The following story just breaks my heart! Recently, an 11-year-old boy in the United Kingdom named Raffi Pownall died after eating a chocolate bar. He had a dairy allergy, and Raffi’s father, who gave him the bar, thought it was dairy-free. Turns out, the bar contained milk powder.
Did you know that allergies are one of the most common chronic diseases? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the United States with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. The CDC reports that more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.
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Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are one of the most popular sandwiches in the U.S., and if you have a child with a peanut allergy, you may be sad they’ve never had a chance to experience them. Good news though: The results of an ongoing clinical trial show wearable patches just might be the future of mitigating peanut allergies!
It has been allergy season for me, and recently, it all came to a head. I came home late one night. I had been gone all day. Looking for a nice fresh breeze to air out my home, I opened two doors to the outside – my mistake. I started sneezing like crazy almost every few seconds with seemingly no end to it for some 10-15 minutes. I had to do something. I could have taken antihistamines or cortisone nose sprays (helpful for nasal congestion, but weakens the nasal mucosa and can cause dryness and even nose bleeds), but I don't like to take medicine if I don’t need to. So I did the most practical thing I could think of.
For people who suffer from allergies, spring means bulk purchases of Kleenex and sniffling trips to the medicine cabinet. But while nasal steroids and decongestants might make you feel good temporarily, they have side effects as well. And while allergies might seem inevitable, a healthy dose of prevention may well keep you away from your usual medicines.
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