Mold Allergy Treatments – Fluconazole

nasal allergy suffererFluconazole is a prescription drug being used for the treatment of mold allergies.  Mold allergy treatments can be very similar to those for hayfever and seasonal allergies.  Sometimes though more non mainstream approaches are necessary.  Fluconazole for mold allergies is becoming one of the mold allergy treatments that seem to be working for many mold allergy sufferers.

Chronic sinus problems and typical airborne allergy symptoms like sneezing and nasal congestion can confuse those with mold allergies.  You need to consider whether your symptoms persist even when pollen counts are not at levels that affect seasonal allergy sufferers.

Across the United States mold problems are increasing with the increased rains and snows of the last few years.  Mold grows in dark, wet places as well as being in the outdoors in the warmer weather.  Confirm that you indeed have a mold allergy by having your doctor take a culture of your nose.  Based on the kind of mold found your doctor may recommend an anti-fungal medication in addition to fluconazole for mold allergies.

Sickness can be caused by mold found inside the home and tends to affect those with weaker immune systems like kids and older adults.  If symptoms develop that make you think you have allergies you need to consider not just pollen but mold that can grow in your home as well.  One of the treatments your doctor or allergist may recommend is fluconazole for mold allergies.

Typically doctors exhaust other options before turning to fluconazole for mold allergies.  Prescription level medicines can have side effects so they usually are used last.  Fluconazole which also can go by Diflucan is used to treat yeast infections.  Yeast is a type of fungus so that is why the relationship developed to use fluconazole for mold allergies.

Whether you use fluconazole for allergies or any other mold allergy treatment, finding and cleaning up any mold problems in your house will undoubtedly help to alleviate your mold allergy symptoms as well.  Though some of the places where mold can grow are obvious like bathrooms and basements cleaning them may require professional help.

As someone who has suffered with sinus symptoms and nasal allergy symptoms as well it is interesting to see how mold allergy treatments may hold relief for symptoms that can last all year long.  As with any drug using fluconazole for mold allergies can cause side effects.  With the help of your doctor you can balance out the cost benefit of using this prescription medicine.  You should also ask them about cross effects with both over the counter and prescription that you are using as well.

Can Tattoo Allergies be Avoided?

woman with tattoosTattoo allergies may be a concern when you are considering taking the leap for that cool tattoo.  When considering whether to get a tattoo or not most people don’t realize that they may experience an allergic reaction to the tattoo.  Though this is rare it can be scary and it will take away from the experience of getting that much wanted tattoo.

Rare as it is tattoo allergies are getting more attention because tattoos themselves have become much more mainstream.  Once something associated with the Harley Davidson crowd,  men and women of varying ages are using it as a form of expression.  Older folks are not as willing to put up with discomfort without complaining to a doctor, usually their dermatologist.

Tattoo allergies are usually considered an allergic reaction to the ink being used for the tattoo.  The ink has materials that let’s face it are foreign to the human body.  Some past inks that are not used as much are red and yellow inks that used to contain mercury in them.  Today there still are inks that can trigger allergic reactions though.  They may contain cadmium, nickel and chromium.  As someone getting a tattoo odds are you are not reading the ingredients on the bottle of ink the tattoo artist is using so you need to be ready to ask them.

Sadly the truth is you may not be able to avoid tattoo allergies even with research.  Many times the allergic reaction does not take place until maybe years later so testing yourself beforehand may seem like a safe bet for avoiding tattoo allergies but in reality it isn’t a guarantee.

When a tattoo allergy manifests itself a rash and possible inflammation occurs on the tattoo site.  Some people see this reaction based on the weather and even when they may be sick with a fever.  Itchiness can also be a sign that may show up more during hot weather.

If you do develop a tattoo allergy you can try over the counter creams to treat your rash like hydrocortizone and antibiotic creams.  As a safer bet you may want to consult with your dermatologist first because some information online suggests that the creams themselves may be causing the bad reactions.

Besides not getting a tattoo at all 😉 making sure your tattoo artist uses acceptable practices for cleanliness won’t hurt.  If you are predisposed to allergies already odds are that you may end up experiencing tattoo allergies so researching ink ingredients and discussing them with your tattoo artist may also help you avoid tattoo allergies.  Please keep in mind though that a tattoo allergy is statistically rare.

The Myth of Frequent Urination and Food Allergies

Fish and egg salad sandwichIs frequent urination tied to food allergies?  Though there are a few articles online advancing this theory, the truth is that no connection has been made in the world of medical studies.  This doesn’t necessarily mean that the connection will not someday be established but it is important to look at all the known causes for frequent urination before assuming there is a cause between your frequent urination and food allergies.

