Take 2 – Allergy

Okay, so the weekly update thing almost immediately failed. However I’m gonna give it another shot because it seems a shame to so easily give up. So for medical news I often go to my twitter account however that seemed to kill itself a while ago and I can’t be bothered to set up another account. However I think a good subject for this post will be allergy; because at the moment I’m suffering horrendously from it and I feel like collapsing.

My most recent news regarding allergy is actually my own discovery – I am becoming allergic to apples, yes apples, after eating them for the last 10 years absolutely fine. I do like apples and so the news is quite upsetting, however it did prompt me to do a little research on allergy and how it comes about.

I found this amusing so I’m sure everyone else won’t but allergenic reactions are actually a specific immune response by your body: Your body is effectively treating the  allergen as a foreign body. Hay fever alone affects 25,000,000 Americans every year in some way, and that is a surprisingly large proportion if you ask me. Anyway this immune response is actually caused by IgE (Immunoglobulin E) Now after the initial response as normal your body ‘remembers’ the particular allergen that caused the irritation. Mast cells, found very close to your cells closer to the external environment, can cause a cascade of reactions when re-exposed to said allergen, resulting in a rapid response by your body’s immune system – expulsive reflexes, (Coughing, Sneezing) Skin irritation, Runny nose are some examples of your body trying to remove the allergen in some way. This also explains why reactions to allergens get worse each time you are exposed to it – your body’s reaction gets quicker and quicker and so you feel the symptoms sooner and sooner.

There are tones of potential remedies for allergies so I won’t bore you with them. I will try however to post weekly from now on

 

Introduction

Gonna try to be honest with myself on this blog. I do read medical news, but I have a bad habit of skimming though it rather than actually reading the details. Anyway hopefully I will be able to keep this going consistently – I will certainly try, as it will allow me to write any thoughts down so they aren’t constantly in my head.

So, as far as medical news goes, the most recent thing of significance that happened as far as I can recall is the death of Heimlich. I must say, it did get me thinking: A man with a seemingly simple idea has saved so many lives, perhaps we move too deep into the medication side of things and forget about simple things that can help us out. For example, as an asthmatic I can say that a Ventolin inhaler helps me out no end, but again so does some fresh air.  I’m in no way suggesting that the medication is ineffective; it’s not, but I feel that perhaps medication is overused. My mom has a somewhat similar approach, she won’t give me medication unless I absolutely need it, and this principle can be applied on a larger scale – for example the over – prescription of antibiotics and the development of super – pathogens. However in this example the ending doesn’t do justice to my argument, as my appendix ended up exploding and I was in hospital for 3 weeks afterwards – Teehee.

Hope this was an okay first post, in honesty I’m unsure what I’m doing but I’ll try to keep it going as best I can. Ryan W.