Laser Allergy Surgery

Every year, 50 Million Americans suffer from seasonal nasal allergies that cause congestion and post-nasal drip. For most of those people, nearly 40 million, those allergy symptoms can lead to other problems, such as recurring sinus infections. Laser Allergy Surgery (also known as Laser Sub-Mucosal Resection (SMR), Turbinectomy, Nasal Turbinate Surgery or Turbinate Reduction) can be a viable alternative for some of those people with more severe symptoms.

So what is Laser Allergy Surgery? First, you need to know a little more about the inside of your nose. Turbinates (or nasal concha) are bone shelves in the nose. These are responsible for the heating, filtering, and humidifying the air you breathe into your nostrils. Allergies and other irritants can cause these shelves to swell, inhibiting breathing. During Laser Allergy Surgery,fiber optic-enhanced lasers shrink blood vessels in the turbinates and remove a small amount of the turbinate tissue. This makes them less likely to swell and block the nasal passages.

The outpatient procedure takes about 15 minutes, not including prep time. Afterward, a patient stays in recovery for one hour before being discharged home. Post-operatively, you can expect some temporary congestion. Nosebleeds are also not uncommon after this surgery, but should be temporary.

What Laser Allergy Surgery is not is a cure for your allergies. It is also not for people with mild to moderate symptoms. It is also not for everyone. The surgery is effective for 70% of patients. It is an option for people with mainly nasal symptoms who haven’t responded to prescription medications or shots. Based on attempts to get cost information from doctors*, it is also not cheap, though it may be covered under your insurance. Laser Allergy Surgery is not to be confused with Laser Allergy Treatment, which is a controversial procedure, performed in some chiropractic offices. Laser Allergy Treatment involves being “scanned” for specific allergies with an electrode device attached to your finger and then having a laser pointed directed at certain areas of the body to “cure” the allergies.

*They refused even to give me an estimate, telling me I needed to call (and pay?) for a consultation. At a prominent Dallas ENT they said weren’t comfortable quoting an estimate unless I told them more about the publication for which I was writing. Would they quote a different price depending on what publication I was writing for? I can certainly think of no other reason why my publication would affect their ability to tell me the price.

Spring Time Allergy Season is Here

It’s that time of year we all love: The birds will be singing, the flowers will be blooming, the trees will be greening, the bees will be buzzing and the noses will be running. That last one is my favorite. Here are a few tips I have learned over the years from my constant desire to find a way to actually enjoy the coming of spring

This tip came from a small coop store in Los Angeles and is by far the tastiest remedy. Eat local honey. It’s kinda like the same theory of getting a flu shot whereas in the local honey, you have the local pollen. Your body takes it in at its purest form and basically learns to love it. When you get the pollen introduced through your nasal passage (the most common) or the skin, you will not have such an adverse reaction because it is no longer a foreign particle your body is trying drastically to remove. And you also get to support your local growers who are the foundation of your community.

If you can’t seem to stay out of the garden even though it is making you miserable you may want to consider the lawn masks. You can usually find them in a multi pack for around $5. Quick and easy fix. The skin is another way the allergens can enter your bloodstream. Try keeping your body covered with very light clothing. Long sleeves and pants. This will make a huge saving in your tissue bill this spring.

Another idea you may not have considered, never leave the house! Just barricade yourself in, get a Netflix account for entertainment, put Pizza Hut on speed dial and don’t come out until June.

If your not the hibernating type, there are a number of over-the-counter remedies you can try. I typically look for the natural solutions first because I feel we have enough unfamiliar ingredient in our bodies as it is. Not to say they do not work. Some work extremely well. Too good in fact. Everything effects everyone differently so do some research and try a few different antihistamines and decongestants before hitting Costco for that pallet sized family pack. Certain ones you may find can clear your nasal passage so much that it starts to dry it completely and cause irritation. Others may putt you to sleep at your job. Its just going to take some trial and error.

Peanut Allergy Cure on Its Way

You may not be too crazy about ingesting peanut butter with all of the salmonella scares and recalls of anything containing any trace of the notorious nut, but there are some people in the world who would love to enjoy a PB amp; J sandwich. Or at least they’d like to be able to breathe easier knowing that peanut particles that make their way into supposedly nut-free foods or that float around in the air on airplanes aren’t going to kill them.

