Looking to get rid of your feline allergies? Check this out.


Never hurts to ask if interested in participating.

Originally posted on The Allergista:


So, a week or so ago… I got an email from somebody asking me if I’d be interested in partaking in a research study that’s being done in an effort to rid people of their cat allergies. Since my skin reactions are so bad, I was definitely interested. I told them that as long as nothing in the study involved anything else I’m allergic to (such as chemicals) then I was game. I directed the person I spoke with to my list of allergies. She came back saying that I’m not an eligible candidate because I have seasonal allergies. Womp, womp. Seasonal allergies are really common, so it’s too bad that anybody with them can’t participate.

Anyways, not everybody HAS seasonal allergies, so I figured I’d pass along the information to you anyways – just in case you can use it!

Here ya go:

Cold Temperatures Force Pets Inside, Exacerbate…

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Running with asthma


Keep up the good work! No excuse for not exercising.

Originally posted on lissyruns:

I’ve had asthma for as long as I can remember. I can also remember as a child being told that it was likely that I’d just ‘grow out of it’. But I got older and older, and now here I am at 26, still an asthmatic.

Like most people, I have certain triggers that make asthma worse. The biggest trigger I have is cold weather. Asthma is a major problem for me in winter – the cold air coupled with spending more time indoors with central heating on full blast plays havoc with my ability to breathe comfortably. 

It makes training so much harder – the running in general is harder, with inhaler breaks mid run. Harder runs in turn lead to dreading runs, which in turn leads to missed runs. It’s a vicious cycle.

I remember once being at a BBQ, and getting out and using my inhaler. Bemused…

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eCigarettes: A Smoking Gun?


Isn’t this just replacing one addition with another?

Originally posted on Relief for your Nose:

This week’s announcement that CVS pharmacies will stop selling cigarettes is welcome news to us. Aside from undisputed concerns about smoking leading to death and disease, our resident allergy and sinus expert often lectures patients about the allergic reactions smokers and their nearby victims can experience.

smoking, asthma, allergies, vapor, The chemicals and noxious particles from smoking cigarettes causes inflammation and swelling of nasal passages resulting in sneezing, itchy sinuses, and runny, stuffy noses. For people with asthma, these allergic reactions can lead to more serious symptoms.

Some smokers trying to avoid the potential for disease may resort to the newly popular electronic cigarettes which purport to have fewer amounts of nicotine and chemicals among other benefits. The eCigarettes are battery operated and emit a vapor so the user simulates smoking.

But the Food and Drug Association is not so quick to sign off on this alternative, citing a need for more research. Because…

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Why are allergies increasing?


The hygiene hypothesis explained very well. Another reason not to start antibiotics too soon.

Originally posted on Clinicalnews.org:

Public release date: 13-Apr-2010

In 1980, 10 percent of the Western population suffered from allergies. Today, it is 30 percent. In 2010

- one out of 10 children is said to be asthmatic and the mortality rate resulting from this affliction increased 28 percent between 1980 and 1994



Université de Montréal professor studies how probiotics can help

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Is it legal to buy drugs online or import them from another country?


Many asthma patients will inquire about this for cheaper inhalers. Good article.

Originally posted on PharmacistAnswers:

Is It Legal To Buy Drugs Online Or From Outside Of The United States?

     ​Consumers always want to find the best price to purchase their goods and medications are no different. The drugs that treat our many illnesses and disease states can help us lead healthier and better lives, but they can also come at an enormous cost. We now live in a digital age, where many of our purchases that once took place in brick and mortar stores, now take place online. There has always been a sort of stigma regarding online pharmacies. Are their prices too good to be true? Are they safe? Will you get the same medication online as the medication that is at your CVS down the street? The big questions though are those concerned with the legality of it all. There are two legal questions that people always want answered. The first is if it is even legal to buy drugs online. The second is, if it is legal to buy drugs online, can…

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Infections Occur More Commonly During Winter Due to Close Contact


Handwash, handwash, handwash.

