Couldn’t help but notice the subject matter of this book…notice in the lower left-hand corner of the photo…
“He’s allergic to airborne”
It’s from a novel called Transister Radio.
Last night I bought a new brand of canned mixed southern greens. I love me some greens and Chow Chow, now!
Usually I am 100% safe on my food, but this time, I slipped and forgot to read the label on the can. I mean, how often have nuts gotten into my greens? That’s just bizarre.
I got home last night, opened a can of greens, and while it was heating up, I casually and habitually looked at the label. Contains: Wheat. Okay. May Contain Peanuts. What the hell?
Who eats peanuts in their greens? Greens. As in, green, leafy vegetables. Bizarre.
Anyway, I’ll be doing an allergy news podcast soon, I promise. It has been a busy week around here, there was a death in the family, you name it. Hope your holidays were safe and reaction free!
Send me your comments and questions, as always, to email@example.com
If you’re an allergy sufferer, when was the last time you thoroughly laundered or replaced your pillows?
BBC News reports:
A small thought to help you sleep when you next get your head down – a study shows the average pillow is home to a host of potentially-harmful fungi. A University of Manchester team found up to 16 types of fungi in pillows they analysed, the Allergy journal reported.
Researchers said feather pillows had fewer species than synthetic versions, particularly in the case of a fungus which exacerbates asthma.
Experts advise disinfecting pillows but say fungi occur in most environments.
The fungal spores found in the pillows fed off human skins scales and dust mite faeces.
Fungal contamination of bedding was first uncovered by studies carried out in the 1930s, but few studies have been done since then.
| I think it is still advisable to disinfect pillows and buy feather ones to help reduce the exposure in the home
Dr Geoffrey Scott, of the Fungal Research Trust
The microscopic fungus Aspergillus fumigatus was particularly evident in synthetic pillows.
This fungus commonly invades the lungs and sinuses and can worsen asthma. It is also known to cause infection in leukaemia and bone marrow transplant patients.
The team also found pillows which contained fungi as diverse as bread and vine moulds. Some also had fungi which would usually be found on damp walls.
Lead researcher Professor Ashley Woodcock said the findings showed there was a “miniature ecosystem” operating inside pillows.
He added: “Since people spend a third of their life sleeping and breathing close to a potentially large and varied source of fungi, these findings certainly have important implications for patients with respiratory disease – especially asthma and sinusitis.”
Dr Geoffrey Scott, chairman of the Fungal Research Trust, which funded the study, said the findings were interesting.
“I think particularly for asthma patients this is relevant. These fungi are found in the environment, so we are exposed to them everywhere.
“But I think it is still advisable to disinfect pillows and buy feather ones to help reduce the exposure in the home.”
A spokesperson for the charity Asthma UK said: “We are aware that patients at the severe end of the spectrum of asthma are more likely to be hypersensitive to fungi than others with asthma.
“If you think that fungi could be a trigger for you, you should consult your GP or asthma nurse for advice.”
Story from BBC NEWS:
Published: 2005/10/14 23:58:46 GMT
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I give up trying to fix the feed. I’m asking them to take it off the directory so I can re-submit the feed. Maybe then it will update. In the meantime, please use the RSS feed links listed below to listen through an alternative podcatcher, or use Podcast Pickle (I really like that site), or just click the mp3 links below.
There are now three episodes of Allergy News.
This morning I posted another new segment in the Allergy News podcast feed. I’m having a little trouble right now understanding the finicky whims of RSS, so if you notice there are not three episodes showing up in the feed, just bear with me. This morning’s episode is about a child having a reaction at school (in the news recently), and an article about allergy shots.
I will make an effort to get back here and post those exact links ASAP, but the schedule lately is beyond hectic, and with the RSS issues (still not updating through iTunes, for example), I’m a little harried and frazzled…
Anyway, the link to Allergy News on Podcast Pickle is in the entry below this one, have a listen there if your podcast-catcher software isn’t downloading the latest episodes.
Take care and be safe!
PS If you really need a direct access link, the latest podcast is here. (I prefer that you use a podcast catcher and subscribe to the feed, or use Podcast Pickle and the like so I can see how many actual plays the episode gets.) 🙂
I don’t know what the problem is, but iTunes isn’t picking up the latest edition of Allergy News. You can listen to it through any other podcast catcher.
As a matter of fact, you can hear it through Podcast Pickle’s website without even downloading a player. Click here to listen at the Pickle.