These terrifying worries may soon be a thing of the past, because CBS News has reported that there’s been a breakthrough in the study of treatment for peanut allergies.

It’s pretty terrifying to imagine being allergic to something so small and so common in our food, but there are millions of people in the world suffer from peanut allergies. The effects that peanuts have on allergy sufferers are pretty frightening; they induce anaphylactic shock, which causes the airway to close up and makes it difficult to breathe. In some cases, if the sufferer isn’t treated promptly, they can die.

Before I go any further with this article and reveal the method of treatment that doctors are using for this allergy, I must point out that readers should UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES TRY THIS ON THEIR OWN. This method of treatment has only been tested under the care of doctors who are prepared to cope with any problems that may arise from it.

That being said, the method of treatment is fairly simple: sufferers are first given the smallest dose of peanut flour. This dosage is slowly increased by small amounts until the allergy sufferer is eating a few peanuts a day. Once they reach this level of tolerance, they must eat them every day to keep their resistance up. It’s absolutely amazing that such a simplistic method has been effective in treating something so deadly.

Once again, it’s important that no one attempts to treat their allergies using this method on their own. Levels of allergies vary, and there are some suffers out there who are so sensitive to peanuts, it would be very easy for them to end up in trouble if they were to try this.

Researchers are still trying to answer a few questions they have about this form of treatment, but it could prove effective for treating other types of allergies, as well. For now, it’s best for peanut allergy sufferers to sit tight and avoid all products containing the nuts (something many Americans are doing, anyway) until this method of treatment is perfected. But it’s great to know that there’s hope for all of the moms out there who have to fear their child switching their lunch at school for something their classmate has that might be deadly.


Natural Home Remedies for Dust Mites

If you have dust, the odds are good that you have dust mites. Allergy sufferers know that a dust mite is the root of a plethora of symptoms, and the hunt for home remedies that will remove these mites with little more than homeopathy is on. Read on and find six home remedies for the control of allergy causing dust mites. These are natural remedies that do not require the use of harmful chemicals or poisonous insecticides.

What are Dust Mites?

These mites are not insects, but actually belong to the same family as spiders. Unlike spiders, they receive their nutrition from house dust, which is little more than a mix of shed hair, flaked off skin cells, clothing fibers, pollen, and soil particles. Dust mites barely measure half a millimeter and they are so light that even just walking past an area where they are located will generate sufficient updraft to set them airborne.

How Can Such Small Mites Cause An Allergy?

Dustimex estimates that there are 1,000 dust mites per one gram of dust. As they derive nourishment from the dust components, they excrete proteases that cause an allergic reaction in individuals predisposed to sensitivity to this organic compound. Unless allergy sufferers are aware of home remedies to decrease the overall number of mites in their living quarter, these dust mites will take up residence in rugs, carpets, cushions, bedding, and drapes in ever increasing numbers.

Six Home Remedies for Dust Mites

Natural remedies, tried and true home remedies, and basic homeopathy can make a huge difference in the life of an allergy sufferer dealing with dust mites.

Some like it Hot – Unless you’re a Dust Mite

The simplest of home remedies is washing bedding covers, pillow covers, and cushion casings at 140 ºF. The American Thoracic Society advises allergy sufferers that this temperature is lethal to dust mites and will rid your pillow covers and bedding of their current set of mite inhabitants.

Everyone Loves a Good Book – Especially Dust Mites

The simplest home remedies for dust mite control include a removal of those things that attract dust mites. Books are notorious for attracting dust and mites. Remove books from your sleeping area and keep them in an enclosed cabinet, where exposure to mites is greatly curtailed.

Homeopathy of Tannic Acid Keeps Sequoias Infestation Free – It Can Do the Same for Your Rug

When it comes to natural home remedies for dust mites, tannic acid can work wonders. The Earth Easy site suggests sprinkling it around problem areas where dust seems to accumulate more quickly than elsewhere in your home.

Natural Remedies for Dust Mite Control with the Help of Ecology Works

Ecology Works is a spray that is a mix of plain water and borate compounds. The EPA has tested the company’s product and found it safe for human exposure. The spray is applied to cushions and areas that cannot regularly be washed at high temperatures; it kills dust mites.

