Tips for Fighting Allergies

fighting allergiesIf you have allergies, you know that you feel absolutely miserable when you’re in the midst of an attack. You’ll suffer symptoms such as sneezing, stuffy nose, itching, and more. The best way to treat allergies is to figure out what is causing them and avoid it.

Find Your Triggers.

First of all, you want to figure out what is triggering your allergies. You can either visit your cosmetic dentist and get an allergy test or you can- by process of elimination- figure out what your triggers are. Some of the most common allergy triggers are: animals, certain foods, dust mites, medications, mold, and pollen. You want to make sure you identify your allergy triggers as specifically as possible.

Tips to Prevent Allergies:

  • If seasonal pollen is one of your triggers, make sure you stay inside as much as possible and keep windows and doors closed. Also, consider installing a filtration or vent system in your home to filter out the pollen.
  • Dust mites live in bedding and are one of the most common allergy triggers. Purchase some allergen-proof covers and seal your comforters, pillows, and mattress. Another option is to get a latex mattress- as long as you don’t have a latex allergy.
  • Get a dehumidifier if you reside in a climate with high humidity. Mildew, mold, and dust mites survive and thrive best in humid climates.
  • In the bathroom, use an exhaust fan or keep a window open.
  • Get a vacuum with a HEPA filter and use it often.
  • Don’t install carpet, or have any carpet you do have taken out. Dust mites love carpeting and it’s nearly impossible to get them out.
  • If you suspect that certain foods are causing your allergies, eliminate them from your diet. If you’re allergic to foods such as milk, corn, or wheat, learn some new ways to cook.
  • Saline solution can help to loosen nasal secretions. It is not a medication and can be used as often as you need it.
  • Carefully read labels when you’re using an OTC antihistamine. There are many of them that cause drowsiness. You should not drink alcohol when you’re taking them.

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The link between depression and inflammation

Scientists in Canada have discovered what may be a game changing factor in the successful treatment of clinical depression. They documented that in a comparison of brain scans between those with depression and those without, that there was a significant level of inflammation present in the brain of those with depression. Depression is one of the most difficult illnesses to treat as its cause is as yet unknown. While there is medication for it, it is not effective for everyone.

30 to 50% of patients with depression don’t respond to medication

A large majority of people diagnosed with clinical depression do not respond to medications. There are many other therapies that have limited success with alleviating symptoms, but these new findings could go a long way to explaining why medication may not work for most. It also stands to redefine depression and how it is diagnosed. Central to really understanding the impact of this study is determining the onset of the inflammation, does it come as the precursor or the result of the depression?

How the brain responds to trauma or infection

Inflammation is the natural response of the brain to trauma or infection. It is when inflammation stays after the initial incident that it becomes indicative of a greater issue at hand. Some life choices such as career can also have an effect on the amount of time you will deal with symptoms. Dentists (who are known for depression) will commonly suffer from inflammation for longer periods of time than say somebody in the automotive business. What scientists are trying to determine now is how prevalent is the inflammation in populations with a diagnosis of depression versus the population without. If clinical depressionthere is a prevalent rate of inflammation in those with depression, then this will lead to the next question – which came first?

Which comes first?

If the inflammation is present in many people who have depression, then the next question is whether the inflammation is a symptom or a cause of the depression. Either will result in a radical reconsideration of how we treat depression. If the inflammation is the cause of the depression then there is a physiological treatment that needs to be found. If the inflammation is a symptom of the depression, reducing the inflammation rate may also reduce the symptoms of the depression.…

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