Asthma is a chronic disease marked by inflammation of the lung’s airways. It’s so common that 18.7 million American adults have it1 Asthma attacks can be scary, since they make it hard to breathe. There’s no cure, but asthma can be managed with medication. It can also be controlled by[.....]
Due to the presence of proteins, calcium, minerals, and vitamins almond milk has gained a lot of importance since ages. It is prepared by finely blending almonds in water to get a nutty and creamy beverage. It is mostly preferred by people who have lactose intolerance or are allergic to[.....]
Bee pollen has amazing health benefits. It can fight inflammation, give you an antioxidant boost, treat iron deficiency anemia, protect your liver, fight infections, help with allergies, and improve menopausal symptoms. But it can cause severe reactions if you’re allergic to pollen and is also not suitable if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. It might also react with some medications.
Allergies and infections can cause excess mucus (phlegm) which irritates your throat. Sipping on warm fluids like chicken soup, thyme or aniseed tea, or just a plain glass of warm honey-lemon water can help loosen up or thin out the mucus, making it easier to expectorate. Equally soothing can be gargling with salt water and inhaling the eucalyptus-scented steam.
The blood differential test is used to check the number and/or percentage of each type of white blood cell (WBC) that is present in a person's sample of blood. An abnormal increase in one type of WBC and consequent percentage decrease in other types can aid in diagnosing (and monitoring!) an underlying infection or health conditions like anemia, leukemia.
Like all other continents, North America has its share of dangerous insects. When humans cross their path, it often leads to disastrous consequences, sometimes even fatal. Learning to identify and avoid dangerous insects is important when you live in areas where they inhabit. Here are eight insects that you must[.....]
Starting your day off gulping down a glass of milk might seem like a quick and nutritious start to your day, but milk being heavy in digestion can leave you prone to stomach aches and heartburn as well. In accordance with ayurveda, milk may be better saved as an end of day drink to help you wind down and crank up the sleep inducing hormones in your body.
A dairy allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to milk proteins whey and/or casein. Symptoms can range from mild (such as hives, swelling, itching, rashes) to a severe and potentially fatal allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. Diagnosis by a qualified allergist by means of a skin or blood test is often the most effective way of confirming a dairy allergy.
Though sinusitis could easily be mistaken for a common cold, there are symptoms, when occurred together, give enough reasons to believe that you are suffering from sinusitis. Facial or dental pain is a telltale sign, so is severe nasal congestion and sometimes, post-nasal drainage. Runny nose, cough, and cluster headaches are also common in sinusitis.
Stomach pain can make mealtimes a real downer! Often, underlying conditions like food allergies, infections, or intolerance (gluten or lactose) could lie at the root of your pain and can cause your stomach to hurt after a meal. Other possible triggers could be even more chronic conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or ulcers.
HIV rash can occur at any stage of infection, but in general, it is noticeable 2-3 weeks after you have contracted the virus. This phase is called 'acute HIV' and is marked by a rash that is red, slightly raised, non-itchy and accompanied with flu-like symptoms. Itchy and sore rashes might also develop in the later stages as an allergic reaction to certain HIV medications.
Nickel can trigger an allergic reaction called contact dermatitis. Though women are more prone to it, men are not completely immune to nickel allergy either. Though nickel is found in a lot of household items like coins, keys, jeans buttons, detergents, utensils and even vegetables, nickel allergy is mostly associated with ear piercing or use of nickel jewelry. The allergy could manifest in the form of rashes, itching, blisters, eczema, etc.
Mostly an adult-onset, seafood allergy is your immune system's response to a protein found in shellfish muscles called tropomyosin. Symptoms range from mild ones like swelling or skin rashes to fatal ones like a sudden drop in blood pressure or difficulty in breathing. Your best bet is to stay alert by scrutinizing food labels and keeping your medication handy.
An underarm itch may stem from a rash or ingrown hair caused by incorrect shaving techniques. Although rare, but it could also be a potential indicator of hormonal changes during pregnancy or underlying health conditions such as cancer or hyperhidrosis. Other common causes include lack of hygiene, use of antiperspirants immediately after shaving.
Tree nuts and peanuts are among the top eight food allergens in the United States. And if you have a close family member with a nut allergy, you’re probably concerned that you might have one, too. But do you know how to spot an allergic reaction? And what should you do to prevent one to begin with? Brushing up on these facts could save your life.
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