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Symptoms of mould allergies may leave you guessing?

Almost everyone has a bit of mold in their home. Typically this mold is not important and is unlikely to cause you harm but if you start to feel unwell, for instance, in the winter time it’s a good idea to be familiar with what the typical mold allergy symptoms are so you can be aware and take steps which may assist in alleviating mould allergy symptoms. Just as with a seasonal allergy symptom, certain symptoms such as ongoing sneezing, . So if you have realized that you’ve been sneezing greater than normal lately, then this may mean that you have a mold allergy. You may also realize that you’ve eye problems like a burning or runny nose, and lots of extra mucous. Many people who’ve asthma use a mold allergy symptom and so they don’t realize it and merely assume it is asthma they are dealing with. Should anyone ever have any of the symptoms you are likely to require and confer with your doctor in order to use you and be sure that you will be getting mold allergy treatment that you might want here. You can deal with your allergies and do not must base your lifetime around them and be worried about dealing with the symptoms all the time.

Can mould exposure make you feel unwell?

Mould is a member of the fungus family and is a branching-type of growth called hyphae. Mould rarely “dies” from heat or cold exposure, and can remain dormant until a particular season (autumn) or event (thunder storms or heavy rain) occurs after which it becomes active and grows.

Where does mould grow?

Mould lives in moist conditions where there is oxygen and other chemicals. Mould may be found on dead or dying vegetation; moist & shady areas or on rotting vegetation such as leaves. Mould can also be found in damp basements,  cupboards & bathrooms as well as in food storage areas such as refrigerators. Whilst we all know that indoor plants are often considered indoor greenhouses their soil & leaves may also support the growth of mould. Another interesting area where mould can be located is in air conditioners & humidifiers; mattresses; upholstered furniture and of course in garbage containers

What is mould allergy?

Mould spores or fragments may be inhaled through the nose and into the lungs and, in sensitive individuals, these exposures may cause allergic reaction. Symptoms of mould reactions may include:
  • hay fever-like symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes or a skin rash;
  • wheezing or other symptoms in people who have asthma and are sensitive to mould;
  • fatigue or a sense of lethargy and depression;
  • as well as other unexplained recurring symptoms which may re-occur at specific times of the year.
If you would like to know more about the testing and treatment of a large variety of moulds please call YourHealth Brighton on (03) 9596 0757

Do you know what is in your wine? Eggs, milk, fish, shellfish, wheat?

Allergykids Foundation had an interesting online article which stated that allergens can be added during ‘fining’, which is the process of clarifying wine, by removing undesirable odors, colors, and flavors. One of the most widely used fining agents is bentonite (a type of clay) which is vegan and gluten free and often used when making biodynamic wines.  Other fining agents are egg white, egg shell, casein (milk), hydrolyzed wheat gluten isolate, chitin (made from crustacean), gelatin (from animal or fish protein), isinglass (substance from fish bladders, often sturgeon) and a host of other synthetic and natural materials. Lysozyme, derived from egg whites, is used to control lactic acid bacteria in the wine.  It can be added at several different points in the wine making process.  The lysozyme is not removed nor settles so it stays in the wine. Studies measuring the presence of allergens have had mixed results.  In a study conducted in Australia in 2006 no measurable allergens were found.1    Contrary to the Australian study, the European Food Safety Authority showed there could be adverse allergic reactions from wine due to lysozyme. Before you purchase wine you should be aware that some vintners believe the filtration process reduces flavor.  Bottles of unfiltered wine will most likely contain allergens used in the production process.  Unfiltered wines tend to be ‘high end’ or expensive varieties.   The wine label may or may not disclose whether the wine is unfiltered.   This information further complicates choosing a safe wine. If you would like to make drinking your favourite wine experience a bit safer, we have a wide rage of alcoholic beverages that may assist in taking the worry out of your social interaction. Why not give us a try?

