Stop Suffering From Spring Allergies

When spring rolls round people seem to pull out the tissues and start to look glum. This is because spring heralds the start of hay fever and a lot of people suffer from that particular affliction. There are some things that you can do to prevent or at least minimize the effect of your allergies [...]

Pollen Forecast: Vancouver, British Columbia

The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming and the trees are growing new leaves. It is spring time and people all over Vancouver are groaning in anticipation of the allergic reactions that spring brings with it. The pollen forecast in Vancouver has been provided by the weather network since 1993. Each and every single [...]

Spring Is Here and So Are The Spring Allergies

Spring is a time for rebirth and renewal. The only problem is that along with natural rebirth and renewal comes pollen and along with pollen comes allergies. Let us take a look at some of the most common sources of hay fever causing pollens. Before we do that though, you should know that not all [...]

What Are Food Allergies

Food allergies happen when the body’s immune system overreacts. Its main function is to fight germs and other diseases. Bacteria, viruses and other foreign organisms are being fought by our antibodies. But for some unknown reasons, the immune system reacts inappropriately and thought that certain substances in a food are harmful. This also happens in [...]

Allergies to Fish

Globally, fish plays an important role in human nutrition. Seafood is particularly popular in many parts of the world.  A wish for healthier eating habits and the substitution of meat with seafood has contributed to increased demands for fish and shellfish. However, fish may also contain potent allergens and cause adverse reactions in sensitized individuals. [...]

Hidden Sources of Mold

This time of year, mold allergies are a big problem for many people.  You can see big streaks of black mold on the sides of brick and concrete buildings and fences, and you can see it growing on tree trunks and bushes. Inside your home you may find mold growing in your bathroom or basement. [...]

Allergies to Soy Protein and Soy Products

Many of us think of soy products as a great addition to our daily diet because it is lactose free and high in protein. People are also urged to drink soy for its health promoting benefits. Unfortunately, not everyone can eat or drink products which contains soy because they have or develop allergic reactions. Soy [...]

Mold and Mildew Allergies

Another common allergen is molds and mildew. This is a type of fungi that live in warm and moist environments. They live both indoors and outdoors. Indoor molds commonly grow in dark, damp and poorly ventilated areas like the basements, clothes hampers, crawl space, under the kitchen sink and bathrooms. Outdoor molds can grow in [...]

Look What the Cat/Dog Dragged In

The other day a patient called because he thought he was developing an allergy to his cat.  I asked him to bring in some of his cat’s fur and tested him for cat allergies.  It turns out he wasn’t allergic to his cat … but to the mold attached to his cat’s fur. Cats love [...]

Do You Have A Cold Or An Allergy?

Though colds and allergies have some of the same symptoms, there is a vast difference between the two. Colds are short term viral infections.  Typical symptoms include, congestion, stuffiness,  sneezing, congestion, a  runny nose as well as chills and an body aches. A cold normally lasts 3 to 10 days and your symptoms gradually fade [...]