Allergy & Asthma

HEPA Filters

HEPA Filters – Types, Conditions Treated, Tips for Buying

Also called: High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance, True HEPA, HEPA Air Filter, High Efficiency Particulate Air Filter Summary HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters are air filters that remove particles from the air by forcing air through screens with microscopic pores. This makes them highly effective at reducing the number of allergens and asthma triggers (e.g., dust, …

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Exercise Induced Anaphylaxis

Exercise Induced Anaphylaxis & Urticaria

Summary Exercise-induced anaphylaxis and urticaria are allergic conditions that flare up when a person exercises. Both are triggered by an overreaction of the immune system. However, anaphylaxis (a generalized allergic reaction involving two or more body systems) is a much more dangerous condition than urticaria (red, swollen patches of skin) and may require emergency medical …

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Exercise and Allergies

Exercise and Allergies

Summary Regular exercise is an important part of staying healthy. It strengthens cardiopulmonary (heart and lung) function and delays the degenerative effects of aging. It is also believed to boost the immune system. However, those with allergies often need to take special precautions during exercise. Pollens in the air, stinging insects and pollutants are just a few …

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Avoidance

Avoidance

Summary Allergies are exaggerated reactions of the immune system to certain foreign substances that it mistakes as a threat to the body. Avoidance is the first choice of treatment a physician recommends to patients diagnosed with allergies. It is a strategy in which the patient tries to limit exposure to allergens (any substance that the …

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Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis – Causes, Signs and Symptoms, Treatment

Summary Anaphylaxis is a rare, severe allergic reaction that often begins immediately after an individual has been exposed to a particular allergen. Without prompt emergency treatment, anaphylaxis may interfere with a person’s ability to breathe, or lead to shock. Anaphylaxis does not occur on an individual’s first exposure to an allergen. Instead, prior exposures sensitize …

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