Posts Tagged ‘Allergies’

Spring has sprung! And while most people rejoice at emerging out of the winter slump and celebrating the spring blooms, as an allergy sufferer you most likely brace yourself for an onslaught of allergy symptoms. Seasonal allergies affect between 20 to 25% of Canadians and according to a 2012 study in the Journal of Rhi…

Food allergies are estimated to affect 4 to 6 percent of children and 4 percent of adults in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A food allergy occurs when the body has a specific and reproducible response that demonstrably involves the immune system. In people with food alle…

It’s Spring and it’s time to breathe the fresh air. However, it’s also a time when many are susceptible to the effects of poor air quality, particularly if you suffer from allergies to airborne substances. Approximately one in five North Americans suffer from respiratory allergies like allergic rhinitis (hayfever) and…

For almost 10% of North Americans, the signs of Spring include sneezing, runny nose, stuffiness, headache and itchy watery eyes. It’s not a pleasant way to start the season. Your symptoms can start in April and May when tree pollens are released. If you also have grass pollen allergies, then it can continue into June a…

Spring is in the air, finally! We are soon to see new life, fresh grass, flowers, and leaves on the trees. Lots to look forward to. But for some people, spring can bring the misery of runny noses, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes. But don’t worry, here’s what you can do to get relief. Talk to your Optometrist about wha…

Food intolerances occur when your body has a reaction, often delayed, to a food or a food additive. In my naturopathic practice many of my patients have food intolerances and do not realize it because the symptoms can be vague and can often come on hours or days after eating the food. This characteristic also makes foo…

Summer is an active time of the year for individuals, families, and any kind of group. You may have a favourite outdoor sport, or favorite park for picnics or camping. Wherever you plan to be and whatever you plan to do, I have 6 healthy tips to help make sure you are ready for your summer. 1. Gear Up. Make sure your c…

If you are an allergy sufferer, you may not be looking forward to spring or summer. As a naturopathic doctor, I often see patients with a range of allergies seeking more nature-based options. There are a few simple yet useful tools to have in your spring survival kit that may help reduce the intensity of your spring hi…

Most people develop some sort of skin spot, rash, or lesion at some point in their lives. Skin spots and bumps can be benign, and some can be serious – I will review the most important things you should know about the spots and rashes that you see on your skin. 1. Sun– besides a sun tan or sunburn, the sun can lead to…

When the temperatures warm up, and the birds start getting active, the trees and their pollens are not far behind. Yes, Spring and late Summer are prime times for plant pollens to be airborne, as well as dust and mould spores. Unfortunately, for seasonal allergy sufferers – or what is medically called allergic rhinitis…