View it in your browser JULY Newsletter 2017
 
Getting to the bottom of your symptoms: Is it allergies or something else?
It’s certainly not uncommon for Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois to see patients who think they have one condition when they actually have another. With Psoriasis Awareness Month approaching, let’s discuss the links and the differences between this autoimmune condition and allergies.

Ways psoriasis and allergies are similar:
  • Both are disorders of the immune system.
  • Both produce inflammation.
  • Both have symptoms that resemble each other in appearance and feel, including red patches, dryness and itching.
Ways psoriasis and allergies aren’t the same:
  • The immune system response differs.
  • Allergies are caused by the immune system’s “overreaction” to a specific allergen, such as a food, pollen, mold, dander, or other substance.
  • Psoriasis is caused by an overactive immune system, which makes skin grow at an accelerated rate. The resulting effect is an accumulation of red, silver, and scaly patches.
Also, some of the very factors that cause allergies to flare are associated with psoriasis flare-ups, including stress. Remember: Both are conditions that affect the immune system. Stress can wreak havoc on immunity. If you’re confused or concerned about your symptoms, turn to the professionals. Call 847-888-8802.
 
Your baby is what you eat: The role of prenatal health and childhood allergies
We’re well aware of how sugars wreak havoc on our waistline, teeth, and heart. But research featured in the July 5 publication of “European Respiratory Society Journal” and later in “TIME Health” demonstrates a connection between sugar consumption during pregnancy and baby’s risk of developing allergic-asthma. Researchers previously demonstrated kids’ high-sugar intake as a risk factor.

Research noted the top 20 percent of consumers of “added sugars” during pregnancy were twice as likely to have children with allergic asthma than those whose mothers had the least amount of sugar. No link was found between other allergic conditions, such as hay fever. It’s thought lots of sugars during pregnancy increases lung inflammation, predisposing kids to allergic-asthma.

As the American Heart Association notes, keep in mind:
  • Added sugars are put in syrups and foods during preparation and processing
  • In contrast to natural sugars in fruit and milk, big offenders include sodas, “fruit”-flavored drinks, candies, dairy desserts, and grains like waffles
  • Women should have no more than 25 grams of added sugar daily, which equals 6 teaspoons
We at the Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois enjoy staying at the leading-edge of research. Questions or concerns? Call 847-888-8802.
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