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    The intersection with the allergies

    Nice when everything is green and flourishing. Spring brings allergies hay fever with grass but pesky pollen. Many people are also allergic to related foods. You plague cross allergies.
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    To confuse similar proteins in fruits, vegetables or nuts ensure cross-allergies (
    The pollen accompained the warm season and gives the signal for symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis - also known as rhinitis - such as burning eyes, itchy nose, runny nose and Niessalven.
    Highly sensitive immune system 
    The cause lies in a hypersensitive reaction of allergic to certain proteins in pollen, which enter through the air on the mucous membranes of the nose and respiratory tract.
    The body's immune system keeps this otherwise harmless pollen component for dangerous, they classify as antigens and responds to the supposed enemy defensive substances, the immunoglobulin’s (IgE antibodies) are produced, combined with the hostile protein and release of immune cells and mediators, the allergic reaction from.
    For those that year from allergic symptoms has been damaging, an allergy to proteins in natural latex to house dust mites or more. All very unpleasant and individual uneven. In rare cases, an allergy can be life threatening.
    Cross allergies - treacherous confusion
    What many do not know: some proteins in foods are those referred to allergy triggers confusingly similar. It comes to a cross-allergy when eating.
    Who responds example, birch, hazel and alder allergic tolerate, and often no raw kernel or stone fruit such as apple, peach or cherry. Allergy sufferers should therefore their diet just take a closer look at and tingling and burning in the mouth or swelling in the throat while eating watch.
    Inactivate allergens 
    Be palatable fruits and vegetables in the case of cross-allergencity some three minutes after cooking. The allergenic potential is significantly reduced.
    Heat can increase the risk of allergy but also or do not change: as in soybean, peanut, hazelnut, celery, some spices or mustard.
    Scientifically tested good apple: reduce friction and short to stand in the air, the allergenic activity noticeably. Also the variety and maturity are important. Boskop, Graven stein, Gloucester or Jamba and unripe fruits can be consumed easily by various allergies. Cox Orange, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith or Raeburn, however, have a high allergy potential.
    Allergies and possible cross-reactions in food:
    Allergy to birch, hazel and alder: possible reactions to apple, pear, cherry, peach, apricot, nectarine, fig, plum, strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, kiwi, litchi, hazelnut, Brazil nut, walnut, almond, carrot, celery, many spices 
    Allergic to grass pollen, rye, wheat, oats, barley, wild grasses: possible reactions to tomato, peanut, soybean, pea, raw wheat or rye grain (e.g. breakfast), melon, watermelon 
    Herb mug wort pollen allergy var: possible reactions to celery, carrot, potato, sweet peppers, tomato, cucumber, fennel, peanut, spices like pepper, paprika, cumin and herbs such as dill or parsley, as well as melon, mango, kiwi and apple
    Latex allergy: possible reactions to avocado, banana, fig, kiwi, melon, chestnut, mango, papaya, passion fruit, peaches, peppers, buckwheat flour
    House dust mite allergy: possible reactions to shellfish like crab, shrimp, lobster, shrimp, crustaceans and mollusks such as mussels, snail and oyster
    In case of suspected allergy should ask a specialist doctor, an allergist, an appropriate diagnosis. Then it is necessary to avoid the allergens to treat the symptoms or to initiate an immune therapy. 