Filters Are the Best Home Remedies

Air ducts, heating vents, and even windows benefit from the application of an allergen removing filter. These are cheap but should be replaced frequently, to avoid breakdown of the filtering material.

Trap Dust Mites with HEPA

Clemenson University points out that using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter is your best bet when vacuuming. Remember, however, that dust mites are quite mobile, and their little legs can actually allow them to escape the vacuum bag. Toss out the bag when you are done, and they are gone forever.


Prevention and Treatment of Allergy Induced Asthma

What is allergy-induced asthma? Actually it is exactly what the name implies. It is asthma that comes on as a result of an allergic attack.

If a person is allergic to something their body will fight the allergen with antibodies. These antibodies can cause inflammation and irritation which in turn can cause trouble breathing and can cause the airways to become narrowed.

The allergen is most often airborne.

I was surprised to find that allergic asthma is the most frequent type of asthma.

When you look at the prevention and treatment of allergy-induced asthma there are actually three components or illnesses that you are dealing with.

You can treat allergies and asthma together; you can treat allergies only or you can treat asthma only.

Of course the best way to prevent an allergic reaction is to avoid the allergen. If you are allergic to short-haired dogs then avoid short-haired dogs.

Corticosteroids such as Prednisone will treat both allergies and asthma since it will attack and minimize inflammation and it also works very fast.

Another medication that works is montelukast or Singulair which is also called a leukotriene modifier.

Allergies are stereotypically treated with antihistamines that keep the airwaves clear and prevent a runny nose. This is important because the lining of the nose and throat are what can trigger asthma.

Once asthma hits people they usually have to use a bronchodilator to open up the passageways.

Of course allergy shots and certain asthma medications can be used in a preventative way to keep symptoms from appearing. The problem with these medications is that they are rarely valuable during an acute attack if one happens to occur in spite of them.

The best thing to do then is to identify allergens whether they are food or airborne that trigger allergies for you and also determine whether you want to involve yourself with preventative medication. (Long term)

The best treatment for both is steroids and the best treatment for acute asthma attacks is an inhaler or bronchodilator. The best treatment for allergies is an antihistamine.

One very point needs to be made here. A very dangerous allergic reaction is called an anaphylactic reaction. This consists of hives and swelling. Further it can cause immediate shut-down of the airways and can also affect the lungs and heart. It must be treated immediately and usually the treatment of choice is an adrenaline injection.

My wife once had an anaphylactic reaction which was triggered by newly cut grass as well as a piece of candy that contained Yellow Dye #5. This caused the reaction because of what is known as the “building block” effect. In other words, neither situation would have caused a reaction but the two together did.

Allergic Asthma can be controlled with just a little planning and understanding of its triggers.


How to Avoid Seasonal Allergies: Dealing with Summertime Triggers

The summer months are usually painful as everyone suffer from allergies. During the allergy season which is mainly from April to October, different symptoms can be seen from the allergy sources.

Some of the well known summer time allergies are the mold, rapid spread of pollen, Ragweed allergies which results in Hay fever, distinct particles that are composed in the atmosphere during the spring time, summer cold which is due to the allergic reactions to airborne particles and dust mites which typically lives in the mattresses.

Here are some of the measures which can help you to get through the seasonal allergies in the summer.

1) We try to make our home free of allergens but it is not possible to eliminate the allergic reactions from the indoor sources like the allergies due to dust mites, indoor molds etc. It is recommended to install HEPA filters and to maintain relatively low humidity in the house interiors.

2) Whenever you go out for a long time, try to wear the pollen mask and after you come home try to make a habit of taking baths to wash the pollen from your body and hair.

3) Those who suffer heavily from allergies, its better to consult Allergist and take prescription medications. Take the allergy test which is relatively painless to know about the substances to which you are allergic and can take the prescription medications or the allergy shots.

4) Try to minimize your activities between 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. as it is the time when pollen is usually emitted. Try to schedule your activities in the afternoon as the pollen levels are considerably low in the afternoon.

