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Do You Have Allergies?

  You may have environmental allergies and not know it. Here are some general questions that may suggest allergies.

  1. Do you find yourself, or have others complained that you are constantly clearing your throat?
  2. Do you find yourself sneezing in a house where there are cats even if the cats aren’t present?
  3. Do you get frequent colds in the spring that seem hard to get over?
  4. Is there one room in your house like the laundry room or garage that you feel worse it?
  5. Do your symptoms improve when you go away on vacation?
  6. Do your symptoms, for instance an annoying cough, appear Monday morning at work and disappear on the weekends?
  7. Did you have sneezing attacks or itchy eyes before you moved into your house, or into the area?
  8. Do your symptoms increase with gardening, especially with the use of herbicides or pesticides?
  9. Do you have a tightening of the throat, itchy eyes, or runny nose when you renovate your house?
  10. Do you have any hobbies that involve exposure to chemicals such as painting, model making or pottery?

Many people think of allergies as only hayfever and food reactions. Actually, allergies may manifest as abnormal hunger, anxiety, arthritis, belching, bloating, blurred vision, chest congestion, crying jags, depression, dermatitis, diarrhea, difficulty in concentrating and remembering, dizziness, earache, ear infection, eczema, faintness, fatigue, flatulence, hives, hyperactivity, increased pulse rate, irritability, learning disabilities, mental slowness, muscle aches, nausea, pains, persistent and frequent need to urinate, post-nasal drip, sleeplessness, stomach distress and cramps, swelling ankles, feet and hands, vaginal discharge, vomiting, watery eyes and weakness. Allergies or food sensitivities may cause the lines under children’s eyes, or the salute sign, or allergic shiners, grinding teeth at night, chronic tonsillitis, or just enlarged tonsils, foul smelling breath, feet, perspiration or stools, Tourette’s syndrome, and bedwetting.

If you answered yes to more than 7 questions, then you may want to consult a physician in the field of natural medicine (naturopath or herbalist) to help eliminate or decrease your allergies.



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Dr. Suzanne C. Lawton
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Tigard, OR 97223