Archive for February, 2015

Identifying Food Allergies

If you’re one of the millions of people who are affected by food allergies, you must be constantly vigilante of what you eat, or even what your food unknowingly comes into contact with. If you have a shell-fish allergy and your food has been prepared on the same grill as the allergen the ramifications to your health could be serious.

Knowing exactly what you’re allergic to is key to your health – and this requires a food allergy test from your doctor utilizing Food Elisa Kits. Each year, millions of Americans have allergic reactions to food. Although most food allergies cause relatively mild and minor symptoms, some food allergies can cause severe reactions, and may even be life-threatening. There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of food allergens — and early recognition and management of allergic reactions to food — are important measures to prevent serious health consequences.

Major Food Allergens:
There are more than 160 foods which can cause allergic reactions in people with food allergies. The eight most common allergenic foods, which account for 90% of food allergic reactions, are the food sources from which many other ingredients are derived. Those foods are:
Milk, Eggs, Fish (e.g., bass, flounder, cod), Crustacean shellfish (e.g. crab, lobster, shrimp), Tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, pecans), Peanuts, Wheat, Soybeans.

Symptoms:
Symptoms of food allergies typically appear from within a few minutes to two hours after a person has eaten the food they are allergic to.

Allergic reactions can include:
Hives
Flushed skin or rash
Tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth
Face, tongue, or lip swelling
Vomiting and/or diarrhea
Abdominal cramps
Coughing or wheezing
Dizziness and/or lightheadedness
Swelling of the throat and vocal cords
Difficulty breathing
Loss of consciousness

Tips To Prevent Lyme Disease

It’s spring and that means we’re all headed outdoors to enjoy the sunshine, warm weather and Mother Nature. Unfortunately, it’s also the time to worry about a tiny menace known as the tick. The blacklegged tick (also known as the deer tick) can transmit Lyme disease through a single bite. Therefore, it is imperative to avoid ticks and being bitten at all costs.

To reduce your chances of a tick bite:
*Avoid tick-infested areas, such as leaf litter under trees. Avoid brushing against long grasses and brush on edges of paths. Don’t sit on stumps or fallen logs.
*Wear light-colored long pants and long sleeves so you can easily see any ticks.
*Tuck shirt into pants and tuck pants into socks.
*Use DEET on skin and treat clothing with spray containing permethrin.
*Do a thorough tick check upon returning inside and for several days following exposure.
*Check bedding for several days following exposure for ticks that drop off.

Removing A Tick
If a tick is promptly found and removed, the infection can be prevented. When Lyme disease is left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body and become a chronic condition.

If you find a tick on your body, use tweezers to grasp it and pull directly upward. Try to avoid twisting the tweezers as you pull so that you don’t detach the tick’s mouth and leave it in your skin. After you’ve removed the tick, cleanse the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol. If you have any concerns, seek immediate medical attention. A hospital, doctor’s office, or medical clinic can use our Lyme disease test kit to get you immediate answers.

Enjoy your time outdoors, but always remember to be safe. If you take the proper precautions, the summer months can be filled with good health and outdoor adventure!

Detecting Rheumatoid Arthritis

Do you suspect your patient has rheumatoid arthritis? If so, then you need a reliable rheumatoid factor test that can give you definitive answers.

Rheumatoid Test
When you’re searching for a rheumatoid factor test for your medical office, laboratory, or hospital, you can count on Diagnostic Automation / Cortez Diagnostics, Inc. We make high-quality serological testing supplies that are made for the qualitative and semi-quantitative measurements of RF in human serum. These serology tests are based on the principle of latex agglutination assay by Singer and Plotz.

What Is Rheumatoid Factor?
Rheumatoid factor is an antibody that is measurable in the blood. It is actually an antibody that can bind to other antibodies. Antibodies are normal proteins in our blood that are important parts of our immune system. However, Rheumatoid factor is not usually present in an unaffected individual.

About Rheumatoid Factor
Rheumatoid factor is detectable in the blood of approximately 80% of adults with rheumatoid arthritis. Sometimes rheumatoid factor can be detected in the blood of normal individuals and of those with other autoimmune diseases that are not rheumatoid arthritis. In people with rheumatoid arthritis, high levels of rheumatoid factor can indicate a tendency toward more aggressive disease and/or a tendency to develop rheumatoid nodules and/or rheumatoid lung disease.

What’s Mono?

K-I-S-S-I-N-G. Ever heard of the kissing disease? If you guessed mono, you’re right. However, you don’t only get mono from kissing, despite what you may have heard on the middle school playground. Infectious mononucleosis, mono for short, is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), which is a type of herpes virus. Other viruses in the herpes family cause cold sores and chicken pox.

How do you get it?
Mono is contagious, which means you can spread the virus to other people who haven’t had mono before. Even though you can get mono from kissing someone infected with EBV, there are other ways you can get it, but they all involve contact with saliva. Sharing straws, toothbrushes, or food from the same plate can also spread mono.

At first, people usually don’t feel sick after getting infected with the EBV virus. So someone could be infected — and be spreading mono — and not even know it. That’s why it’s important not to share things like forks, straws, water bottles, or lip gloss

Who is most susceptible?
Most people who get mono are between the ages of 15 and 25, but younger kids can get it, too. The mono virus affects the lymph nodes, throat, salivary glands, liver, spleen, and blood, and it can make a person feel tired and achy all over. It can also make you lose your appetite. Our mononucleosis test is quick, easy and accurate. Learn more about our Serology tests from Diagnostic Automations / Cortez Diagnostics today.