Dust Mite Avoidance

One in four Americans are sensitive to dust mites. If we include other components of house dust (pollens, animal danders, cockroaches and molds), the number is even higher. Dust mites are arachnids, like spiders and ticks. They thrive in warm, humid climates; temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity over 70%. Mites live off water …

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Discovery Channel presents “An Emerging Epidemic: Food Allergies in America.”

FARE (Food Allergy Research & Eductation) has teamed up with The Discovery Channel to produce a new documentary about food allergies called “An Emerging Epidemic: Food Allergies in America.” The hour-long documentary, narrated by Steve Carell, explores what it is like to live with life-threatening food allergies, how families and individuals managing food allergies are …

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Egg Allergy & 2013-14 Influenza Vaccination

The CDC recently published vaccine recommendations for the 2013-4 influenza season (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/index.htm). Special attention is given to those patients with a history of egg allergy. Influenza vaccine is grown in embryonated chicken eggs and contains residual amounts of ovalbumin, a major egg allergen. For patients with egg allergy, even small amounts of this protein can …

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Eczema: To Bathe Or Not To Bathe

Eczema is a common skin problem, affecting 10-20% of children. Dry, scaly patches and intense itching result in unhappy children and parents. Complications include bacterial infections, viral infections, bleeding and most importantly, sleep disturbance. Often allergic eczema (atopic dermatitis, AD) is the precursor to several allergic conditions; food allergy, asthma and allergic rhinitis. Before getting …

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Can Diet Cure Chronic Hives?

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is a 2010 documentary which follows the journey of Australian Joe Cross (http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com). Joe traveled the country during a 60 day juice fast. Nothing but liquid nutrition. His purpose; cure disease, reduce dependence on medications and lose weight. Joe has chronic hives (urticaria). He relies on multiple medications, including oral …

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