Topic: allergies

Would You Get Your Kid An Allergy Tattoo?

Would You Get Your Kid An Allergy Tattoo?

Millions of people suffer from allergies, and many of them are children. While some allergies are relatively harmless, primarily causing a bit of discomfort or a mild rash, there are many kids whose allergies are life-threatening. Should a child fall ill or unconscious when his or her parent is not around, those who are caring for the kid, such as paramedics, need to know what exactly he or she is allergic to. An allergy tattoo does exactly that. More »

Woman Is Actually Allergic To Exercise

Woman Is Actually Allergic To Exercise

“I’m allergic to exercise.”

We’ve all said it (or at least, I certainly have) as an excuse for not working out. And in a way, exercise can lead to some allergylike symptoms: sweating, difficulty breathing, fatigue, nausea…it’s unfun, to say the least, when you have to work out and it’s not something you genuinely want to do. But what if this were a literal statement? More »

Food Allergies Could Be Silently Wreaking Havoc On Your Body — How To Tell And When To Test

Food Allergies Could Be Silently Wreaking Havoc On Your Body -- How To Tell And When To Test

Food allergies can wreak havoc on your body. Not only can they cause the obvious flu-like symptoms, rashes, diarrhea, vomiting and breathing difficulties but also under-the-radar inflammation, according to dietitian Ashley Koff. This inflammation in the body that can contribute to chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and even some cancers. We talked with Koff about how to tell if you have food allergies and when to get tested.  More »

Lazy Mommy Vindication: All That Antibacterial Soap Is Wrecking Kids’ Immune Systems

Lazy Mommy Vindication: All That Antibacterial Soap Is Wrecking Kids’ Immune Systems

My daughter loves dirt. She could play in a pile of dirt for hours. She’s the kid who eats things after she drops them on the floor. She’s the child who never considers the possible germs on anything, whether it be a public drinking fountain or a bug crawling on the ground. My little girl comes home with plenty of stains on her clothes and even a couple band-aids on her arms and legs. And I’m completely fine with it! More »

You’re Not Imagining It: Allergy Season Is Worse Than Usual

You're Not Imagining It: Allergy Season Is Worse Than Usual

If you’ve got itchy eyes, a runny nose, and sneezes that just won’t quit, you’re not alone; this year’s allergy season has been pretty rough. According to the Gallup WellBeing Index (which offers a fascinating array of data for statistics nerds like me), more people are suffering from more intense allergy symptoms than during the last seasons’ peak months. More »

Gluten-Free: ‘Not Just A Fad For Me’

Gluten-Free: 'Not Just A Fad For Me'

In 2007, a grad-school classmate of mine, Erin Christman, was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance. These days, gluten-free is becoming just another category of specialty food, like low-sodium, sugar-free or vegan. But just a few years ago, the term ‘gluten intolerance’ was frequently met with a blank stare. I interviewed Erin about her gluten sensitivity and how attitudes toward gluten intolerance (including her own) have changed in the five years since her diagnosis. More »

Study: Cats Could Be Bad For Your Health, If You Let Them In Your Bedroom

Study: Cats Could Be Bad For Your Health, If You Let Them In Your Bedroom

Scientists are bumming out cat lovers everywhere with the news that cats could be bad for your health, especially if you didn’t grow up with felines around. Apparently, if you were around them as a kid, your chances of developing allergies and asthma are lower, but if you get your first cat as an adult, your chances of developing an allergic reaction to it are nearly doubled. More »

Dear New York Post: Vegetarians, People With Food Allergies Aren’t “Picky Eaters”

Dear New York Post: Vegetarians, People With Food Allergies Aren't "Picky Eaters"

Yesterday, the New York Post reminded hosts and hostesses across the country of the cardinal rule of entertaining: don’t have friends with allergies or different eating habits, because their company at your holiday dinner party is not worth the additional trouble you’ll go to trying to feed them. Vegetarians, vegans, those who are lactose intolerant, and those with Celiac disease and others who require a gluten-free diet, take note. You’re not someone who has taken a moral stand on eating, or even someone with an allergy–you’re a “picky eater.” And no matter how lively your banter or courteous your manners, you are apparently a host or hostess’ worst nightmare. More »