    Mobile Services: Good care at the age

    Many people fear the age on the care of dependent relatives to be or to have to go into a home. But with the support of mobile services is an independent living home for a long time possible.
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    First the good news: Nearly three quarters of very old, so people 80 and over, are still living at home. Either alone, child with your partner or with a (grand). Especially in the countryside or in small towns often three or four generations are living in one house, or at least on the same grounds.
    Fortunately, advanced age should not be equated automatically with care. Many 80-year-olds are still very active, can cause its own budget and have a social network of friends, family members and acquaintances. However, it comes with age to some physical degradation processes that can be reflected in reduced performance, faster fatigue or limitations in mobility.
    Thus, about half of women over 80 years, not without difficulty carry shopping bags, to bend down or climb stairs. Especially when there is no elevator in the house or when advanced old because of dizziness or musculoskeletal pain to feel insecure, they go in the worst case, not even out on the street.
    Home help and home help
    In such a situation provider of mobile services (eg, Austrian Red Cross, charity, public assistance, charity, etc ....) is a very helpful support. Depending on individual needs, to be levied at the beginning of a graduate nurse of the organization together with the client, then comes once a week up to three times a day, a home help.
    At the initial meeting will, if desired, a request for advice on the care offered. As the costs for mobile services are graded according to the income of those affected, may - together with care - to ensure adequate care.
    The tasks of the home-help, ranging from shopping, errands - such as roads to the doctor or pharmacy, personal care, food warm or activities in the household, and there are for cleaning their own domestic helpers, or cleaners.
    Visiting service
    Often there are volunteers of known organizations such as charity and help people who are active in visiting service. In this social supply is about to counter the loneliness of old people. The visiting service is for chatting, playing cards, going for walks or to read aloud from the newspaper. The focus is on interpersonal contact and the need to talk to each other.
    Meals on Wheels 
    A big relief for people who find cooking too much trouble, the "meals on wheels" - these are meals that are delivered fresh daily or weekly package home and only have to be warmed up. A person receiving care, the food is replaced at a discounted price.
    Emergency Phone
    The emergency call can old people, especially single people who request help by pressing a button. It is built up after pressing the button on the emergency bracelet a telephone to the respective charity. This immediately prompted a similar measure. Either an ambulance sent or will inform the relatives. The Red Cross is Rufhilfe, in others related to the: . However, other providers of mobile services such as charity help people, Samaritans, etc. offer the emergency phone.
    Key safe
    Many older people find it difficult to open the front door for home help or other mobile services. Therefore, the flat key is kept in a small safe that is secured to the door. This approximately 15 cm high box jumps after typing in a numerical code on the home and can help remove the key.
    Even the emergency organization can give you the code of the key safes known. Then save it in an emergency, the door must be broken or possibly it comes to time delays. In Vienna, some companies provide the key safe - for the rest of the federal inquiries it is best therefore to the relevant mobile services.
    Differences to the assisted living
    Basically you go in the assisted living assume that the tenants when they start their home, can still run their own household. Arises later demand for mobile services, these must also be purchased, as in every other apartment.
    The benefits of assisted living are in addition to the accessibility of the house and the home, especially in the social network in which the tenants are involved. Although initial experiences have indicated that the neighbourly contacts are well designed, as everywhere else too: Some people value the community, others stay on their own.
    Who does not want to move into a supervised apartment remains, quite simply, in its previous home and can of course also the entire range of mobile services to complete. Well in this case would, however, an adaptation of the flat within the meaning of the widest possible accessibility.

    Friends: Trust keeps your healthy

    Good friends is to have to not only our emotional well-being of importance: Trusting relationships, whether the form of a partnership or friendship lived in, Article condition is the key to health and longevity. This is demonstrated by numerous research findings from medicine and psychology.
    From the behavioral medicine, the relationship is to a person familiar classified as a particular aspect of social support. In various studies showed that familiarity is an important link between Freud community health: people who have at least one trusted friend or girlfriend, are far less than others affected by chronic health problems such as high blood pressure, asthma or cardiovascular diseases, they are psychologically resilient and less vulnerable to depression and anxiety.
    "A major British study showed that a relationship of familiarity the lives of women by an average of four, the men even extended by five years," said Prof. Dr. Edward Hoffman, a professor of psychology at Yeshiva University in New York.

    Friends protect against stress 

    How can the health benefits but by a good friend or tell a good friend? A friend can be helpful to make better and more accurate decisions in areas of life such as work, family and health. This can reduce the vulnerability to the stresses of everyday life.
    Other hand, if only to prevent the possibility of being able to talk about his intimate feelings and concerns, an escape in unhealthy behavior. "Relationships, that is a partnership, friends and colleagues to make balanced and happy," said the Viennese psychologist Mag Heide-Marie Smolka.
    On the other hand: "Who smokes carry around worry, anxiety and stress with them permanently, more, eat too much and takes too unhealthy, quick to drugs and favors a more passive lifestyle, characterized by high television consumption and withdrawal," said the American psychologist.

    Friends have to trust each 

    Especially in the age of Twitter, Facebook and Co, the label "friend" will be awarded soon.One must, however, that health effects only go out of friendships and partnerships that are characterized by mutual trust. A really good friend weighs much heavier than a thousand casual Internet, SMS or event acquaintances.
    Avoid therefore do not aim at investing in close friendships! That's only if you take the time for your friend, your friend, your partner or your partner and if you develop the right feeling for closeness and distance.

