Allergic To Valentine’s Day

Share Button

This article is courtesy of PRWeb, please share your comments below…..

heartshinyDr. Clifford Bassett of Allergy & Asthma Care of New York ( warns that Valentine’s Day allergies are on the rise and notes definitive increase in patient volume (including pediatric) the week of Valentine’s Day. Due to a critical mass of requested consultations the NYC allergist will be extending office hours for the week following Valentine’s Day.

Bassett warns, “Valentine’s Day comes with allergy triggers including latex, flowers, perfume, candy, food, stress, and more. The most common allergic conditions I treat in adult patients include food, indoor, and skin allergies.”

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology states that worldwide, sensitization rates to one or more common allergens among school children are on the rise. Basset states, “I see a spike in pediatric patients Valentine’s Day week with nut allergies – which tends to be an ingredient in many Valentine’s Day candies.”

The most common food allergies which are prevalent during Valentine’s Day prompting visits to the doctor or ER include: nuts (that are often hidden ingredients in sweets and desserts) and shellfish.” Chocolate and oysters are commonly consumed on Valentine’s Day due to the myth that they are natural aphrodisiacs. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, “Shellfish is among the most common food allergens.” Many chocolates often contain nuts, another highly allergic food.

According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, 37.8 percent of Americans purchased flowers for Valentine’s Day in 2015. Allergy inducing flowers include: daises, dahlias, asters, sunflowers, gerbera, lilac, baby’s breath and gardenia. Non allergenic flower choices for Valentine’s Day include: unscented orchids, roses, bird of paradise, tulip, snapdragon, mum, petunia, freesia, peony crocus, daffodil, gladiola and iris.

“Kissing on Valentine’s Day can also trigger an allergy attack,” cautions Bassett. Possible allergic reactions to kissing include traces of trigger foods in their partner’s mouth. If their partner has eaten peanuts even four hours before kissing one can be in serious danger (if one is allergic to peanuts). In fact, allergens can linger in their partner’s saliva following ingestion, irrespective of tooth brushing or other interventions. Some common allergic outbreaks to kissing include: lip-swelling, throat-swelling, rash, hives, itching and/or wheezing.

girlFor women who don’t regularly wear makeup, but do so on Valentine’s Day it is important to understand that many facial cosmetics and moisturizers may contain hidden allergens and skin irritants. “Men frequently experience a skin reaction to the facial products that women wear making them literally allergic to some women”, stated Bassett.

About Dr. Clifford Bassett

– Dr. Clifford Bassett is an adult and pediatric allergy specialist in NYC with locations on the Upper East Side, Financial District, Gramercy, and Midtown East. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and on the teaching faculty of NYU School of Medicine and NYU Langone Medical Center, and Faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Allergic To School? Classroom Furniture May Be The Source

Share Button

This article is courtesy of the Baylor College of Medicine….please share your thoughts below…..

schoolbusIf your child claims to be allergic to school, there might be something to it. According to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine, allergic reactions may be caused by what students sit on.

“Sometimes we see children come in with rashes on the back of their thighs, and we typically find out that they’re allergic to something that they’re sitting on,” said Dr. Rajani Katta, professor of dermatology at Baylor. “We call this school girl or school child dermatitis because it is often caused by the nickel in bolts on chairs at school.”

If someone is allergic to nickel and wears shorts or a skirt while sitting in this type of chair for prolonged periods of times, a red patchy rash may appear. In severe cases blisters may form.

Sweat pulls more nickel out of an object, which also can cause a bigger reaction, she said.

“These reactions are a delayed allergy, which means a rash might not appear until two or three days after exposure,” Katta said. “The rash tends to be worse in areas where nickel is in closer contact with the skin and for longer periods of time.”

Besides nickel reactions, patchy rashes may also appear on children allergic to chemicals in leather furniture, she said.

Dermatologists can treat both reactions with prescription creams that cut down on the inflammation in the skin.

What To Do When You Love Your Pet But Are Allergic

Share Button

By Neil Chrysler

walkingdogDander is one of the most stubborn allergens that sadly comes with our little furry and feathery friends. This allergen is a microscopic, dandruff-like flake that comes from the skin as well as from saliva and urine proteins. Those are the causative agents that trigger your sneezing and wheezing when you are around certain animals. All of those little waste matter particles come from our pets, so for those who have an allergy problem it just seems as if there is no escape. The easiest solution to the problem is to part with your pet and find it a new home, but it is not the only option. Here is what you can do when you are allergic to your pets.

Work at Limiting Dander in the Home

You are not allergic to your pet, but rather to the dander that comes from its body wastes and excretions. Before you consider giving up your pet, try alternative measures such as giving its coat a thorough brushing after it has had some outside time. This will remove excess fur and flakes from the skin. Here are a few other dander removal alternatives that can help you keep your pets.

1. Desensitize Your Home

The aim here is to remove as much hair, dust and pet dander as you possibly can from inside the home. For this you can:

* Remove all rugs and try to work with just washable surfaces. Carpets and upholstered pieces are ideal hosts for the very elements you are trying get rid of – dander, dust and hair. Over time they can build on your carpet and furniture to a level that simply drives your allergies up the wall.

* Avoid fabric upholstery. Go for leather, rubberized canvas or plastic instead.

* Use anti-allergen washable covers on your mattresses, pillows and box springs.

2. A Good Air Purifier Makes a Wise Investment

An industrial-sized or a specialized model air purifier would do well to clear the air of the allergens that linger around your home. Opt for a mechanical rather than an electrostatic air purifier as the latter may add to you woes by producing another irritant – ozone. Change your air filters regularly.

bathtime3. Bathe the Dog Once per Week

Giving your dog a mild, hypo-allergenic bath at least once per week will greatly reduce the amount of dander you have to cope with. Try to use a special shampoo that is designed to neutralize pet dander.

4. Brush and Groom the Pet Between Baths

It would be best to do this outside, but if it is not convenient or possible and you must brush and groom your pet indoors, schedule it to be done before you vacuum the house. That will help to remove some of the loosened dander from your home. Remember to give the dog a brush after it has had some outside time. A quick-wipe using cleansing wipes for dogs would do well on such occasions.

There is no need to give up your pet at the first sign of an allergy. Work at removing the causative agent – dander – before you find your pet a new home. The outcome may amaze you and keep you and your pet happy.


– Neil Chrysler suffers from allergies too and writes on the subject, offerings his insights and tips on pet allergies and more on a variety of health blogs around the web. Click the link to find out about Benadryl spray.