08 July 2015

Allergy tests: When to get them

Feeling nauseous and itchy all over your body after eating shellfish? Can’t stop sneezing when cleaning your room? You could be allergic to certain substances. The best way to find out if you have allergies is to see your allergologist. 

“Allergy testing can determine what substances trigger your allergic response. A detailed medical history and a thorough physical exam give you precise information about your allergy concerns and how you can best manage them,” says Dr. Nicky Montoya, president of MediCard Philippines.

Some types of allergies are easy to determine because symptoms appear upon contact or ingestion of the allergen, like allergy and dust, which results in successive sneezing. However, certain types of allergies are harder to diagnose and can trigger fatal symptoms. Seek emergency treatment if you experience symptoms of anaphylaxis, a serious allergic reaction that is potentially life-threatening. Its warning signs include swollen throat or a lump in your throat that makes breathing difficult, rapid pulse, lightheadedness, loss of consciousness, and severe drop in your blood pressure. 

An allergist or a doctor who specializes in allergies may be prompted to conduct an allergy test if you report various symptoms after exposure to certain substances, including skin itchiness, watery eyes, nasal congestion, wheezing, chest congestion, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and swelling of the face or other parts of the body. 

Types of allergy tests
Allergy testing can be performed in a variety of ways. One of the fastest and most proven ways is skin allergy testing, which studies your body’s reactions to suspected allergens by introducing them through your skin. It includes skin prick test, which lets a drop of an allergen solution penetrate your skin through scratches or needle pricks; intradermal test, which directly injects the allergen solution into your skin; and skin patch test, where a patch containing allergen is taped to your skin for 24 to 72 hours to determine contact dermatitis.

If you have a medical condition that may interfere with skin testing, your allergist may perform blood allergy testing as an alternative. One of these tests is enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA or EIA), which measures the level of immunoglobulin E or IgE in your blood. People who have allergies typically have higher IgE levels.

For suspected food and medication allergies, you may be asked to take the allergy challenge test, where you inhale or orally take a very small amount of allergen under your doctor’s supervision.

Safety precautions to take
Always make sure to see an allergist for allergy testing to get an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. Licensed allergists also use allergen extracts or vaccines that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Avoid unsafe and unproven allergy tests. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) has identified a list of allergy testing methods that are ineffective and may lead to inappropriate diagnosis and treatment. These include applied kinesiology, which links allergy to your muscle strength or weakness; cytotoxic testing, which determines your food allergy based on the reaction of your blood cells from blood samples that are placed on a glass slide coated with food allergens; skin titration, which places varying amounts of allergens on the surface of your skin; urine autoinjection, which injects a small amount of your urine into your skin; and sublingual provocation and neutralization testing, which places allergens under your tongue.

MediCard has 12 free-standing clinics located in key cities nationwide that offer consultations, diagnostic tests and specialty medical services for young and adult patients. Visit www.medicardphils.com for more information.

XO, Mish


06 July 2015

Candy Colored

Happy Monday everyone! For today's blog post, I'll be sharing Zack's OOTD for school last week. :) As I have shared in my Instagram account, Zack started school last week. Initially, we wanted to enroll him in a Nursery class but the teacher thinks that he's not yet ready for the level. Luckily, we were able to find a progressive preschool that offers toddler classes and they were still able to accommodate Zack despite the late enrollment. 

Honestly, I have not previously done any preparations when it comes to Zack's schooling. It was only when Zack was already enrolled did I found out more about progressive schooling. After doing my research, I was able to figure out how fit such type of learning is for my little boy. I felt like the number of students in a traditional school would hinder his learning. And I love how they were taught to be independent in his current school. Whereas with the trad school where we previously inquired from, their lessons are limited to what the school curriculum prescribes.

Top - Cars, Shorts - Grizzly, Shoes - Creme from Budget Fit

Anyway since there were no uniforms available yet, Zack has been wearing civilian clothing for the past week. Expect more of Zack's outfit posts in the coming days because I always take his picture before he leaves home. Most of the time, it annoys him. But I can't help but document his progress and he's just too cute to miss a photo shoot!

For this outfit post, I had him wear this candy-colored Lightning McQueen shirt which he got as a gift. I though it was still small for him. It turned out to be just right for him. It has loud colors but I I feel like this kid was able to pull it off well. Finally I was able to take note of the name of the store where we got the shoes he is wearing for only P150. It's called Budget Fit and is located at the 2nd floor of Ayala Fairview Terraces Mall. And oh please don't mind the wafer sticks! He love them to bits! ;)

Hope you like this kiddie outfit post!

XO, Mish


03 July 2015

Enjoy the Weekly Treats at the Bellysima Food Fair!

When it comes to food, you could say that I like trying out new dishes. And the best way to try out new dishes and food products is to visit food fairs, like the Bellysima Food Festival at Glorietta 5 Atrium. From the organizers of the popular night food market Mercato Centrale, Bellysima is a launchpad for passionate up-and-coming food entrepreneurs to share their gourmet, artisanal food creations alongside healthy and organic food products with equally passionate foodies and food enthusiasts! One can now experience and taste a wide variety of food products from different local food entrepreneurs inside a fully airconditioned mall.

Discover some of the winning products from our foodtrepreneurs including edible cookie dough and cereal milk form MilkMan Dairy Bar, Boneless lechon belly from Cebu’s Best, the Kapampangan specialties from Apag Marangle, and Chili Flavor Praline Peanut Butter from Jacob’s! If you want to check out the the top ten winners of the Bellysima Food Fair, visit http://www.ourawesomeplanet.com/awesome/2015/06/bellysima-2015-top-10-winners.html. Anyway, here are some of the food products available at the Bellysima Food Festival:

Got myself a jar of Milkman Dairy Bar's Edible Cookie Dough in Everything Nice! One would cost around P130-P140 each.

Super yummy Cereal Milk by Milkman Dairy Bar. (P130 each)

Chocolate and chocolate-coated dried mangoes from Cocoa Monster. Their chocolates have a very rich taste!

Lechon from Cebu's Best is simply irresistible!

A (not so) small scoop of Ferrero Gelato at Mio Gelati costs only P100!

Organic veggies for your salad!

Taba ng talangka and other Kapampangan food products from Apag Marangle. Tried their Chicaron with Atsara and they were a perfect match!

Adorable cupcakes from Touch of Ellehcar! In my opinion, these are perfect for birthday parties.

Wise Eats is definitely my fave part of the Bellysima Food Fair! Their Chorizo Rice costs only P50 and their healthy (nitrite free!) English Bangers are super tasty.

Mrs. M's Chocnut Spread would be a winner for kids and kids at heart!

Get your skin care and aromatherapy fix at Neutra Organics

Got a tub of Red Velvet Crinkles from Purple Buds, too! Love the one with Cookies and Cream filling.

Hot Chili Peanut Praline Butter from Jacob's Praline Peanut Butter. What a combination!

These Chili Garlic and other sauces from Mr. Monty are perfect for their tofu with veggie siomai!

Spicy Chili flavored Artisan Chocolates from Choco Locco.

Go healthy with Turmeric tea from Lokalitea.

Didn’t have a chance to check out the innovative products by our passionate ‘foodtrepeneurs’? Then we’ve got great news for you (and your belly)! The Bellysima Food Fair is now an ongoing weekly market every Friday and Saturday at the Glorietta 5 Atrium from 10am-10pm!

If you are a gourmet, artisanal or healthy food entrepreneur, or if you have a supplier of organic and/or all-natural produce, fruits and meats and are interested to join Bellysima, please contact admin@mercatocentrale.ph or 09178401152.

XO, Mish



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