It isn’t hard to see how the jump can be made in associating this problem with food allergies since food allergy symptoms do include stomach related upset like diarrhea and abdominal pain.  The theory is that wheat allergy and gluten allergy are specific suspects in the correlation between food allergies and frequent  urination.

Celiac disease sufferers are of specific interest here since their problems with the digestion of gluten products cause a variety of intestinal issues.  Some people with Celiac Disease have reported frequent urination as a symptom so there may end up being a basis in that regard.

Other culprits that have been tagged as suspects are foods high in acid.  This would also include drinks like sodas, tea and cranberry juice.  Interestingly enough foods can affect people in different ways.  I for one know that if I combine orange juice with peanut butter and jelly I am headed to the  bathroom within 15 minutes.  Is this the acid in the orange juice or the wheat and gluten in the wheat bread for my sandwich?  Keep in mind that some soda and coffee drinkers have many of these drinks a day which in and of itself may cause you to go to the bathroom often.

As with food allergies in general, cataloging what you eat and the allergic symptoms they may cause will allow you to make more progress than just guessing.  Frequent urination is a symptom of a variety of possible illnesses like Diabetes so a doctor should rule all of them out before you just assume your frequent urination is associated with your food allergies.  Another area the doctor may look at are the medicines that you are taking.  Many medicines have what may appear to be benign side effects including frequent urination including some allergy medicines.

Frequent urination though may be more than a nuisance if it is affecting your ability to do the things that you need to do and the things that you want to do.  There a plenty of medicines being marketed for over active bladder so that may be an option for you depending on your doctor’s advice.  If you truly suspect that  your frequent urination is associated with a food allergy or a food intolerance make sure you go into the doctor armed with a catalog that can help them pinpoint the problem.

Skin Allergies and Rashes

apply cream to skin on handSkin allergies and rashes seem to go hand in hand but that is not always the case.  Rashes can be caused by serious illnesses like chicken pox(and shingles), measles, and rosacea.  Skin allergies are caused by reactions to contact with certain things or even reactions to medicines like penicillin.  Particular allergic reactions that involve the skin are hives that can be the cause of anything from food allergies to seasonal allergies.

Though skin allergies can be embarrassing it is important to make sure you tell your doctor about them.  With children it is also important to let them know not to be embarrassed and to communicate with their parents and their health care providers.  Skin allergy symptoms like itching can be painful but also can be a symptom of something more serious so don’t let embarrassment and the gross factor stop you from getting the help you or your child may need.

So what causes skin allergies?  As mentioned before food allergies can cause hives which are a form of skin allergy.  Another type of skin allergy that can affect many people without them knowing is contact dermatitis which basically is the inflammation of the skin when someone comes in contact with something.  The culprits can include:

  • Metals
  • Chemicals
  • Rubber
  • Plants – Flowers
  • Pets – Cats and Dogs

The resulting symptoms can include redness, swelling, burning, stinging, itching, and blisters. These symptoms usually appear on the face and hands.

Prickly heat is also one of those innocent seeming skin allergies that pop up in both children and adults who seem particularly sensitive to artificial heat.  Many of my family members seem to experience this in houses with forced hot air systems for heat.  It is usually a mild reaction with small red dots and minor itching that goes away pretty quickly.  Heat is not the only cause of prickly heat since it could be a symptom of other allergies as well.

Food allergies can cause many rashes including Uritcaria.  This rash has burned type of look to it with the outer edges being a lighter red than the middle which can be very read.  Eczema is probably one of the better known skin allergies next to hives perhaps.  It is often associated with asthma as well as allergies and can be quite dramatic and widespread on the body.  The raised red patches of skin can be very dry and itchy and can be on the face and hands which make it particularly uncomfortable for the sufferer.  Though there are many creams that attempt to treat Eczema some cases do not really get much better with those treatments.  Managing what your skin is reacting to is can impact the severity of the Eczema particularly for those that see a correlation between their Eczema and food allergies for example.

Hives are red and itchy patches of skin. There are 2 kinds of hives. Acute hives can last up to 6 weeks. They are caused by food allergies, medications, bug bites, and signs of diseases. Chronic hives thankfully are not very common. The last indefinitely, on and off over long periods of time. The causes for chronic hives is not currently known. Some doctors think they may be stress induced.

Skin allergies can take some time to treat.  Meeting with a dermatologist and an allergist can provide you with a path to the relief of skin discomfort.  There are many over the counter remedies they may recommend like cortizone creams.  Some cases may require the use of allergy shots to help manage your skin allergies.

