Side Effects of Antihistamine

Do you have any allergies? Many people have certain allergies like allergy to dust, mites, pollen and others. I don’t have any serious problem with allergies but sometimes when I am exposed to too much dust and pollution, I also suffer from nasal problems such as sneezing which could last for a day of two. But I know of some people who suffer more serious allergic reaction when they are exposed to certain allergens. And when it comes to treating allergies, the first thing that comes to mind is antihistamine.

When the body is exposed to an allergic trigger such as pollen, the body will produce a substance called histamine to fight off the allergen. As a result, a person suffers from allergic reactions ranging from itchy rashes, stuffy or runny nose and itchy eyes. Some cases of fluid in lungs are also triggered by allergens. Antihistamines block the histamines to stop the allergy symptoms. That is why most doctors recommend this form of remedy before recommending steroids and other kinds of medication.

Commercial and natural antihistamine products work well for many types of allergies including food allergies, hay fever and indoor allergies. But antihistamine alone may not be very effective in treating nasal allergies. That is why some doctors would also recommend a decongestant. There are already drugs that combine decongestant with antihistamine.

However, taking an antihistamine is not without side effects. There are different types and brands of antihistamines available and the severity of their side effects greatly varies depending on whether they are first-generation, second-generation or third-generation antihistamine. The first-generation antihistamines are some of the oldest antihistamines produced. They are generally normally cheaper than the newer generations and are widely available as over-the-counter or prescription drugs. The second and third generations, on the other hand, are the newer developed drugs. The great different between the first and newer antihistamines is that the former lacks receptor selectivity while the latter has more receptor selectivity. Receptor selectivity reduces the occurrence of side effects.

First-generation antihistamines such as Chlor-Trimeton, Travist and Benedryl are known to cause several side effects including drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, trouble in urinating, blurry vision, impaired thinking and others. Children taking them may also experience moodiness or restlessness. Newer generation antihistamines, on the other hand, such as Clarinex, Aleegra and Zyrtec have fewer side effects, which include drowsiness, dry mouth, dry nose and headaches.

Among the side effects of antihistamines, drowsiness is one that should not be underestimated. Drowsiness can impair coordination, judgment, concentration and reaction time, just like alcohol consumption. That is why it is important not to fight off drowsiness but instead, just let it pass. So if you are taking an antihistamine which is known to cause drowsiness, it is recommended to take your medication before bedtime and not during the day when you have to drive or go out to work. Additionally, if you are pregnant or are suffering from medical conditions like heart disease, an enlarged prostate, high blood pressure, thyroid problem, liver disease, glaucoma or bladder problems, you should first inform your doctor about your condition to avoid even more serious complications.

Signs of High Risk Pregnancy

In one of my articles, I remember mentioning about pregnancy as being a part of womanhood. But any pregnant woman would not like to have a high-risk pregnancy, which is pregnancy that is at risk of many complications and that needs special medical attention. As much as I don’t like anyone I know to have a risky pregnancy, it is something that cannot be avoided. The best course of action if it happens is to seek medical attention.

But how would you know that you have a risky pregnancy? Before you get too carried out planning for pregnancy announcement ideas, first ask yourself, am I having a normal pregnancy? Perhaps, it could be a risky pregnancy. Here are some signs of risky pregnancy to watch out for:

Bleeding

What other women think of as period while pregnant may already be a sign of a risky pregnancy. If you are heavily bleeding and are suffering from abdominal pain that is more like menstrual cramps during your first trimester, it could indicate an ectopic pregnancy which is life-threatening to the mother. It could also be a sign of a miscarriage. On the other hand, if you feel these symptoms during your third trimester, it may be a sign of placental abruption, a case when the placenta is separated from the lining of the uterus. Whichever is your case, any bleeding during pregnancy should be a cause for alarm and for immediate medical attention.

Early Contractions

Early contraction when it is not yet your due date is a possible sign of preterm labor. This is different from false labor which in non-rhythmic and unpredictable and could subside in an hour. Early contraction is rhythmic with durations of ten minutes apart or even less. If you are experiencing this problem, go to the emergency room immediately because your doctor may still be able to stop the labor.

