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How to Deal with Eczema During the Winter Months

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If you suffer from eczema the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center of NJ can help you gain better control of your condition.  We are allergy and asthma specialists with two convenient offices in Hunterdon & Somerset County, NJ.  During the winter months the cold, dry air can affect your eczema and make the symptoms worse. The dry air combined with the heat from indoor HVAC systems decreases the humidity in the air, which dries out your skin.  You are also more likely in cold weather to wear multiple layers, take hot showers or baths, and use thicker & heavier bedding to warm yourself.  Unfortunately, these things can cause flare-ups with your eczema and worsen the condition of your skin.   Try the following tips to counter the cold, dry air of the winter months:

  • Avoid taking hot showers or baths. Instead, use warm, tepid water.
  • Use skin products that are especially moisturizing. Oatmeal and coconut oi are natural ways to moisturize your skin and protect it from the dry, cold air. When you are done bathing or showering, you do not rub your skin dry; pat your skin dry with a soft towel to avoid aggravating your eczema.
  • Use a gentle soap to wash yourself. Eczema can make your skin very sensitive, you want to be careful with what you are putting on your skin. Avoid products with fragrances, dye or alcohol.  Avoid the same types of products for your laundry detergent so that your clothes do not have the residue of harsh chemicals.
  • Use a moisturizer in a cream or ointment form. Since your skin is extremely dry, you want to try and moisturize it at as much possible. It is recommended you moisturize your skin more than once a day. If you are having a particularly itchy or painful flare-up, you might be prescribed a cream or ointment that containing hydrocortisone or a similar topical steroid.
  • Use a humidifier in your bedroom and other living spaces in your home. During the winter months the weather is typically cold, so you are most likely using the heating system in your home which removes the moisture from the air. A cool mist humidifier helps you increase the humidity in your home to normal levels to maintain healthier skin.
  • Avoid wool, nylon and polyester in your clothing as they can irritate your skin. Instead choose breathable materials, such as cotton. You will want to choose cotton for your bedding too so that your skin can breathe at night.
  • Drink plenty of water.  Keeping yourself hydrated will help prevent your skin from becoming dry and cracked.  Avoid the ingestion of sodas or fruit juices, which dehydrate your body.  If you do not like the taste of water, consider putting in your favorite fruits and herbs, such as oranges, lemons or mint to flavor it.

 

Trust in the expertise of the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center of NJ of Hunterdon & Somerset county, NJ to help you learn to manage your eczema better and assist you in avoiding uncomfortable flares during the winter months.

 

If you are suffering from severe eczema, please trust in the asthma and allergy specialists in Hunterdon County, NJ, and nearby areas at Best Allergy Care! Our professionals are dedicated to providing only the best care to you and your family.

 

To schedule an appointment, please give us a call today at (908) 526-0200 or email us at info@bestallergycare.com.

What to Expect During a Food Allergy Testing

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If you have ever experienced a reaction after eating a food, whether it was hives, itching, lip or tongue swelling or worse, you may have an allergy to a specific food which is causing this.  The Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center of NJ has been diagnosing and managing food allergies for over 25 years.  We have two convenient offices located in Hunterdon & Somerset counties, NJ.  Let the Allergy, Asthma, & Sinus Center assist you in identifying and managing your food allergy figuring out your exact food allergy. At our highly rated allergy and asthma practice you will receive only the best care and treatment for you and your family from our professional staff of allergy and asthma specialists.

Initial Consultation

Our experienced staff will speak with you and ask you about the following information about your diet:

  • Your daily diet
  • Any symptoms you have after eating food
  • How long the symptoms last
  • How often the symptoms occur
  • Your medical history

After collecting all the necessary information, we will discuss with you the likely diagnosis and any testing which is indicated.   Please bring in the ingredients of any processed foods you suspect may have caused your reaction as well as any over-the-counter medications you took on the day(s) of your reaction.

Food allergy skin testing will be done for any suspected food allergens.  A skin test is when a very small amount of a food allergen is applied to your skin with a small skin prick.  It is left there for 15 minutes and then read to determine if it is a positive reaction, the emergence of a wheal and flare reaction.

In the event you cannot be skin tested to the food(s) which are suspected a blood test may be ordered to assess whether you are allergic to a food.  You may be asked to keep a food diary in which you record all the food, drinks, and medications you ingest.

 

To schedule a food allergy testing in Clinton, NJ, and nearby areas, please give us a call today at (908) 526-0200 or email at info@bestallergycare.com!

How to Tell If You Have Allergies or a Cold

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Since the symptoms of cold and allergies can be similar, it can be difficult determine whether you are sick or dealing with an allergic reaction.  For some tips on identifying the symptoms of a cold or an allergy, please read on!

