The Strangest Allergies You’ve Never Heard Of


Hay fever might be pretty frustrating but at least it’s kind of normal so you don’t feel too victimised by it. Misery loves company and you can be sure you won’t be the only one with streaming eyes around spring. But while hay fever is fairly common, there are many other lesser-known allergies that affect people in a myriad of unpleasant and unusual ways. Read on and we’ll...

What Is a Hypoallergenic Diet?


Food allergies are becoming an increasing problem. According to a 2008 study performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies increased about 18% in the decade between 1997 and 2007, and peanut allergies in children actually tripled between 1997 and 2008. An estimated 4% of adults and 8% of children suffer from a food allergy. Only eight foods are responsible for 90% of...

Hazelnut Allergy Symptoms


One of the most common nut allergies is hazelnut allergy. Nut allergies in general are one of the most common food allergies in the United States, and are not to be taken lightly. What is a nut allergy? Nut allergies, or any type of allergy for that matter, occur when your body’s immune system thinks that harmless substances are dangerous invaders. Someone who is allergic is reacting to something...

Fish Allergy Facts and Symptoms


Unlike some other food allergies, once a person has developed an allergy to seafood it is likely to be with them for the rest of their lives. An estimated 7 million Americans (2.3% of the population) have some sort of seafood allergy, whether to fish, shellfish, or both. Approximately 60% of those with fish allergies and 40% of those with shellfish allergies have experienced them since childhood...

Avocado Allergy Symptoms


Food allergy symptoms result when our immune system mistakes harmless foods and drinks for harmful substances. This is exactly what happens with avocado allergy. Upon consumption, your body thinks that avocados are invaders just like bacteria or viruses, and your immune system responds, causing a variety of symptoms. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, avocado allergy is...

New Research Presents Progress in Controlling Peanut Allergy Reactions


Anyone who suffers from peanut allergies knows that this seemingly innocuous legume can cause a host of unpleasant and potentially deadly symptoms. A cure for this allergy has been slow in coming, but scientists have recently made a potential breakthrough in the study of peanut allergies. Key Enzyme Found National Jewish Health in Denver recently conducted an experiment on mice that focuses on...

How Does Climate Change Affect Me – Hay Fever Edition


Just now out in the garden my ultra-liberal neighbor… ACHOO! … sorry…was going on and on about climate change and about …ACHOO! … how we had to do something about global warming before it began to actually affect us. I told her to…ACHOO! … buzz off because I had to go to the store to buy some antihistamines for my hay fever because I’d run out. Usually I don’t...

Learning About Food Allergies


Who has food allergies? Food allergies are an increasingly common problem all over the world. As many as 6% to 8% of children in the United States may be food allergic. While many allergies are outgrown, those to certain foods including peanuts and shellfish tend to persist into adulthood. Three to 4% of adults have food allergies. The numbers of allergic individuals are continuing to rise. In...

Allergic Asthma Symptoms, Treatments, Allergy Triggers, and More


Asthma is a chronic disease involving the bronchial tubes which move air in and out of the lungs. There are many forms of asthma. Allergic asthma is triggered by the presence of an allergen. An allergic response happens when a substance is introduced and antibodies mistake the harmless substance as a threat. To protect the body the antibodies begin to attack. Chemicals released by the immune...

What Is Hay Fever and How Can I Treat It?


Let’s start by saying what hay fever isn’t – it isn’t caused by hay, and it doesn’t produce a fever. It’s a form of allergic rhinitis, a collection of symptoms that occur when you are exposed to substances you are allergic to (allergens), and they provoke in your body an allergic reaction. In particular, the term hay fever refers to allergic rhinitis caused by...

Juliette Siegfried, MPH

Juliette Siegfried, MPH

Juliette Siegfried, MPH, has been involved in health communications since 1991. Shortly after obtaining her Master of Public Health degree, she began her career at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Juliette now lives in Europe, where she launched ServingMed(.)com, a small medical writing and editing business for health professionals all over the world.

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