Severe Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting are normal among pregnant women. But if your vomiting becomes severe, it could eventually lead to dehydration, which in turn can harm the baby. If you are experiencing severe nausea or vomiting or you are throwing up more than you are taking in, talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

Baby’s Inactivity

If you used to feel your baby kicking and doing some moves inside your tummy but now seemed to have lost his energy, it may or may not be normal. Generally, unborn babies who already start to move should make at least ten kicks in two hour. If your baby makes less, it should prompt you to visit your doctor.

A Persistent Severe Headache and Abdominal Pain

These symptoms coupled with swelling and visual disturbances during your third trimester could be an indication of preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a potentially fatal condition marked by excessive protein in the urine and high blood pressure. If you have this condition, visit your doctor right away.

Pregnancy is about keeping yourself and your baby safe. If you are suffering from any of the above-mentioned symptoms, it could possible put your life and that of your baby at risk. Don’t let that happen. Call emergency or go to your doctor immediately.

Top 5 Poodle Mixes Suitable for Children

Growing up as a child, and until now, the two things I have been very passionate about are fashion and dogs. And that is the reason why I do what I am doing now. But that is beside the point I want to tackle in this article. When I was a kid, I was really fond of poodles. I think they are highly intelligent than other dogs and that they are also among the cutest. And most children will easily fall in love with these animals.

I am often asked by friends and customers who know of my familiarity with different breeds of dogs about the breeds that are most suitable for children. Many of them are parents who are thinking about giving their kid a dog as a gift but are not sure of what type of dog to give. Sometimes, I become biased and would answer poodles or its mixes, and why not? The combination of poodles with several breeds of dogs produces some of the best designer dogs with a beautiful appearance and a good temperament. And many of them are ideal for children.

Here are the top five Poodle Mixes that you could give your kid:

1. Bichon Poodle

Bichoon Poodles or more popularly known as Bichoon Poos are small dogs that are a mix of a poodle and a bichon. These dogs are intelligent and very teachable. They also have plenty of energy for playing, making them an excellent playmate for children. When properly trained, they will become sociable and good natured. They can easily blend in a family with children and other pets.

2. Labradoodle

Labradoodles are a cross between a Labrador retriever and a poodle. They are known as excellent service or guide dogs because of their responsible and highly perceptive nature. This is what makes them an ideal pet for children with special needs. Aside from that, they are also very cuddly with their hypo-allergenic fluffy coats. If properly cared for, this poodle mix breed can live long.

3. Goldendoodle

A cross between a golden retriever and a poodle, goldendoodles are another popular poodle mix for children. They can be as intelligent as a poodle and as obedient as a golden retriever. They are also sociable, outgoing and friendly to children, even children they just met. They find happiness in families who could include them in their daily activities.

4. Schnoodle

A combination of a schnauzer and a poodle makes a schnoodle. Their active lifestyle can help encourage children to become active through play and exercise. Aside from that, this type of dog is also highly teachable and loyal to their owner.

5. Yorkiepoo

Yorkiepoos which are a cross between a Yorkshite and a poodle are also another excellent poodle mix for small children. They are small, cuddly and playful. Because of their small size, they can safely play with small children without fear that they might knock your child off. They are also naturally curious and energetic. Moreover, they are among the best dogs to grow along with your child because of their long life span of more than 15 years.

If you are a parent and are still deciding on what type of dog to give your child, consider any of these five mixes and you will not regret it.

Neutropenic Diet: Up Close

As I designed clothes for dogs, I became aware that some breeds are just more prone to infections than others. It is like some breeds have reduced immune functions than others. This is somewhat comparable to people suffering from neutrophenia, a condition when the neutrophil count is much lower than it should be. It is normally caused by taking certain medications for various illnesses or when a person undergoes chemotherapy or radiation therapy. But it may also be inherent upon a person. Neutrophils are vital for fighting against infections. With a low level of neutrophils, a person can be easily infected by contaminants in the surroundings and from the food they eat.