Common Cold

The common cold is a virus that temporarily affects your body and it can be contracted when you come in contact with bacteria in the air, on surfaces you touch, or from someone coughing or sneezing on or near you. The most common symptoms of a cold are cough, sore throat, and a runny nose. If it is a severe cold, you might sometimes experience a high fever and aches in your body. A cold usually only lasts from a week to ten days and if it lasts longer, the cold might have turned into an infection.

Allergies

Allergies are triggered when you have an adverse reaction to certain substances or foods. When you are exposed to the substances you are allergic to, your body releases histamines as a way to fight what your body perceives as an intruder. These histamines are what give you allergy symptoms such as sneezing, sore throat, itchy throat, coughing, or a stuffy nose. You might also notice a rash on your skin and experience itchy eyes.

Difference Between Common Cold and Allergies

One of the biggest differences between the symptoms of a common cold and allergies is if you are experiencing a fever. Allergies would not result in a high fever or an achy body. Also, the duration of the symptoms is a big factor in determining whether you’re suffering from a cold or allergies. The symptoms of an allergic reaction will not go away unless you treat it with medicine and removal of the trigger.

 

If you believe you are suffering from allergies, please schedule an appointment with one of our asthma and allergy specialists in Hunterdon County, NJ, by calling (908) 526-0200 or emailing us at info@bestallergycare.com.

Dealing With Asthma in the Colder Weather Cont.

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In our last blog, we discussed tips on how to prevent asthma attacks in the colder weather. For more quick tips, please read on!

The cold air can trigger asthma attacks so it is important to protect yourself when you go outside.

  • Bundle Up: The best way to protect yourself from potential asthma attacks from the cold air is to cover your body. You should try to cover your mouth and nose with a scarf or a winter face mask. This can also help you fight off any illness such as a cold or flu, other triggers for asthma.
  • Exercise Indoors: Another thing you can consider doing during the colder weather is to exercise indoors. This can limit your exposure to the cold air.
  • Never Stop Taking Your Meds: If you were prescribed long-term medication for asthma control, the worse thing is to stop taking it because you no longer feel the symptoms. If you really want to stop taking the medication, please ask your allergy specialist in Clinton, NJ, and nearby areas at our treatment center. They will advise you on how to proceed with your treatment to ensure you get the proper care you need.
  • Breathe Through Your Nose: Another great way to prevent the cold air from irritating your lungs is to breathe through your nose. The passages in your nose warm up the air and make it easier for you to breathe. You can also use the previously mentioned tip to wear a scarf, muffler, or ski mask over your nose and mouth.

 

While all these tips will help you with your asthma, the best way to deal with your asthma during the winter and for any season, is to have an action plan. Our asthma specialist in Flemington, NJ, and surrounding areas can assist you in laying out the best course of action for you in the long-term. You should know when to call a doctor or when to go to the ER.

 

To schedule a visit to our highly rated asthma and allergy center in Hunterdon County, NJ and nearby areas, please give us a call today at (908) 526-0200 or email us at info@bestallergycare.com.

 

 

Dealing With Asthma in the Colder Weather

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A lot of people who suffer from asthma discover they experience asthma attacks more often in the winter. There are several reasons for this:

  1. They spend more time indoors and as a result, they are exposed to mold, pet fur and dander, dust mites, etc.
  2. The cold air can trigger an asthma attack.

With the help from our allergy and asthma specialist in Flemington, NJ, we can help you find out what your triggers are and how to prevent them from affecting your everyday life. For some quick tips on how to deal with your asthma during the winter, please read on!

  • Limit Exposure to Pets: Unfortunately, if you suffer from severe asthma, you will want to limit the time you spend near your pets. The best way to approach this is to just keep your pet out of your bedroom. The reason is because your bed and bedroom are where you sleep and by lessening the exposure while you rest, it can decrease the chances of an asthma attack.
  • Wash Hands Frequently: Since colder weather usually means cold and flu season, you will want to keep viruses from getting into your body when you touch your eyes, nose, and mouth. A cold or flu can trigger asthma attacks so it is important you stay as healthy as possible.
  • Keep Your Home Cool and Dry: Mold and dust mites grow in warm and moist conditions so you will want to stop their growth. By keeping your home cool and dry, you can ensure that the mold and dust mites do not grow as easily.
  • Cover Bedding: You might want to consider investing in mite-proof bedding and placing it on your mattress, box spring, and pillows to keep dust mites away from you while you sleep.

 

Asthma attack prevention is an active process that you need to work towards every day. Learning what triggers your asthma attacks are a really great preventative measure and our specialists at our Asthma and Allergy center in Clinton, NJ, can assist you!

 

For more tips on allergy and asthma prevention, please refer to our next blog!

 

To schedule a visit to our asthma and allergy center in Hunterdon County, NJ, please give us a call today at (908) 526-0200 or email us at info@bestallergycare.com.