Learn the bucket theory and why Allergen Avoidance works.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) states that more than 9 million children under the age of 18 suffer from allergies and asthma, which can account for more than 14 million missed school days and millions of dollars in medical bills and lost work days for parents. As a parent and a former teacher, I know there is a high correlation between attendance and school success. In addition, if children just plain feel bad while they are at school, that impacts their ability to concentrate. Continue reading
All About Babies and Allergies
Allergies are not inherited, but the tendency to develop allergies is passed down through the genes, so if one or both parents have allergies, there is a 50 to 75% chance the baby will develop allergies. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), if one parent (or that parent's relatives) has allergies, the child is 50% more likely to develop an allergy (although not necessarily the same allergy as the parent). If both parents have allergies, the likelihood the child will develop allergies increases to 75%. Continue reading
For the biggest bang for your buck and your time, the bedroom is the best place to begin allergy proofing. This is true simply because you spend such a large percentage of your time in the bedroom. Most people sleep 7 to 8 hours a night. Then add the time spent watching TV, reading, or getting dressed in the bedroom. You can see that people easily spend one-third of their lives in the bedroom. So let's take a look at how to make your bedroom a welcome refuge from allergens.
After my serious anaphylactic reaction to shrimp when I was a child, my parents took me to an allergist and had me tested for a full range of possible allergies. If you or your child has ever had hives or breathing problems after consuming certain foods, you should see an allergist before any more serious reactions occur. If you (or a family member) are waking up consistently with a runny or stuffy nose, with itchy or red eyes, or with a skin rash, you might be reacting to allergens lurking in your environment. Allergy testing can cut down on frequent trips to the family physician or the pharmacy, and it can eliminate the guesswork by honing in on the allergens responsible for your discomfort. Continue reading
The following tips are directed toward college-bound students and parents. But if your son or daughter is not yet at that stage, you can implement these suggestions in their bedroom at home so they will sleep restfully with fewer allergy and asthma symptoms. Remember the Bucket Theory - less exposure at home means your child is less likely to react strongly to allergens at school. Continue reading
Whether you are embarking on a small room renovation or building a home from scratch, you can make decisions on the front end that will help your allergies or asthma in the long run. Whether your renovation project is do-it-yourself or you're working with a professional, ask these questions when buying materials: Continue reading
If you're like me, you've probably seen advertisements for duct cleaning services in your Sunday circular that feature pictures of dust mites they promise to eliminate. The truth is that having your ducts cleaned will not take care of a home dust mite problem. It is true that a very small amount of the dust mite allergen that becomes airborne could settle in your ductwork; however, ducts are far from the humid, fibrous environments where the mites live and produce their allergenic waste. Dust mites are lazy, lumbering creatures who are unlikely to crawl up your wall and into your air registers. Duct cleaning can be a worthwhile service in the event you have had severe flood damage as there may be mold spore in your ducts that could circulate through the home. Also, if you have had a major construction project, fire, or other cause for large particulates to have settled in your ducts, you may consider having them cleaned. The general maintenance recommendation for duct cleaning service is about every 20-25 years. It should be noted that more recently built homes with flex (accordion-style) ducts should not be cleaned as the ducts themselves can be damaged If you are concerned about airborne particulates coming from your duct work, we recommend a good furnace filter in conjunction with our AllerTech® Vent Filters. They're both easy to install, electrostatically charged to trap small and large particles, and less expensive than paying a company to clean your duct system every few years! Continue reading
Do you ever notice that your allergy or asthma symptoms get worse in times of stress? Have you ever regulated your diet to improve your allergic symptoms? Our bodies are incredibly complex and miraculously, our body's components are constantly working together to keep us breathing, standing, talking, etc. When the body is healthy, it is less prone to many of the problems that plague allergy and asthma sufferers. Because National Allergy specializes in non-drug relief, we want to encourage you to see how the health of the whole body can effect allergy, asthma and sinus symptoms. What follows are simple overviews of how some of our body's most vital systems work, and a few tips on what you can do to keep them healthy. Continue reading