Drs Christabelle Yeoh and Braham Rabinov – Allergy & Intolerance WEBINAR – Tuesday 8.30pm -10pm October 25th 2011

Following a very successful seminar given by Dr Christabelle Yeoh from Breakspear Hospital, UK in August 2011 on Autism, Allergies and Intolerance, considerable interest has been expressed to hold another educational seminar on Allergies and Intolerances. As you may be aware the incidence of allergies is increasing and people who do not have allergies often have intolerances instead. To assist you gain a better understanding of the treatment options available for allergies and intolerances, Dr Christabelle Yeoh and Dr Braham Rabinov of YourHealth Brighton clinic will present an interactive, question & answer webinar on Allergy and Intolerances Management later this month. If you are interested in registering (a fee of $40.00 is applicable) please telephone YourHealth Brighton clinic on 03 9596 0757.

Food Dye Usage – The approach of different countries

I read an informative article about Food Dyes and their usage in different countries. The article suggested that because of concerns about food dyes and children’s behaviour, the UK government had asked companies to phase out most food dyes by last December (31 December 2010). The European Union also appears to require, beginning 20 July 2011, a warning notice being put on most dyed foods such as “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children”. The article noted that the greater government oversight and public concern in the UK and Europe resulted in McDonald’s Strawberry Sundae in Britain being coloured with strawberries whilst in the US being coloured with Red dye 40. Likewise, the article went on, the British version of Fanta orange drink gets its bright colour from pumpkin and carrot extract whereas in the US the colour comes from Red 40 and Yellow 6. The Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) stated that many natural colourings are available to replace synthetic food dyes. Beet juice, beta-carotene, blueberry juice concentrate, carrot justice, grape skin  extract, paprika, purple sweet potato or corn, red cabbage and turmeric were some of the substance that could provide a vivid spectrum of colours.  The CPSI also warned that allergic reactions to ‘natural’ colourings such as carmine, cochineal and annatto can also occur. How does Australia stands in relation to the UK and the EU and the use of food dyes? Ref – The Human Ecologist Summer 2011 and CPSI news release June 29, 2010.

Spring time allergies – what options are available to you

Well with the wattle looking so beautiful and the official start of spring not far away you might like to think about how you can reduce your hay-fever experience for the coming season. To assist all those hay-fever sufferers we have obtained a specific Australian mix of grasses, trees and pollen to better suit your needs.  If you live in Queensland we have a special mix for you as well. So why not come and try testing and treating with our hay-fever options of Low Dose Immunotherapy to assist you in the coming warmer weather. We have made a conscious effect to ensure no preservatives are used in our mixtures. This is likely to better assist both sensitive children and adults.

Seafood allergy stressful on families

A recent review of the internet located a short article from the Pediatric Allergy and Immunology journal which stated that avoidance of seafood can be more difficult than previously thought despite 89% of families adopting a safe diet approach in family foods. The studies concluded that even though half of the families followed a strong seafood elimination policy nevertheless accidental reaction were common read more An alternative approach is to test and treatment with Low Dose Immunotherapy. This protocol may assist you in obtaining peace of mind where and when accidental exposures occur. Our extensive selection of seafood, fish and crustaceans may be able to assist you and your family.

Dr Christabelle Yeoh UK – Autism & Allergy Seminar – Strategies for Coping

We are very lucky to have Dr Christabelle Yeoh, Breakspear Hospital UK talking to us on Sunday afternoon 31 July from 3-4.30 at the Ashley Ricketson Centre in Caulfield Hospital, Caulfield for Biomedical Autism Group. Dr Yeoh will be focusing on the issues which arise regarding autism spectrum disorder and the allergy connection. Dr Yeoh will outline the issues and provide treatment options available to assist parents and children. Dr Christabelle Yeoh qualified from St George’s Hospital Medical School in London. She is a member of the Royal College of Physicians in London and is qualified in General Medicine. She has a Masters degree in Nutrition from King’s College London. Dr Yeoh is a member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, the British Society of Ecological Medicine and is a registered Defeat Autism Now! All welcome!!

Special infant formula may not prevent allergies

There was an interesting article which discussed the promotion of a particular infant formula that was promoted as being hypoallergenic. Following re-assessment of the infant formula those claims may not be as accurate as first thought. The article stated that infants with a family history of allergies to foods or environmental allergens who were fed the hypoallergenic whey product after they stopped breastfeeding were found to be just as likely to develop allergies later as children who were fed milk or soy formulas (online June 23rd in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology) read more. If you are interested in a different approach to the testing and treatment of allergies and intolerances you might like to consider our approach.