Types of Allergies Expand Daily

allergy suffererAs someone who writes about allergies regularly I am sometimes amazed at the different types of allergies that are being categorized.  Sometimes it seems the list is being expanded daily.  Many times those not familiar with seasonal allergy symptoms confuse them with a cold while someone with a food allergy might think they got a case of food poisoning.  The types of allergies dictate your symptoms and how or whether there is an allergy treatment that may help alleviate your allergy symptoms.  This is why it is so important to understand the different kinds of allergies.

Top level types of allergies are categories like seasonal allergies and food allergies but their are so many different allergens that can be the cause in each.  Though one person might be allergic to the growth of grass in the spring another may only be allergic to ragweed.  Some of us may be allergic to many of the pollen types that pop up in the spring and fall.  For food allergies some may experience an egg allergy while another may be allergic to wheat or gluten.

The reality is that having allergy symptoms is just the first step toward identifying the types of allergies you may have followed by many other steps that include consultations with doctors and different methods and attempts to treat your allergy symptoms.  Allergy medicines may work on some while not on others.  Some may even end up trying more natural allergy treatments like acupuncture for allergies.

A myth that I was actually a victim of was that you are born with whatever types of allergies you are going to have.  That is not true.  Some allergies can develop over time like seasonal allergies.  Babies that may be born with a peanut allergy may never be able to eat peanuts while they may actually outgrow a milk allergy.  Exposure is a big component of developing allergies with a good example being people who develop allergies when they move.  This can be to another country or state but even a house.

Some people do not get exposed to the level of dust or pet dander that is sufficient to trigger significant allergy symptoms until they bump into a specific situation or environment that brings those types of allergies to light.  When I moved from a house with steam heat to one with forced hot air my nasal allergy symptoms rose dramatically because not only was the heating system blowing pollen around it also was blowing more dust around as well.  A dust allergy which is actually a dust mite allergy is harder to manage with this type of heating system.  Living with a pet can also cause you to develop pet allergies that you didn’t know you had since pet allergies don’t often show up right away.

One of the key things to understand about all the different types of allergies is that true allergies involve the immune system and it’s reaction to the protein in the specific allergen.  Sometimes things like intolerances and sensitivities seem like they are an allergy but they are not.  Lactose intolerance is not a milk allergy for example and being sensitive to substances in the air like smoke is not an eye allergy.  As the types of allergies continue to expand treatments will evolve that include both allergy medicines and more natural treatments so keeping up with news on the allergy front may get you closer to living a more allergy free life.

Lake Water Allergies – An UnExpected Allergy

person coming out of lake waterLake water allergies are not something most people think about as they are taking the leap off the rope going in or just wading with their kids to get cool on a hot summer day.  Nature is an interesting thing since for some of us it can cause unexpected reactions.  Lake water allergies also sometimes called swimmer’s itch are caused not by foreign substances in the lake but natural contamination from the creatures that consider the lake their habitat.

If you are predisposed to skin allergies odds are that you may have a bad reaction to lake water.  The level of discomfort can be very high.  Whether it is a lake or a pond these allergies can be bad enough to cause scars from the rashes they cause.  Lake water allergies can be caused whether the water seems clear or not.  Lakes in the United States can contain parasites that cause these allergies.  Birds and mammals leave these as they travel on and over the lakes.

What can you expect if you get lake water allergies?  Tingling, itching and even burning of the skin usually happens within hours of being exposed to the contaminated lake water.  Red pimples that can turn into blisters can show up as late as 12 hours after swimming in the water.  Usually if you treat the skin with allergy creams or ointments the blisters will go away.  If not you should definitely visit a doctor.  This may be warranted anyway if the blisters are too uncomfortable.

Some people may choose to ignore milder symptoms of their lake water allergies.  They may be too excited about potential vacation time that they had planned for a long time.  It may just be so hot that you have to take that dip in the water.  This is not a good idea because prolonged exposure to the contaminated water that causes your skin allergies will only make them worse.  You may also develop a more serious reaction that can include fever, skin lesions and even shortness of breath.

Once you find you have experienced lake water allergies your best bet of course is to avoid getting in the water.  Their are so many possible contaminants in both pond and lake water it would be very difficult to try to pinpoint what exactly is causing your reaction.  Keep in mind that pollen can also be found on lake and pond water and we know that pollen can cause significant allergy symptoms too.  So for most people the approach would probably be “Better Safe Than Sorry”.