Originally posted on 123MyMD:

Infections Occur More Commonly During Winter Due to Close Contact

The principal reason for the increase in the number of infections in winter weather is the fact that people tend to remain indoors in cold weather and, thus, are in very close contact with one another. Proximity allows the spread of many viruses that cause respiratory infections. In addition, influenza is even more common in winter because the virus first attacks the Far East in their summer and then spreads westward and reaches the U.S. by winter. Although it is preferable that one should stay warm, there is little hard evidence to suggest that not wearing a hat or exposure of wet hair to inclement weather increases the risk of infection or, more specifically, pneumonia. The truth is, the flu and the common cold are both caused by viruses. People get sick more often in the winter because they’re exposed to each other more.

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What to Make of Dr. Oz and his Detox? Not much


Unfortunately, this has been my experience as well with allergy related topics. It’s difficult to come up with a new topic for your TV show EVERYDAY!

Originally posted on gutsandgrowth:

Although my exposure to Dr. Oz has been limited, he is not one of my favorite TV doctors. He often offers opinions in areas where he clearly is not an expert.  By presenting himself as a doctor who is knowledgeable in so many areas, he has the potential of undermining the credibility of physicians more broadly.  A recent report provides some welcome pushback and at the same time indicates that “detox” treatments are unlikely to be helpful.

Here’s the link: Detox treatments by DrOz and others lack evidence, benefit  – CBC

An excerpt:

Despite bold promises that the treatments would purify, detoxify and boost energy and optimize organ function, the cleanses lacked any scientific evidence of efficacy, or clear idea of what toxins they would actually diminish…

“In looking at the medical literature on these things, there has never been a properly conducted scientific investigation of any of these treatments…

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Run training with copd


Respiratory illness doesn’t slow him down! Good example for all of us.

Originally posted on COPD ATHLETE :

With 10 weeks to go its time to crank up our run training, while most people training for Melbourne Ironman would probably be well on the way to having their run sorted we have only been running 1-2 times a week. Main reason for this is that at best my run is 8 kph , my low lung capacity doesn’t allow me to go any quicker, which means a long time on the run course. It took me 6hrs 34 mins to complete the run leg at Port Macquarie in 2012, my aim for Melbourne is 6hrs. I find running the hardest leg for two reasons, the physical side for obvious reasons, I also struggle mentally because I’m so slow, watching people walk faster than I run is a little deflating sometimes . I am however, grateful that I am well enough to train & compete in triathlons no matter…

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Seafood Allergies Get Worse Over Time

Originally posted on 123MyMD:

Seafood Allergies Get Worse Over Time

Seafood allergy is a major problem because as it worsens in someone’s life, the seafood allergy, actually, can become a problem that can be even life-threatening. Now, initially, people who have problems with seafood, actually, suffer difficulties which are more like stomach irritation, diarrhea, vomiting. But as the seafood allergy worsens, and as the symptoms start to get worse, what invariable happens is people start to have hives and even anaphylactic reactions.

We always appreciate your comments and suggestions. For more information, please go to http://www.123MyMD.com.

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Ask The Allergista: Is surgical steel nickel-free?

Originally posted on The Allergista:


Hi Jennifer! I’m looking for earrings (nickel free). I find I must have an allergy to nickel. Would you happen to have any suggestions? I see some people on Etsy have surgical steel posts, but I’m a bit skeptical to get from individual vs. a company that verifies allergen free.

Also, thanks for listing all of your eczema resources. I have eczema, both my children have eczema and my 4 year old daughter has anaphylaxis to peanut. So, we are always looking for less harsh skin products and clothing. Thanks for sharing your story. You site is AMAZING. Thank you again.


Hi there! And thank you thank you thank you! You are so incredibly welcome.

I would definitely NOT purchase surgical steel. I know it sounds like a good idea to a lot of people, but I’ve had HORRIBLE reactions to surgical steel posts before. ALWAYS buy sterling…

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