Are Allergy Shots Effective?Written by Harold Miller
Itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing are all common symptoms which a vast majority of us experience as allergy symptoms at specific times throughout year. Many individuals do everything in their power to avoid allergies including changing their diets, staying indoors or taking vitamin supplements. These may contribute to fighting allergies, but there is another effective way to do so. Immunotherapy or allergy shots are gaining popularity. Getting an allergy shot can be scary for some people, so we thought it would be best to fully explain allergy shots and address some common concerns.
How Do They Work?
Allergy shots contain a small amount of substance which you are allergic to. If you are allergic to pollen, a small amount of pollen would be added to shot. The amount is small enough so that it does not cause you to suffering from allergy symptoms, but enough so that you body gets used to fighting allergen. Therefore, next time your body comes in contact with that substance, it will be familiar with fighting it off and you will most likely not suffer from allergies.
Are Allergy Shots Safe For Everyone?
Although most people will have positive results from allergy shots, they are not right for everyone. Allergy shots are not recommended for individuals suffering from severe heart problems, asthma or other respiratory problems. Also, children under age of 5 should not be exposed to allergy shots for safety reasons.
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!Written by Marci L. Crane
Donít Sweat Small Stuff! If you have been diagnosed with astigmatism, myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness) or presbyopia there are a vast amount of solutions available to correct and treat your specific vision problem. With medicine and technology available to improve your vision, there is no need to worry about you and your familyís eye sight. The vision problems mentioned above and measures that can be taken to correct them are listed below:
Astigmatism Astigmatism is most common vision problem within United States, and surprisingly, has only recently been treated with contact lenses. Astigmatism is generally caused by an irregularly shaped cornea but can also be caused by an irregularly shaped lens. Astigmatism affects persons of all ages, including children. It can also lead to symptoms such as eyestrain, headaches, or distorted/blurred vision. However, it is important to note that astigmatism often manifests itself only by slightly blurred vision or by symptoms that are barely detectable--especially by children. For this reason, it is of utmost importance to schedule regular eye exams, especially for children. Astigmatism can be corrected with eyeglasses, toric contact lenses (link to: http://discountcontacts.info/acuvue/toric-contact-lenses.asp) or refractive surgery.
Nearsightedness It is estimated that up to one third of population experience symptoms of nearsightedness, or myopia. Symptoms of myopia may include headaches or eyestrain and difficulty seeing objects at a distance while driving or playing sports. Myopia occurs when eyeball is longer than average from front to back, which causes light to focus in front of retina instead of directly on it. Myopia is often caused by genetic factors and in general is manifested during childhood. Myopia can be corrected with glasses, contact lenses (link to: http://discountcontacts.info/contact-lens/contact-lenses.asp) or corrective surgery. (Source: AllAboutVision.com)