June 22, 2011

The Link Between Seasonal Allergies and Depression

Man looking sad sneezingSeasonal allergies are bad enough with their physical symptoms but it doesn’t stop there. Research shows that seasonal allergies and depression are linked. The link has been enforced with research done by many doctors and even by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. This explains why the suicide rate increases during the spring, and why so many of us become depressed during the allergy season.

What happens is our immune system is weakened by the allergies and our immune system has a link to our mental state of mind. When we have an weakened immune system so is our mental state of mind. Also women are more likely to become depressed due to their allergies and men are more likely to have anxiety-type disorders from their allergies.

Since the connection between the two is so strong the only way to ride oneself of depression is allergy elimination. Of course that is almost impossible the best that can be done is to reduce the amount of pollen one is exposed to and take the right medications to relive your symptoms that lead to depression. The best ways to reduce your exposure is to avoid going out during the time of day when you’re allergy pollen count is highest, clean your house and clothes and have a air filter at home. The best medications to relieve your symptoms are Claritin, Reactine and Allegra.

Remember there are different types of depressions and just because you have allergies doesn’t necessarily mean you’re depressed or the other way around. Depression is generally described as a powerful feeling of sadness and hopelessness. So before you go telling your doctor you are depressed, really consider if you’re just annoyed with the symptoms or truly depressed. If you are experiencing depression it is critical that you not only take the mention steps to reduce your exposure to allergies and take the right medication to suppress your symptoms, but also see a doctor about your depression.

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June 13, 2011

Reasons Why Your Birth Control Might Fail

When you’re taking birth control, there may always be a little doubt in your mind that it might fail. Although most birth control pills can be close to 100% effective, 53% of unplanned pregnancies occurred in women using birth control methods. There can be a few reasons as to why birth control pills may fail. Here are some of the top reasons they may become ineffective.

Misuse

The failure to follow instructions of birth control is one of the most common reasons of birth control pill failing. Birth control pills should be used exactly as directed and taken at the exact time as the day before. Forgetting to take the pill greatly increases chances of pregnancy. If birth control pills are not your form of contraceptive then you do not have to worry about this. There are many different methods of birth control out there. Talk to your doctor to find the best method of birth control for you.

Antibiotics

Another very frequent cause of the failure of birth control pills is taking birth control pills while taking antibiotics.  If you have a cold, sinus, or any other illness, antibiotics might be a higher priority than birth control for you. Antibiotics can actually reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills, creating a higher risk of pregnancy. Antibiotics do not cure viral illnesses so if you are on the pill, it is just best to fight the illness off naturally. It is also recommended to find types of birth control pills that do not interfere with antibiotics and use a back up form of birth control to prevent pregnancy when sick.

Illnesses

The absorption of hormones in the body may become less effective if illnesses such as vomiting and diarrhea occur. If you are relying on the pill, it is good to use another method of birth control if having intercourse while sick and a few days after recovering.

Natural and Herbal Supplements

People take natural and herbal supplements when trying to improve health or prevent symptoms of illnesses. If something is labeled homeopathic or natural, it can still reduce the efficiency of the birth control pill. It is important that you talk to your health care provider before taking any supplements if you are taking birth control pills.

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