It’s a little disheartening that iTunes hasn’t fixed this yet, but I guess they’ve got thousands of podcasts to fix on any given day. I’ve noticed that from time-to-time other podcasts (big, professional, robust podcasts) are also showing up as “broken” through iTunes.
Give it a listen!
Also, yesterday I added a boatload of new shirts to the best-selling shops on allergyware.com. Where there had only been three products w/ one design, now there are twenty. That was only in three or four shops (it was taking some time to do), but I will probably keep expanding and doing more.
I still take requests, and my turn-around time should be better now (I’ve worked out a schedule to have set time to work on these). Thanks for your continued support. I continue to only break even on this project–it’s a labor of love, not a money maker.
Have a great day!
Originally submitted to clubmom.com (if approved, will appear in January)
Living in our house is not very conducive to routine cleaning, or routines of any kind. Three kids in less than four years, two careers, various entrepreneurial exploits, & numerous creative pursuits add up a busy place full of vitality and energy. We’re progressive, adventurous, exploratory. The last thing we like to do is stop and do anything remedial, but when it comes to environmental allergies, sometimes that’s the very thing we need to do.
When our oldest was first diagnosed (then tested and confirmed to have) nearly every allergy on the 64-item environmental allergy test sheet, my husband Steve and I went overboard removing sources of allergens from our environment. Sure, we kept the cats, but we vowed to wash them frequently, we invested in an air ionizer, we bought mattress covers, got rid of the shades, gave away stuffed animals, the works. We did it all.
Facing our first bout of the Winter Snifflies this year, I started doing a mental inventory of all those allergen-free-home tactics we’d adapted so long ago. No one had come around to issue a report card on our Allergen-Free Home Compliance—so how we were doing? Our middle child’s nose was running, and I knew from experience that if it wasn’t attended to quickly, his clear sinus drainage would turn cloudy, then there would be fevers, sleepless nights, and one very uncomfortable child kicking and screaming when it was time for medicine, leading to one frustrated mom and dad. No, thanks!
Here’s a list of methods we’ve employed in the past three years to get us through the winters with as few allergy-related winter colds as possible. Maybe this will be a reminder for you, as well:
1.) Change that air filter in the furnace. Yes, you really did just change it last month, and it’s possible that your relatives or parents don’t need to change theirs as often, but so what? If it’s dirty, then change it.
2.) Try out an air ionizer. Since these can be pricey, shop around for features and opinions. Some emit an ozone smell that you may find intolerable. Others may be smell-free but require daily cleaning that you might find hard to fit into your busy schedule. Before you buy, think about whether or not this product will really help you, and if so, whether you will maintain it properly. (We’ve personally had great success with our ionizer, but, alas, it is currently broken, thus, this tip!)
3.) If you use a humidifier to soothe your child’s cold or cough, inspect the room for any new growth of mold. Mold spores left unchecked can quickly repeat the cycle of allergic reaction, then sinus infection, then weakened immune system, then another cold or the dreaded flu. It goes without saying that you’ve cleaned the humidifier prior to and following its use, of course.
4.) Don’t just use your vacuum for spilled Cheerios–take care of those window blinds and shades. Dust the ceiling fans and inspect the air returns. While you’re at it, change your shower curtain and that mat in the bottom of the tub. Anywhere there’s water, there will be mold growing, and that stuff is going into your kid’s lungs. Maybe you could set a date on your monthly calendar to do this every single month, so you don’t forget.
5.) Keep your eyes peeled at your child’s school or daycare. I’ve personally eyed inch-thick dust on the air returns of public buildings like churches, community centers, health clubs, and libraries. Duct-cleaning services can take care of this sort of problem in relatively short order. Remember to remain gracious when you bring this subject up with the administration.
6.) Wash your pets regularly, or at least wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove dander. If you’re really busy, your animals might even mistake this for affection and learn to like it!
7.) If the medication your child is taking no longer seems to be working, and you’ve tried all of the above, then don’t be afraid to take it up with your doctor. You might need to switch brands, have an increased dosage, stop the medication altogether and try something else, like allergy shots. Maybe your child is already taking shots and the serum needs to be re-formulated. It’s your doctor’s responsibility to diagnose and prescribe treatment, but it’s your responsibility to keep track of the results, so don’t be remiss in reporting them.
By no means is this intended to be an exhaustive list of fail-safe cures for the Winter Snifflies, but it should give you a few action items to add to your Cold Prevention to-do list. I certainly will be adding them to mine, again, and again, I’m sure.