Canada Allergies

What Are The Differences Between Indoor And Outdoor Allergies?

Victor Wong | Posted 05.10.2017 | Canada Living
Victor Wong

There are actually two main causes of allergy symptoms: indoor and outdoor triggers. While most people understand seasonal (outdoor) allergies are caused by pollen in the air, there are a number of factors that contribute to indoor allergies, which can affect people year-round. Symptoms can be similar, but it's important to remember indoor and outdoor allergies are caused by different sources, and therefore should be managed differently.

Blame Climate Change For Your Spring Allergies

HuffPost Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 05.04.2017 | Canada Living

Seasonal allergies affect 20 to 30 per cent of Canadians.

The Best And Worst Foods For Fighting Spring Allergies

Rose Reisman | Posted 04.27.2017 | Canada Living
Rose Reisman

While spring is a welcome change from the drudgery of winter, it comes with its own challenges for many: allergies. Sneezing, runny noses and watery eyes are not only annoying, they can be extremely disruptive to one's daily life and can go on for months. So what causes these irritating symptoms?

Getting A Dog Before Baby Is Born Makes For A Healthier Child

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada Parents

Now you've got the perfect excuse to adopt an animal!

Eight Myths And Facts About Allergies

AFP Relaxnews | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Living

Older people can, in fact, develop allergies.

What's In My Food? A Guide To The Ingredients List

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.19.2017 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

The ingredients list on a food label is required by Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to be listed on most packaged Canadian food products that contain more than one ingredient. Understanding the ingredients list can help you look for specific ingredients that you want or don't want because of allergy or intolerance, compare products, and make healthier food choices.

I'm Not Lovin' McDonald's Canada's Backwards New Allergy Policy

Pauline Osena | Posted 01.20.2017 | Canada Living
Pauline Osena

You had me, McDonald's... but now you don't. I have defended and promoted the McDonald's brand countless times, but now I feel that I can't. This new allergy notice posted in all Canadian restaurants tells me that anyone with food allergies is not welcome at McDonald's.

Do Allergies At School Take Priority Over A Service Dog?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Discrimination is an odd thing. It often happens when people have the best of intentions. No one wants to make a person feel bad, but the actions they take, which they believe are in the best interests of everyone, can result in unfair treatment of someone. Rights will often come into collision with one another. Working out how best to balance this is not an easy job, but it must be done.

Why Exactly Is Gluten-Free So Expensive?

Miriam Pearl | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada Living
Miriam Pearl

Eating out is a luxury. Eating out gluten-free is a luxury on top of a luxury! It's a real treat to go to a restaurant, but people who have celiac or allergies don't have many options where they feel eating is safe.

Going Back To School With Celiac Disease And Allergies

Miriam Pearl | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Miriam Pearl

It is the back-to-school time of the year again and while most parents likely have school-night bedtimes, supplies, uniforms, bus schedules and teachers on their minds some of you are just worrying about your kids' allergies and food sensitivities.

These Friendly Microbes May Put Popular Allergy Theory To Rest

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.11.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Instead of drugs, some researchers found they could use microbes -- in this case, worms. Officially known as helminths, these microscopic wrigglers could be used to treat certain allergies. When researchers took a closer look at how these supposed pathogens were actually helping people, they found a surprising result.

Why Dust Mites May Make You Wheeze

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.24.2017 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's that time of the year when the air warms up, the humidity rises, and those with allergies suffer. The culprits are numerous but usually involve outdoors allergens. Yet, one particularly problematic pest lives inside the home and is known to cause a variety of respiratory troubles including asthma.

Allergies? It's Time To Un-Restrict Your Diet

Amanda Orlando | Posted 05.12.2017 | Canada Living
Amanda Orlando

If there's one thing I've realized over the years, it's that the only reason I should feel restricted is if I make myself feel that way. There are endless combinations of food that can be put together to create a delicious meal, and by seeing it that way I keep my eyes open to new possibilities.

