it down between EIB and EIA. For all intents and purposes, we’ll refer to this condition as EIB.
If you suffer from hay fever and you have experienced itchy mouth, palate, or scratchy throat after eating certain raw fruits and vegetables or tree nuts, you may have oral allergy syndrome (also known as pollen-food syndrome). Oral allergy syndrome (OAS) is caused by cross reacting allergens (proteins) found in both pollens and raw fruits, vegetables, and some nuts. As these food and pollen proteins are very similar in structure, our immune system recognizes them as identical and directs an allergic response against both of them.
“Mom, I don’t feel good.”
“Dad, I have a sore throat.”
You hear these words just as your child is waking up to get ready for school. You think, “Oh no, do I keep them home, do they need to go to the doctor, or are they not really sick at all?” For parents of kids with asthma this can be a difficult decision, as asthma flares are often triggered by respiratory illnesses. A child with asthma not only has to battle cold symptoms but also manage the additional asthma symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, and wheezing.
Have you ever taken your child to the doctor only to be told that they will not prescribe you an antibiotic? You leave feeling frustrated, annoyed and not to mention you have a very sick kid on your hands. Well, the reasoning behind not providing you a prescription is because physicians are trying to make sure they are treating the appropriate infection the appropriate way.