From 1980 to 1998 the FDA received over one thousand reports of severe sulfite reactions, of which twelve were fatal episodes. More than 90 percent of these sulfite reactions occurred away from home, in restaurants

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Epinephrine increases heart rate and blood pressure, constricts blood vessels, and opens up narrowed airways.

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Asthma is usually not a very difficult disease to diagnose. The major symptoms of asthma are coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. These symptoms are quite variable and are often trig­gered by the common cold; viral respiratory infections; vigorous exer­cise, especially in cold air; exposure to allergens when dusting or vacuuming; and exposure to household pets. Other common triggers include pollens, foods, chemicals, and air pollutants.

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Some babies develop an itchy skin condition known as eczema or atopic dermatitis. This is the first sign that a child has inherited the dreaded asthma-allergy gene. Eczema is a chronic skin disorder closely linked with asthma, allergic rhinitis, and food allergies. When eczema develops before three months of age, the risk of developing food and inhalant allergies and asthma is significantly increased.

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Molds or fungi are tiny plants lacking roots or stems that reproduce by releasing mold spores into the surrounding air. Indoor molds grow in damp, musty areas like cellars, garages, bathtubs, shower stalls, laundry rooms, and home humidifiers. Outdoor molds prefer the warm, moist, shady confines of mulch piles, black soil, gardens, and fallen leaves. Molds Aeroallergens survive by digestingMold Aeroallergens small amounts of decomposing foods or vegetable matter.

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Facts about Cat Allergy - Heal Anyone

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Ingested foods and beverages are transported to the stomach and the rest of the intestinal tract by the esophagus or food pipe. The junction between the esophagus and stomach is guarded by a muscle or sphinc­ter that prevents food and stomach acid from being regurgitated back up into the esophagus.

Allergic rhinitis, commonly called hay fever, is a relative newcomer to the allergy stage. While the ancient Greeks described asthma and food allergy, there is no reference to hay fever until the tenth century, when Persian scholar Rhazes described the causes of the coryza that took place in the spring when roses were in bloom.

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