Posts Tagged ‘ragweed’

Dogs, Cats, Dust Mites May Increase Allergic Reaction to Hay Fever

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

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A recent study published in the Annals of Allergy. Asthma & Immunology reported that year round allergies to dogs, cats, and dust mites seem to pre-prime the immune system so that symptoms appear earlier or are more severe when confronted by rag weed. In the study researchers wanted to determine why some individuals develop symptoms during ragweed season earlier than others. Testing several perennial allergens they found that being allergic to dogs, cats or dust mites set those suffers up for a quicker onset of hay fever symptoms when exposed to ragweed. In the study 123 people were allergic to ragweed and of these 66% were positive for cat allergies, 63% were allergic to dog allergies and 73% were allergic to dust mites. All were exposed to ragweed for 3 hours and completed symptom questionnaires every 30 minutes during exposure. In general, those who tested positive for dog, cat, and dust mite allergies developed symptoms either faster or to a greater degree than those who tested negative to these. This difference seemed to disappear after 3 hours so that once the hay fever season is in full swing, the differences between the two groups no longer existed. It was suggested that to avoid the overload at the beginning of the hay fever season, sufferers with perennial allergies (dog,cat, dust) should avoid them beforehand or treat their perennial allergy symptoms before hay fever season.

Seasonal Allergies Discussed by Dr Fred Pescatore and Dr Lauren Feder

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

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Yesterday, Dr Carl O Helvie, Host, the Holistic Health Show, interviewed Dr Fred Pescatore and Dr Lauren Feder about seasonal allergies. Dr Pescatore is an internationally known physician who is recognized as a health, nutrition, and weight loss expert, has hosted his own radio show and appeared on major radio and television programs, authored several books including the best seller Thin for Good. and and the Allergy and Asthma Cure, and Founded the Dr Pescatore’s Health for Good products. More information on Dr Pescatore and his activities was identified on an earlier blog and can be found at: www.Hamptomsdiet.com

Dr Lauren Feder, a nationally known physician is in private group practice in Los Angeles, has appeared on national programs including Oprah and Friends with Dr Mehmet Oz, and is author of Natural Baby and Child Care and The Parents Concise Guide to Childhood Vaccines. More information appeared on an earlier blog and can also be found at www.drfeder.com