Foods That Trigger Asthma Symptoms

asthma word cloud(BlackDoctor.org) — The sad truth is that some things that taste good to you aren’t good for you.

Obesity, heart conditions and diabetes are just a few negative effects that the foods we love can have on our health, but what about the effects that certain foods can have on those with asthma?

It is a little-known fact that certain foods can trigger asthma symptoms and even attacks. Although there is no conclusive evidence that diet and asthma are related, certain foods are known to activate asthma symptoms because they contain sulfites, a preservative used in certain foods, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Diet Triggers

Some of these trigger foods are:

• Beer
• Dried fruit
• Processed potatoes
• Shrimp
• Wine

In addition to such asthma triggers as sulfites in the diet, food allergies also may increase the risk of asthma attacks, although this is less common. Still, being alert to food allergies and any effects on your asthma is important, as this will allow you to best manage your condition. This is now more important than ever, as experts say food allergies appear to be on the rise, as do the severity of symptoms seen with food allergies. The increase in food allergies can be attributed to various factors, including eating more allergy-inducing foods, such as tree nuts, fish, milk, eggs and soy, eating out more often, and eating more processed food.

In addition to foods containing sulfites, common allergy-causing foods that may interfere with asthma management are:

• Corn
• Eggs
• Fish
• Milk
• Tree nuts
• Peanuts
• Shellfish
• Soy
• Wheat

The only treatment for a food allergy is to avoid the food. But it helps to think about what you can eat instead of what you can’t. The best advice for people who suffer from food allergies is to prepare food yourself and not rely on convenience or prepackaged food. This will also help steer you toward a healthier diet overall, as convenience and packaged items are often high in saturated fat and sugar, and low in vitamins and other nutrients. A well-balanced diet that is rich in fresh and wholesome foods is important to your overall health and to your asthma management as well. And don’t forget to drink enough water.
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Spa Treatments To Avoid

woman laying down in spa(BlackDoctor.org) — A trip to the spa can be an opportunity for much-needed pampering. However, some spa treatments can also be harmful, so it is important to do your homework so you know which ones to avoid.

Before undergoing any services, you should contact the spa you are considering and ask questions about the treatments you are interested in — what will be used and what to expect — before you make an appointment. And while it is always a good idea to get a personal recommendation, you must remember that each person will still react differently to various treatments.

Most spas specialize in skin care and will teach you how to choose the right products for your skin type and how to use them. Having licensed aestheticians on staff  is a sign of a good quality spa that is qualified to perform such procedures and treatments as microdermabrasion, facials and certain chemical peels.

Low-strength chemical peels to help rejuvenate the skin are appropriate to book at a day spa. But if you are looking for a more focused result for skin discolorations such as melasma, you should go to a dermatologist’s office where such a procedure can be done in a more controlled environment. The strength of the chemical peel required to achieve effective results should only be handled by medical personnel.

If you are seeking Botox injections, find a licensed physician or other medical personnel who has been trained to perform the procedure. Check with your state’s medical board to verify training. Florida, California, Texas, and Oklahoma are a few states that allow someone other than a physician to inject Botox, but they do require the presence of a licensed physician to be on site to supervise.

A few other words of caution about spa treatments for individuals who suffer from a skin disorder like rosacea, eczema, or psoriasis. There are certain treatments that will only aggravate a skin condition rather than improve it. For patients with rosacea, avoid any procedure that is likely to aggravate their condition. In fact, you may wish to ask specifically if their aestheticians are experienced at dealing with patients with rosacea. Do not get a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. These are best done by a dermatologist.

However, a facial can be a wonderful pampering experience as long as they do not use alcohol, eucalyptus, fragrance, menthol, peppermint or witch hazel, as these are ingredients most likely to aggravate rosacea. You may also wish to avoid hot towel treatments to the face, facial steaming, steam baths and saunas as these all increase blood flow to the face and can trigger a flare-up.

Avoid spas that provide fat-dissolving treatments. In April of this year, the FDA said that procedures such as “lipodissolve, mesotherapy, lipozap, lipotherapy or injection lipolysis” which involve an unproven injection of drugs do not dissolve fat, and as such, are not approved by the FDA for the purposes of fat removal.

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