Your Hair Could Be Exacerbating Your Allergies

Victor Wong | Posted 05.11.2017 | Canada Living
Victor Wong

Did you know that hair gel attracts pollen? Hair enthusiasts who suffer from seasonal allergies should stay away from sticky hair products and wash your hair as soon as you get home. The best way to avoid allergy aggravation is to inform yourself about the different strategies (and interesting tips) available to you.

5 All-Natural Ways To Treat Spring Allergy Symptoms

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Living

Bye bye itchy, watery eyes!

Wash Or Toss? How To Spring Clean Allergens Out Of The Bedroom

Mike Gettis | Posted 04.07.2017 | Canada Living
Mike Gettis

Tis the season for itchy watery eyes as allergy season is upon us. The spring also signals a time for rejuvenation and cleaning. While the season may prompt many to clean out their closets, garages and basements, bedrooms should not be neglected.

Send Seasonal Allergies Back Into Hibernation - Naturally

Dr. Alison Chen, ND | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Living
Dr. Alison Chen, ND

For many the seasonal transition from winter to spring includes not only thoughts of warmer weather, gardening, and lighter clothing, but also the bothersome and downright annoying symptoms of seasonal allergies.

Plan Ahead When Travelling With Food Restrictions

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 03.12.2017 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

One of the great pleasures of travel is, of course, the different food options that are available at different destinations. But for those travelling with food restrictions -- allergies, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan or religious boundaries -- it requires some definite pre-planning.

We Can Cure Kids' Food Allergies Within The Next Decade

Dr. Amy Kaiser | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Amy Kaiser

We need a long-term, lasting solution that removes the social barriers that come with allergies, allowing kids to focus on being kids, live life free of fear and feel the comfort of home wherever they are. The good news? Researchers are working tirelessly toward finding a cure, and they're getting closer to realizing this goal.

7 Tips to a Great Gluten-Free, Allergen-Friendly Halloween

Miriam Pearl | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Miriam Pearl

Getting ready for a gluten-free, peanut-free or anything else free Halloween just needs a little more diligence from you with a little extra planning and some close attention to candy ingredients so no one you love gets tricked by treats!

What to Do Next After Being Diagnosed With Celiac Disease

Miriam Pearl | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Living
Miriam Pearl

You're not alone. I remember the first time the doctor called me to tell me my son had celiac disease. I was horrified! It's alright to cry, get angry, lose your cool. It's alright to mourn the loss of gluten from your life. Breathe, accept the diagnosis and trust that you will get there. After a few months, life gets easier and the celiac patient starts to feel better.

What I Learned From My Child's Accidental EpiPen Injection

Pauline Osena | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Pauline Osena

I used to make jokes and wonder how someone could "accidentally" give themselves an epinephrine shot -- until it happened to us. My three-year-old son once found an EpiPen on the counter and thought it was the practice EpiPen that we allow him to play with. I don't recommend that anyone use epinephrine unless it's absolutely necessary, but I did take away some positive lessons.

Fun Ways to Teach Your Kids About Food Allergies

Pauline Osena | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Pauline Osena

While food allergies are a very serious topic, it's important to make learning about them a fun and interactive process so that the kids feel comfortable asking questions and talking about their allergies. Here are some ideas on how to introduce food allergies to a child in a fun and playful way.

My Chronic Skin Condition Leaves Scars You Can And Cannot See

Kayla Creighton | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada Living
Kayla Creighton

Affecting one per cent of the population, CIU causes hives, swelling, pain and itching for absolutely no known reason. The scariest part of this condition is the unpredictability. When will I swell up so much I need to go to the hospital? Will this ever go away? How do I plan my life?

How Microbes Add Misery to Chronic Sinus Issues

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.30.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Medically speaking, the condition is called chronic rhinosinusitis and for decades, it has been a mystery. What starts off as the signs of a cold or allergy soon becomes a rather complicated problem for which there are few treatments and even less cures. Most of the time, medications are prescribed but some cases become so dire surgery is needed to help a person finally breathe clear. What makes this ailment so frustrating is the lack of a proper cause. The list of suspects includes genetics, cigarette smoke, and allergies.