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Emphasizing the Facts of Allergies

Sulfite Allergy Explained

Sulfites, a group of sulfur-based compounds, may be added to food as enhancers and preservatives. An estimate of one out of a hundred people sensitive to these compounds has been given by the FDA At any point in life. Sulfite sensitivity may develop with no apparent antecedent.

Reactions in sulfite sensitivity, may exhibit mild to nearly fatal responses. Sulfite use on fruits and vegetables that are eaten raw was banned by the FDA on 1986. A law by the FDA mandates the listing of sulfites on product labels by manufacturers adding sulfites to their products. Sulfites are used on cooked and processed foods, but not on fresh ones. Wine and beer have naturally occurring sulfites.

Foods containing, or which may contain, sulfites should be avoided to prevent reactions to sulfite. Reading labels on all food items is essential for people with sulfite sensitivity. If you should decide to eat out, ask to speak to the chef and inquire if sulfites have been used in the preparation of your food.

Vaccine Allergies Facts

Vaccines can sometimes cause the body to have reacting to allergies. What makes it worse is, this condition can lead anaphylaxis. Developing an allergic reaction to a vaccine is exceedingly atypical. Taking in the dangers of non vaccination should be considered before settling to vaccinate. Parents are the ones responsible for taking care of their children's protection. However, some schools still require their students to have some vaccinations to protect them from acquiring measles and mumps.

You may not be aware, but vaccines that you expect to protect you from certain diseases may cause an allergy attack. Two primary ingredients are perceived to be the most likely allergens. One is the egg protein which includes into yellow fever vaccine and flu vaccine. Another is the gelatin in rubella, measles, mumps, Japanese encephalitis and varicella vaccines. By the time thimerosal was used, it already causes allergic reactions to a number of individuals. On the other hand, it has been excluded from the vaccines that are licensed in the US.

Latex Allergies Explained

Passing on of infectious diseases to healthcare workers have been prevented by latex glove use. Some workers, especially those working in healthcare, have reported the development of latex allergy due to latex exposure. The rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensis, releases a milky fluid used in the manufacture of natural rubber. "Latex" actually refers to this product.

Sometimes the term "latex" is used for some synthetic rubber. Nevertheless, it should be noted that allergic reactions do not occur with these. The proteins responsible for the allergic reactions to latex are absent in synthetic latex. Some proteins in natural latex initiate the allergic reactions experienced. The necessary amount of latex exposure to elicit an allergic response is not known. Latex protein exposure directly correlates with the risk of developing sensitivity. This means that an increase in exposure equals an increase in risk.

Detergent Allergy (soap)

You may think that it's the chemicals that make you itch, but actually it's not. According to Dr. Wedner, The chemical agents do not trigger skin reactions such as itchiness. The real cause is the additives in perfumes. Most of the soaps nowadays have plant extracts that are being added to make it fancier.

The skin may react with irritation, and give you itchiness due to rashes. What to do: When choosing soaps to buy, avoid soaps that have scent and additives. Do not buy soaps that are not phthalate-free. Be mindful of diethyl phthalate found on the labels of various products. Phthalates are known to cause allergic reactions even when they are helpful in improving texture. Dove, Tide, and Ivory are all low-irritant products, as well as other organic brands.

Poison Ivy Allergy Facts

Poison plants are infamous for eliciting caustic effects upon contact with the skin. This property is due to its oily and irritating sap called urushiol. Grazing urushiol with the skin will produce a rash on the area within a few hours. Poison plant sap which coats gardening implements or pet's fur may be a means of exposure to urushiol.

Urushiol does not degrade even after the death of a poison plant. Its leaves, stems, and roots all have this component. Urushiol can be hastily taken in by the skin. Fire will free the urushiol particles of poison plants into the air. Inhalation of the particles is then possible. Smoke from a burning poison plant contains airborne urushiol. When inhaled, it produces irritation to the respiratory tract. Most parts of the US, except Alaska, Hawaii, and the Southwest deserts, are conducive for the growth of the poison plants.

The northern and western areas of the United States see a predominance of poison ivy shrubs. In the Eastern, Midwestern, and Southern areas, the predominance leans towards the existence of poison ivy as vines. The three leaflets present in a poison ivy plant make it easier to identify. Seven to thirteen paired leaves on a stem of a woody shrub characterizes poison sumac. A green and drooping cluster of berries differentiates poison sumac from harmless sumac. Red, upright berry clusters generally grow on harmless sumac. Poison sumac prefers to inhabit wet and swampy habitats.

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