Archive for the ‘Allergies’ Category

Car air conditioners, asthma

July 13, 2009

Fungi growing in car air conditioners may induce respiratory problems such as asthma, hay fever and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. A study of almost 400 individuals revealed that about 18 percent suffered worsening of their symptoms after riding in air-conditioned cars. (Emergency Medicine 17:51-53, July 15, 1985) Copyright 1985 Phylis Austin

Bronchial asthma, food allergy

July 12, 2009

A Netherlands study reveals that food allergy may induce bronchial asthma more frequently than has been recognized in the past. (Annals of Allergy 55(2)387, August, 1985) Copyright 1985 Phylis Austin

Eucalyptus oil for dust mites

July 6, 2008

House dust mites are known to contribute to allergies and sometimes asthma. Mites are known to accumulate in bedding. Washing the bedding in very hot water eliminates about 95 percent of the mites. Researchers from Australia tested the use of eucalyptus oil in wash water with the use of lukewarm wash water. They poured 100 mL of eucalyptus oil in 25 mL of liquid detergent. The blankets were pre-soaked for 30 to 60 minutes, then washed using lukewarm water. The 0.2 percent solution of eucalyptus oil killed 97 percent of the dust mites on the blankets. (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 100:464-466, 1997) Copyright 1997 Phylis Austin

Milk allergy, anal fistula, fissure

July 6, 2008

Cow’s milk protein intolerance may cause anal fissures or fistulas. Milk allergy may also cause diarrhea, vomiting, constipation, and gastroesophageal reflux. (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 101(1 Pt 1)125-127, 1998) Copyright 1998 Phylis Austin