To avoid infections, people with neutropenia normally observe neutropenic precautions. Part of it is taking a neutropenic diet which involves avoiding certain foods and eating only foods that are allowed:

Dairy

Allowed

  • Pasteurized yogurt, milk and milk products
  • Cheese and cheese products from pasteurized milk that are commercially packaged such as mozzarella, parmesan and cheddar cheeses
  • Whipped toppings that are dry or frozen
  • Commercial ice cream, ice cream bars and sherbet
  • Homemade milkshakes

Must be avoided

  • Raw or unpasteurized milk, yogurt, cheese and other milk products
  • Delicatessens cheeses
  • Cheeses with uncooked vegetables
  • Moldy cheeses such as gorgonzola and blue cheeses
  • Feta cheese, camembert, sharp cheddar, brie and farmer’s cheese

Vegetables

Allowed

  • All frozen, cooked or canned vegetables
  • All cooked spices and herbs

Must be avoided

  • Raw or undercooked vegetables, spices, herbs and garnishes
  • Caesar salads

Fruits

Allowed

  • Frozen or canned fruits and juices
  • Fruits with thick skin such as bananas, melons and oranges

Must be avoided

  • Dried fruits
  • Raw fruit
  • Foods containing raw fruits such as fruit salad
  • Unpasteurized fruit juices
  • Any precut fresh fruits in the supermarket

Nuts

Allowed

  • Bottled or canned roasted nuts
  • Nuts in pastries and other baked products
  • Commercially packed peanut butter

Must be avoided

  • Raw or undercooked nuts
  • Roasted nut with shell

Breakfast and Snacks

Allowed

  • All breads, rolls, pancakes, bagels, French toast and waffles
  • Chips including corn chips, potato chips and tortilla chips
  • Popcorn and pretzels
  • Cooked rice, pasta and other grain
  • All cereals

Must be avoided

Soups and Entrees

Allowed

  • All cooked soups and entrees

Must be avoided

  • All products made from miso such as miso soup

Meat, Poultry, Fish and Meat Substitutes

Allowed

  • All cooked or canned meats, poultry and fish including bacon, ham, hotdogs and sausages
  • Hardboiled egg
  • Pasteurized egg substitutes
  • Commercially packed bologna, salami and other luncheon meats
  • Commercially packed or canned smoked fish, but keep refrigerated after opening
  • Cooked tofu

Must be avoided

  • Uncooked or undercooked meat, poultry, fish, game, meat substitute and tofu
  • Cold cuts
  • Cold-smoked fish
  • Salami that is hard-cured and in natural wrap
  • Pickled fish
  • Sushi
  • Tempe products

Beverages

Allowed

  • Tap water and commercially distilled water
  • All canned and bottled beverages
  • All powdered beverages
  • Instant and brewed beverages including teas in tea bags prepared with boiling water

Must be avoided

  • Well water and spring water in general
  • Beverages made with warm or cold water
  • Egg nog
  • Homemade lemonade

These are some helpful guidelines on what foods to eat and not to eat if you have neutropenia. However, this list is not all-encompassing. When in doubt, it is best to talk with your healthcare provider on whether a certain food is okay for you to consume or not.

Diarrhea and Pregnancy: What You Should Know

Pregnancy is part of being a woman, unless you choose not to get pregnant or you cannot get pregnant for health reasons. As such, I consider it important for every woman to be educated about pregnancy.

As a girl growing up, I was curious about pregnancy as I often hear older women talking about it. I already had some idea about some associated risks when a woman is pregnant. I also learned that some diseases that may not be life-threatening may still cause serious health risks or even death to a mother or her unborn child. That is why it is important to always monitor the health condition of a pregnant.

Many women who were pregnant before might have already experienced having constipation during pregnancy. It is quite as common as toddler constipation. However, some women have experienced diarrhea during pregnancy instead of constipation. And this condition needs more attention as it could lead to complications like dehydration.

