Monday, January 26, 2009

Health Tips for January 26

Health Tip: Symptoms of a Drug Allergy

Some drugs cause unpleasant side effects in many people, including nausea, dizziness or fatigue.

But if you're allergic to a drug, you can have a reaction that ranges from mild to life-threatening. Penicillin and other antibiotics are among the most common causes of drug allergy.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine lists these warning signs of an allergic reaction to a medication:

  • Hives.
  • Skin rash.
  • Itchiness of the skin or eyes.
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing.
  • Swollen lips, eyes or tongue.

Health Tip: Coping With Pet Allergies

If being near a pet makes you sniffle, sneeze, and your eyes water, you may not have to live a pet-free life.

The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology offers these suggestions:

  • Always wash your hands after you touch a pet. And avoid kissing or hugging your furry friend.
  • Keep cat litter boxes away from vents, and try to limit your exposure to them.
  • Give your pet a bath each week to reduce dander. And try to have a person who isn't allergic regularly brush your pet outdoors.
  • Don't allow pets on upholstered furniture. If necessary, cover the furniture in plastic.
  • Make sure your pet is on a healthy diet to help reduce shedding.
  • Try to eliminate rugs and carpets from your home, and use a double filter or micro-filter bag in your vacuum.
  • Ask your doctor about getting allergy shots to control symptoms.

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