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...

Gluten-Free Healthy Snacks


Gluten is a particular mixture of proteins including glutelins and gliadins that are found in wheat grains. These proteins are water insoluble which is what gives dough its elastic and… well doughy… texture, but unfortunately they can also be hard to digest and absorb and many people have a gluten intolerance as a result. Thus gluten-free foods are of particular interest to many...

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...

Julie-Ann Amos

Julie-Ann Amos

Julie-Ann Amos is a qualified biologist (Genetics) and experienced freelance health and medical writer from Gloucestershire in the UK. She is also a licensed registered homeopath and is particularly interested in new developments in health and medicine.

Amos studied biological science and genetics at the University of East Anglia from 1980 to 1983 and received her BSc degree. She conducted post graduate study at the Institute of Administrative Management and in 1989 received a diploma in administrative management. In 1990 she enrolled at the University of Portsmouth and graduated with an MA degree in manpower studies and human resource management in 1992.

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