Monthly Archives: June 2015

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What happens during an Allergic Reaction?

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When the body comes in proximity to certain foreign substances, known as antigens, the immune system gets triggered. Our immune system normally protects us from all harmful agents including toxins and bacteria. But sometimes, it overreacts to certain substances, which are purely harmless. These substances are known as allergens and the body’s reaction is known as allergic reaction.  

Common Allergens- The most common allergens are dust, pollen, medications, insect bites, plants, bacteria, viruses and food items. Basically, anything can be an allergen.

Allergic Reaction SymptomsWhat happens during an Allergic Reaction?

  • Allergic reaction may occur at one particular place, such as a rash, face bumps, and itchy eyes, or all over, such as hives (urticaria) that occur on the whole body.

  • Most allergic reactions are very minor, such as a rash caused to bug & mosquito bites and sneezing caused due to hay fever. The type of response to an allergen depends on the body’s immune system and is unpredictable. Allergic reactions can also be life-threatening (anaphylaxis), and according to an estimate at least 1 in every 50 Americans suffers from it.

  • Some other common symptoms are- skin irritation, itching, redness, swelling, blistering, weeping, hives, tightness, cough, shortness of breath, bumps on eyelids, lips neck, face and throat, stuffy nose, eyes that are itchy, watery, or swollen, and vomiting.

Allergic Reaction Causes

The allergens causing such reactions are unique to everybody and the reaction time also varies. The most common allergens are peanuts, shellfish, dairy products and white. While the most unusual allergens are sunlight, exercise, stress, temperature changes, injuries, and emotions.

Allergic Reaction Treatment

After the diagnosis of the allergic reaction and the removal of the allergen, antihistamine medications are given to the patient.

If the reaction is severe, the patient may require other therapies such as intravenous fluids for boosting blood pressure and oxygen for breathing. Sometimes, people may need to be hospitalized.

A combination of allergic symptoms can be sudden, rapid and may even be life-threatening. A shock may also be caused due to sudden dilation of blood vessels, leading to unconsciousness, cardiac arrests or even death. In such situations, it is necessary that the people around and the doctors know what has exactly happened to the patient for carrying out a faster treatment.

For immediate rescue in such situations, the patients must wear medical bracelets. Medical bracelets for allergic patients are engraved with the type of allergy. So, in situations of shock and emergency, the doctors won’t have to spend much time on diagnosis. They’d know that the situation of the patient is due to some particular allergen and they can continue with the proper treatment. These medical bracelets look really stylish so that the patients don’t hesitate away from wearing them.

Feel free to share your experience with allergic reactions, your feedback about the bracelets and any other suggestions that you may have for improving the chances of saving a life in situations of emergency by commenting below.

 

Jon

5 Myths and Facts about Allergies

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Myths and Facts about AllergiesThe price of our lives is an eternal vigilance. Whenever you have food allergies, then that will be your reality. Every meal, every bite, every day – eating is an essential and intrinsic part of who we are and what we do, and the thought that our bodies may rebel aggressively to the food that we eat every day might be hard to believe. However, that is only a reality, the number of the people who are severely allergic in foods keep growing. Annoyingly, we do not know the ideas behind all of these.

The prevention in food allergy approaches is a predictable part of school, workplace, sports, and travel. The peanuts on the planes might have disappeared completely. Those days when your lunchbox is packed with peanut butter sandwich is over, because a lot of schools ban all of the products that contain peanuts. This is all because of the peanut allergy myths that spread around. It is all about the education systems which became a ground zero for the myths about food allergies policies and programs where the educators are tested to make sure that schools must be a safe environment for all the children, and some of them have a long list of allergies in foods.

So what makes it interesting to know about the food allergies? Including facts about allergies for kids? Here are some interesting facts about food allergies.

A survey shows that up to about 30% of the parents think that their child may have an allergy on peanut. However, the real numbers are actually much lower. Just a little of more than three million Americans have allergies on peanuts that is less than 1 person in every hundred.

Not all of the allergies can be outgrown. Around 80% of the kids can outgrow egg, wheat, and milk allergies, however, 20% of them will only outgrow the allergies in peanuts. A lot of children had outgrown their allergies in milk when they reach the age of 2 or 3. Even though, allergies in milk are usual to kids, you may develop an allergy in milk at any age.

Hyperactivity is not a common symptom for food allergies because hives is the most common symptom for such allergies whereas asthma and eczema is the most usual illnesses that can be seen with allergies in foods. Hives are often developed for like two hours after the meal. Some symptoms of food allergies are tightness of throat, tingling in mouth, diarrhea, vomiting, trouble breathing, and wheezing.

Myth about the rice and lamb cannot be a reason of food allergies is usual due to the fact that rice and lamb were frequently used in the start of the elimination diet in seeing what food a person may have sensitivity to. Even though allergy to rice and lamb is not common, it is possible. Foods which contain protein may cause an allergy.

Vaccines which are grown on the embryos, like flu vaccine, might contain an egg protein. Even though you need to be conscious of the dangers and talk about it with your doctor, you possibly can get a vaccination. Intranasal flu vaccine can contain an egg protein and this is not recommended whenever you have an allergy on eggs.

It is known that food allergies might be dangerous if you do not put attention to it. So for any suggestion about any substitute to some allergies in food, feel free to comment.

Jon

Deafblind Awareness Week: Wed 24th Jun – Tue 30th Jun 2015

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Deafblind Awareness WeekDeafblindness is a condition that has been present for so long now. Popular personalities who possess this disability include the famous activist and American author Helen Keller. Although some people can get over this handicap, we can never deny the fact that at some point in a deafblind person’s life, he or she encounters some problems in dealing with this condition. Since advances in deafblind communication are relatively a new technology for us to make use of, we should be aware that not all people are informed about this.