5) To prevent pollen entering your home try to keep your windows closed and use air conditioner which dries, cools and cleans the air. Make sure to clean your air conditioner filters regularly at least twice a month. When you are not at home keep your room air conditioner off and once you turn on, don’t be in the room for at least 20 minutes as sometimes whenever the air conditioner is activated, short bursts of molds can be emitted from the air conditioner windows.

6) Try to avoid exposure to freshly cut grass, fallen leaves and all those places where the ragweed can grow.

7) Lower indoor humidity must be maintained in summer which can be done through dehumidifier in order to prevent the winter and autumn indoor allergies.

8) To maintain good air quality, smoking should be avoided inside the home.

9) Wash your glasses, brush your shoes and change your clothes once you come home from outdoors.

10) Try to vacuum regularly. While vacuuming try to wear a mask as pollen, mold and the dust that are trapped in the carpet can be kicked up.

11) When traveling, try to keep your windows closed to avoid pollen.

What to Do If You Don’t Know Whether Your Kid Has a Cold or Has Allergies!

When allergy season suddenly begins, a lot o parents just assume that a runny nose means that your child has allergies. It is important that you understand, that unless your child has tested positive for allergies than it is very possible that they can have a cold. The one thing that you do not want to do is just assume that it is just allergies. It is also important that you have your doctor test your child so that you will know exactly what they are allergic to.

One reason why it is so important to confirm that your child definitely has an allergy or a cold is to ensure that your child is treated with the proper medicine. Some parents will suddenly see their child with a runny nose and just assume that they are catching a cold, and give them cold medicine. Unfortunately if the parent is wrong then the child could continue suffering from the allergies, and the cold medicine can end up making them feel a lot worse. You should also educate yourself on how to tell the difference between the two. For example you should be able to identify what a cold actually looks like. If your child has a runny nose and it does not stay clear and the mucus begins to turn green or possibly yellow than that is a sure sign of infection, according to pediatricians. So this would tell you that your child has a cold. With colds also come a lot of muscle and body aches, so you will probably notice than your child is very uncomfortable and irritable.

The one thing that you should definitely avoid is giving them any type of cold medicine or allergy medicine until it has been confirmed by your pediatrician exactly what they have. Don’t wait on making an appointment, because if it is a cold then there is huge possibility that it will only get worse with time. Until you have confirmed that your child has allergies and not a cold you should keep them isolated from other children in the house, or keep them out of daycare. You don’t want to make a mistake and end up getting other kids sick. You should also not allow anyone else to tell you what is wrong with your child. Remember the only one who can probably diagnose your baby is your pediatrician. These are some good suggestions to think about when your child suddenly comes down with a runny or stuffy nose.

Allergy Relief: How to Keep Your Seasonal Allergies at Bay

When springtime rolls around we’re all excited to get outside and enjoy the nice warm weather after a long winter indoors, but before we know it, we’re sneezing, our noses are running, and our eyes are itchy. Soon, we’re dropping our gardening gloves and running inside to grab our box of tissues. Yes, it must be that time of year again when trees, grasses, and plants are flowering, causing their pollens to float around in the air and aggravate our sinuses and immune system. Unfortunately, it seems more and more of us are suffering from allergies each year, and we’re constantly developing new reactions.

Luckily, there are many effective things you can do to cut down on the symptoms you will experience from your seasonal allergies. The easiest thing you can do is explore your options and choose one of the many over the counter allergy medications that are now being offered at any pharmacy. Whether your symptoms are concentrated in your sinuses, or it feels like your whole body is being affected by your reaction, there’s something for everyone. Typically, the most effective drug to choose should contain an antihistamine which should control the itchiness, and excess mucous.

Many drugs also contain decongestants if you’re having congestion in your sinus cavity or chest, as well as pain relievers to combat any achiness, headache, or backache you may be experiencing. Many of the over the counter allergy medications can cause drowsiness, so keep that in mind when taking anything. If you need to find relief at work, or when you’re on the go, try something that specifically indicates ‘non-drowsy’. Sometimes this claim comes through; though sometimes, I find even the non-drowsy medications can make a person very tired. Different medicines work differently on everyone.

If you can’t seem to pick an over the counter remedy that works for your symptoms, you can always visit your primary care physician, or ask him or her to refer you to a trusted allergist in your area. You can explore other medication options as well as nose sprays, eye drops, etc. If you take the step to be tested for what allergens you are specifically reacting to, your allergist may suggest allergy shots that take place over time to boost your immunity to the allergens. Testing can also help you directly avoid your allergy triggers.