We all know might have heard about diarrhea. Diarrhea involves frequent bowel movement with a loose or watery stool. Common side effects may also occur, including nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, dizziness, abdominal cramping, fever and chills. There are several possible causes for diarrhea among pregnant women, including new diet, intake of contaminated food, hormonal changes, prenatal vitamins, and lactose intolerance. Excessive water intake also causes diarrhea in some women. If you are taking antacids, antibiotic or blood pressure medications, they are known to also cause diarrhea. And in some instances, diarrhea may be caused by an underlying health problem such as stomach flu, food allergy and stress.

Generally, diarrhea, like constipation, should not be a cause for concern especially if it only lasts for two to three days. The virus and bacteria associated with it will not affect the baby. However, it may become a serious problem if it persists for several days as it may lead to dehydration and ultimately to premature labor. In addition, even if your diarrhea only lasts for about two days but if it is persistent, or if it is associated with a bloody stool, you should see your doctor immediately to avoid a long-term effect to the mother and the unborn child.

Moreover, there are ways on how you can prevent or minimize your risk of suffering from diarrhea. One is to avoid foods that aggravate or trigger diarrhea. They include dairy products for those who are lactose intolerant, spicy foods, fatty foods, and dried fruits among others. Instead, you should have a steady intake of crackers, cereals, potatoes and other foods that are high in starch, along with vegetables and foods that are rich in fiber.

Most of us may have terrible memories of having diarrhea, but I believe it is even more difficult for pregnant women. Added to that is the fact that you cannot simply take any medication as it may cause side effects to your pregnancy or to the development of your child. And according to what I heard from older women, your best course of action is to see your doctor.

5 Reasons Why You Should Not Get a Tattoo

chest tattoos for menWhile I have several friends who have tattoos, I am still not fully convinced why a person should get one. However, I do not discriminate those who already have one. Personally, I am not anti-tattoo or pro-tattoo. But I know of several more than good enough reasons why a person should not get inked:

  1. Risk of infection

Regardless of the location of your tattoo, whether or not you have one of those popular side tattoos for girls, chest tattoos for men, or tattoos in other locations on your body, your risk of contracting infection will be the same. Even in registered and fully vetted tattoo parlors, the needles used for inking may still see several customers after the artist has used it on you. And it is not only the needles that can give you infection. Some inks also contain toxic substances that can be absorbed in your blood.

  1. Reduces your chances of employment

Call it discriminatory, but there are really companies or jobs that do not accept people with tattoos, especially if the tattoos are in highly visible areas of the body. Some companies and professions believe that tattoos can contradict their trustworthiness and respectability. It may also offend clients and potential colleagues. Institutions include professions like teachers, lawyer and medical professionals among others. Additionally, if you are aspiring to be in the military, no matter how qualified you are, if you have visible tattoos, you will also be turned away.

  1. Stigma

In some societies, having a tattoo is equated to having a dangerous or low character. Tattoos are also normally equated to gang members. In women, having a tattoo may also attract unwanted suitors.

  1. Permanence

So you are getting a tattoo of a person you love so much. What if you break-up with that person and you want to forget everything about him or her? That tattoo you have, unless you have it removed, will continually remind you of that person. A tattoo tends to be a permanent mark, and if ever you want it removed, some inks can be difficult to remove even with the use of laser surgery. And if ever you are successful in removing the tattoo, it may still leave some scar that will continually be a reminder to you.

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  1. High cost

You think that having a tattoo is cheap because you can afford getting one. But think about the long-term costs. You may have to spend on medication during the recovery period, and in the future if you change your mind and spend for its removal. Laser tattoo removal is really expensive and it could cost you thousands of dollars and would take you several months to remove even small images.

If you are one of those people who are thinking of getting inked, consider these five reasons before making your decision. Tattoos are not only something physical in nature. They could also have an impact on you financially, emotionally and socially. Think it over first for a dozen times before getting your first tattoo.