What is deafblindness?

Deafblindness, as the word obviously suggests, is a condition in which both the sight and hearing senses of an individual are impaired. It could be caused by congenital, genetic or acquired factors. The degree to which both the hearing and sight is affected vary among individuals. In some cases, this disability is reversible but most of the time, it is not. People who live with this handicap learn to live with deafblind communication tactics that somehow allow them to live normally.

How is deafblind communicationpossible?

Deafblind people can communicate effectively by making use of any residual senses. Even if there are existing problems in a person’s hearing or sight, aids can be used to maximise whatever is left with these senses such as hearing aids and usage of large prints. Other technologies are also available to allow the deafblind to communicate even if their hearing and seeing senses are completely non-existent; for instance, tactile signing and the popular Braille system. Moreover, deafblind awareness and communication training has made the advances of these technologies to become possible and available for people who need them.

Do all deafblind people have access to communication technologies?

Sadly, not all deafblind people are aware of the advances in technology concerning the ways on how they can live normal lives despite the handicap. People, especially the ones living in poor countries, continue to live through a life that is secluded from society because of their inability to receive and share information.

By participating in the Deafblind Awareness week which will happen from June 24 (Wednesday) to June 30, 2015 (Tuesday), you can help alleviate the current state of deafblind people who continue to live in ignorance of the available ways that they can live normally. This is the perfect event for people who are deafblind and for those who want to help to widen their perspective about deafblindness. By participating in this event, you can have a chance of making a difference in the lives of those who are suffering from this disability.

 

Jon

National Breastfeeding Week: Sat 20th June – Fri 26th June 2015

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national breastfeeding weekPlanning on breastfeeding, but confused what to expect? As the national breastfeeding week, to be held from 20th June to 26th June approaches, I have compiled some useful tips exclusively for the new mothers.

  • Breastfeeding is essential for your baby. The early milk produced, also known as Colostrum, is an important source of antibodies, which helps your baby to develop immunity power during the years of early growth.
  • It will also help you to shed all those pregnancy pounds as in general you burn up to 400-500 calories. It also benefits by reducing the risk of postpartum depression and breast and ovarian cancer.
  • Don’t be surprised if it hurts in the beginning. The first two weeks can be a tough experience. As they say- “practice makes perfect”. But don’t forget to seek personal or professional help in case you need so. Consult with your family members and close friends. Their valuable inputs will guide you a lot.
  • Choose your diet carefully. Foods rich in protein, calcium and iron are a must. Lentils, whole grained products, cereals or dark green leafy vegetables should do the trick. Egg and dairy products should provide your protein and citrus fruits the vitamin C.
  • Consider taking supplements. Vitamin B-12 is essential in these circumstances. And make sure your body is getting an adequate amount of Vitamin D.
  • While breastfeeding certain cautions are required to be adopted. Avoid alcohol, if possible. Otherwise, don’t breastfeed until the alcohol has completely been drained from your system, which might require 3 to 4 hours.
  • Don’t consume caffeinated drinks more than 2-3 cups per day. It might cause problem with your baby’s sleep.
  • Be careful if you are using a breast pump. Try not to over pump right away. Consult a reputable lactation consultation. Take good care of your breasts and nipples. Moisturize them regularly and don’t be afraid to use nipple shields.
  • Have plenty, and when I say plenty I mean PLENTY of water. You need maximum hydration.
  • And finally, never be ashamed of breastfeeding in public. Always remember it is one of the most beautiful things, so there is nothing to be embarrassed about.

As the World Breastfeeding Week, organised by WABA, WHO and UNICEF approaches, I hope these simple tips come in handy for new mothers to deal with problems faced during breastfeeding. Enjoy your motherhood, take care of your little angels and don’t forget to take care of yourself too.

Please leave a small comment or suggestions about the article, if you found this useful in
anyway.

Jon

World Blood Donor Day: Sunday, 14th June, 2015

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World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year on 14th June. Donating blood is a wonderful thing that you can do in your life. The person who donates blood to others restores the faith and the definition of humanity. If you want to do something good in your life that you can be proud of, then please participate in the blood donor day, 2015 without any hesitation. Here are some important blood donor facts that you must know:

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1.Blood donation is the only way of fetching blood for patients who are in need: Despite scientific, technological and medical advances, blood cannot be done manually. Therefore, there is only one way to fetch blood for the patients who are in need of blood. And the way is people who actively donate blood for the needy.

2. Each blood donation can help up to three patients: Here, you can see the importance of donating blood. Your blood donation can be of help to three patients who require blood urgently for their survival. This is because, in each blood donation, three different and important blood components are obtained. Each blood component has a role to treat patients and therefore, one blood donation can treat 3 different patients.

3. The components of blood have a limited life: The three important components of blood are Red blood cells (RBC), platelets and plasma. Red blood cells can be kept for a maximum of 42 days. Plasma can be stored for a maximum of 1 year and platelets can be stored for a maximum of 5 days. Therefore, due to these restrictions, new blood donors are always required.

4. Approximately 1000 blood donations are needed every day: The need for blood donations is high because blood is needed all the time to treat critical patients. In the hospitals and nursing homes, blood components and blood are required to treat patients every day. Regular blood donations ensure that patients will get treated properly. However, there are some blood donor restrictions. If you are a man, then you can donate blood a maximum of four times in a year, whereas if you are a woman, you can donate blood three times in a year keeping a gap of 2 months between the blood donations.

5. Demand for blood is growing: Transfusion of blood components and blood is an
integral part of health care. As there are so many serious patients, demand for world
medicine blood is growing.

Hence, you must do your part on blood donor day 2015. Your small deed can save many lives. It
will be a great step towards humanity. Do leave your comments and suggestions about how we
can make the world blood donor day, 2015 a successful one.

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