There are a number of changes you can make to your own lifestyle and home that can at least prevent any other irritants from affecting you while you’re in the prime of your allergy season. Keeping your home clean and free of dust, pet fur and dander, and excessive scents from cleaners or perfumes can be a great help. Unfortunately the high pollen count days tend to fall around the time when our furry friends are also shedding their winter coat and getting themselves ready for spring.

Vacuuming regularly, picking up the pet hair with a trusty lint brush, and wiping down surfaces will make a noticeable difference. It’s also worth investigating to make sure you don’t have any areas of your house that might contain a mold issue, such as a basement, a bathroom, or even a backyard that has the potential for blowing the spores into a nearby window. You would be surprised how easily allergens can enter your home. Additionally, changing over to allergy free skincare products is a major change that most wouldn’t realize can make a huge difference in your life.

Also, it’s a smart idea to change the filters on your furnace regularly, to ensure you’re trapping as much as you can before it can get to you. Keep your windows and doors closed during pollen seasons. If you need to keep your house cool, and want to circulate the air, run your central air system. Some furnaces can actually be turned on and off, to allow for the blower to work, but not to distribute hot air. It can be used as a sort of air-filtration system.

It also doesn’t hurt to utilize one of the many air purifiers on the market today. They can do wonders for eliminating a lot of allergens from the air. It’s also important to keep yourself clean. It helps quite a bit to shower or bathe before bed to rid yourself of any pollen that are in your hair, or stuck to your skin. Keeping fingernails short also prevents pollens from getting under them and irritating you later on.

A large number of people believe an old fashioned vitamin regimen can do wonders to help with allergies. For instance, vitamin C can help boost your immune system. If you visit your local organic market, or the organic section of your grocery store, you can usually find a number of homeopathic treatments for both seasonal allergies, and indoor allergies. Some people swear by these methods, while others claim they don’t notice one bit of difference. It may be worth a try though, if you’re a person who doesn’t normally prefer drug options.

With the booming popularity of the internet, you are just a click away from one of many websites that can give you personalized, local pollen forecasts for your area. You can sign up for email alerts so you will be notified of high pollen count days, and you can even find out what specific triggers are currently potent where you live or work. You can minimize or even eliminate the time you spend outdoors on the high pollen count days, and you will even know days in advance, so you can plan ahead and make sure you’re armed with everything you need to battle your allergies.

Although there is no cure-all for our pesky allergies, there are many options that help minimize the symptoms we suffer from. If additional assistance is needed for more prevalent allergies that may or may not occur all year long, you can always rely on your trusted family doctor to assist you with figuring out what relief option will be right for you. Whatever you choose to do to relieve your symptoms, there’s something for everyone, and nobody has to suffer from what they are allergic to.

How to Tell If Your Child Has a Food Allergy

Most children can eat anything and experience no reactions at all. Other children develop or are born with food allergies. When a child has an allergy, or intolerance, to any type of food a reaction will take place.

When a reaction to a certain food occurs it is always within an hour of eating that food. Usually it is within minutes. When a child is truly allergic to a food an amount as small as a couple of bites will cause a reaction. The symptoms of an allergic reaction are increased mucus in the sinuses and through, aching or swelling of the thought and airways, flushed red face and ears, a feeling of really not feeling well, and vomiting. Hives often result. Hives are raised red blotches on the skin. These symptoms will be very noticeable. There is no mistaking an allergic reaction to a food.

If your child displays any of the above symptoms after eating a specific type of food pay close attention to if they are okay or not. Any time the throat swells emergency care must be received. Some children break out so severely that medication is needed promptly to adverse the reaction so that they can breathe. Take all food reactions very seriously. If you notice your child’s ears or face is turning red as they are eating something immediately offer them something else. The less they eat of a bothersome food the less of a reaction they’ll have. Watch carefully for signs when offering any new food to your baby or toddler especially.

If there are any foods that seem to always cause belly aches and flushed faces it is a good idea to stop serving that food. Sometimes the symptoms of an allergic reaction are subtle. It’ll only be red ears and a belly ache or a loose bowel movement.

