Helpful Tips To Prevent Allergies

Woman with allergiesAllergy refers to an exaggerated reaction of the immune system in response to bodily contact to specific foreign substances. Most substances that cause allergies are harmless and have no effect on people who are not allergic. The word allergy is also used to describe many abnormal responses which have no connection with medicine.

The medical use of the word is to mean particular hypersensitiveness, which may be mild or severe. The more common symptoms of hypersensitivity are asthma, urticaria and hay fever.

There are several well recognized types of allergy:

  1. Atopy   –  allergy involving inherited tendencies
  2. Bacteria Allergy 
  3. Food Allergy
  4. Fungus Allergy
  5. Drug Allergy
  6. Contact Allergy
  7. Serum Sickness
  8. Physical Allergy

Allergic symptoms can be brought about by inhalation, ingestion, infection, injection, contact and by physical agents like light, heat or cold.The allergic reaction is considered to be an antigen-antibody reaction. Substances that often cause reactions are:  Continue reading Helpful Tips To Prevent Allergies

Danger! Smelly Cars Can Be Hazardous To Your Health.

Does your car have a certain air about it?  Ours did.

Two years ago, in the middle of a hot summer, we noticed a bad smell in our Jeep.  After cleaning out the car and checking the front grill and the undercarriage for road kill, I still couldn’t find the source of the odor.

The smell got worse as the days went by, and we had to drive with the windows down wherever we went.  We absolutely wouldn’t allow any of our friends to ride with us.

I finally found the source of the stink, a half-full plastic milk bottle from a McDonald’s Happy Meal wedged under the front seat.

Some odors in our cars, like this one, are merely unpleasant and troublesome.  Other odors may be hazardous to our health.

In the simply unpleasant category go smells from leftover fast food meals, from Rover, from the exercise clothes and towels in the gym bag in the back seat, from body odor, and from crud tracked in on our shoes, all more hazardous to our reputation and driving pleasure than to our health.  Continue reading Danger! Smelly Cars Can Be Hazardous To Your Health.