Any time you suspect any type of allergy or problem with your child the right thing to do is to call your doctor or pediatrician. Your child’s doctor can run tests that will let you know if there is a food allergy to the food or if it is simply an intolerance. People can be unable to tolerate certain types of foods and not be actually allergic to them. Your doctor will also advise you about like foods that could also cause a reaction.

It is very important to contact your doctor promptly if your child ever has a reaction to anything. Food allergies should be taken very seriously. Food allergies can be very tricky. For example, a child who has an allergy to eggs will not be able to eat food items containing eggs. There are hundreds of food items that contain eggs.

Medication is often prescribed for anyone who has an allergy. If your doctor determines that your child does indeed have a food allergy he or she will prescribe allergy medication. This medication is different than the allergy medication you buy at the store. It is only prescribed for children who need it.

Once your doctor confirms your child’s food allergy it will be very important for you to read all food labels carefully. Food packages always contain ingredient labels and allergy warnings. If you don’t read the labels on the foods you serve your child you may accidentally give them a food containing their allergen food. It will be very important to avoid the allergen food at all costs as to not trigger a reaction even when your child is taking the medication. Thanks for reading and take care!

Reducing Allergens in Your Bedroom

Experts agree that our keeping our bedroom as free as possible from allergens makes a huge difference in the quality of life for asthma and allergy-sufferers. There are several steps one can take to reduce the allergens in the bedroom.

First, if possible, avoid carpet and rugs. This is not always possible, especially if you are renting. If you cannot remove the carpet, then vacuum daily with a hepa-filtered vacuum (change filter often), paying close attention to areas behind and under furniture, and have carpets professionally cleaned every three months.

Use only curtains that can be machine washed, and avoid mini-blinds (they can be a dust magnet). Take the curtains down and wash them every two weeks. Roller shades are also a good option if you need the privacy. A cotton/poly blend or cotton denim washes well. If you have dry clean only drapes, then take them to the cleaners regularly.

Dust mites can multiply, especially in upholstered furniture. aacuum your mattress monthly to remove dust mites. Cover your mattress with a mattress pad that is machine washed in hot water weekly, along with your sheets. Also use a pillow cover under your pillow case. Use natural materials, such as cotton for your sheets, blankets, etc. Wash or dry clean blankets or bedspreads once a month.

Dust all furniture surfaces twice weekly. Use a non-scented furniture polish on wood surfaces, or a small amount of lemon oil. Don’t forget to dust light fixtures and ceiling fans.

Avoid pillows or comforters with feathers or down. Many people are allergic to feather pillows, so it is usually best to avoid them unless you know there is not allergic reaction. Instead choose synthetic-filled pillows and comforters that are labeled allergen-reducing.

Keep your baseboards, window and door moldings, and lamps dusted weekly. Do not open your windows to air out the bedroom. This allows pollen into the room and makes an allergy sufferer miserable. If your air seems stale, invest in an air purifier. There are some really good models that are inexpensive, such as Hamilton Beach’s purifiers suitable for one room.

If you have pets, keep them out of the bedroom by closing the door during the day and while you are sleeping. Even if you are not allergic to your pet, you may be sensitive to things that collect on fur, such as pollen and grasses.

If you have central air, use a filter that reduces allergens. Have your vents professional cleaned once a year. Vents can harbor mold, mildew, and pollen and continue to blow it into the air, greatly affecting the air quality in your home.

Do not burn scented candles or keep potpourri or air fresheners in your bedroom, as most allergy sufferers are sensitive to scents. Do not use scented carpet spinkle or scented laundry products.

Never keep fresh flowers in the bedroom. If you feel you need to add softness to your room, consider a non-flowering plant.

Closets can be a source of dust and dust mites since clothes can hang for a long time between wearing, so always keep the closet door closed. Rotate your clothes often, and keep clothing that is not worn often in garment bags. If your closet has carpeting, don’t neglect to vacuum it when you do the bedroom or mop if you have a mopable surface.

By improving the air quality, your allergy sufferer will have a restful, comfortable sleep and have much less problem during the waking hours. If you sleep with an allergy sufferer, chances are your sleep will also improve as they rest better.