    How do you keep a friendship alive?

    • Be authentic, open and communicate clearly, how kind you may be, no one can empathize with you and help you if you put it in very vague sense of things. "My job makes me depressed" is much clearer than if they remain vague: "Something is very difficult for me lately."
    • Familiarity is based: A trusted relationship must be reciprocal in the exchange of feelings and problems to give and take. It is important to listen as readily as on their own things to talk. It is important to show genuine interest in the lives of others.
    • Do not overextend your confidant. Familiarity does not mean that you unload all the problems in the other. Here you should be selective and consider: It is counterproductive and not very sensitive, use the other for every little thing as a soul garbage dump Lead.
    • Show your gratitude: Nobody wants to be used only as the Western Wall, without at least recognition to read it. A confidant is not a doctor or therapist must listen to us. Gratitude can be expressed in various ways.
    • Learn and grow in intimate relationship - for example, by soliciting feedback. Feel free to ask not your confidant whether he has the impression that you learned something and you really followed his advice possess.Bear to his honest opinion.
    • Every relationship needs balance. Share your worries and problems not only with your confidant, but also your joys and successes. Familiarity does not mean that you can press down together by the burden of emotional and other problems, but it cushions such as laughter and shared enjoyment. (Psychology Today, May 2010)

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    Quit smoking before pregnancy

    "Smoking is dangerous to your health," "Smoking when pregnant harms your baby" - two of the many slogans as they are to be found on cigarette packets. Cigarette smoke contains around 4,000 different substances, including nicotine, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide. These substances are highly toxic to the human body part, and for long-term health effects responsible for. Heart attack, stroke, hypertension and cancer are the possible consequences.

    Smoking also has a negative effect on the sexuality of women and men. In women, smoking and infertility in men lead to impotence. During pregnancy increases the risk for complications from smoking and the likelihood of premature or stillbirth. Even passive smoking is harmful to pregnant women and their unborn child for.

    Impact on fertility

    Scientific studies have shown that smoking affects fertility. Because smoking increases the pollutant concentration in the endometrium. This makes the fertilization and implantation of an egg. Approximately one year after the last cigarette is the normal fertility restored. 

    But the generative power of men is reduced by smoking. The blood supply of the testes is reduced, which has a negative sperm production and quality can impact on.

    Consequences for the pregnancy

    The pollutants that inhalation of cigarette smoke in the body are released through the cause constriction of blood vessels. During pregnancy, they will lead to decreased blood flow to the placenta . In the placenta, however, finds all the oxygen and nutrient exchange between mother and child instead of the. Smoking which prevents the supply of the embryo with sufficient oxygen and nutrients and affects the healthy development of the child. 

    In comparison have children of women who have smoked in pregnancy, lower birth weight than children of non smoking women. Moreover, increases the risk that the children are underdeveloped at birth. The lung function of newborns can smoke during pregnancy are affected by this. Studies have shown that a person with smoking before pregnancy, start stop, clear health risk to the child and the likelihood of premature or stillbirth reduces.

    No smoking in pregnancy

    Women who planned a pregnancy with the wish to quit smoking before, being able to free places on a personal advise cessation program can be different, for example, when smokers Telephone, one of the competent health insurance or with a company doctor a general practitioner. The diagnosis of the smoking habits, ie, a nicotine dependence is whether and how strong it is, can be made by medical side. A detailed diagnosis, a psychologist specialized treatment to the smoker or a psychologist to make it. 

    For many women, pregnancy is a special motivation to quit smoking. For the smoking cessation experts generally advise: the sooner the better. How long does it take to stop smoking with depends on the degree of nicotine dependence and the actual readiness of the parties concerned on the. In most cases, succeed in stopping smoking is not from one day to another. From the first meeting to the cessation treatment sessions are often several consultations and necessary. Often an effective smoking cessation extends over several weeks.

    Using it's easier

    Help and support in smoking cessation offer brief advice by medical doctors or health psychologists / health psychologists. In cessation programs for individuals or groups with personal care is an intensive monitoring in a smoke-free life. 

    In the initial meeting will include the analysis of smoking behavior in and asks how much willingness is to stop smoking with. Then approach is further discussed as a long-term smoking cessation can be achieved. Depending on personal desire and a need for the first interview the possibility of continued care. 
    Support in efforts to quit smoking, 3-A can offer the technology. A is here waiting for the alternatives, deflecting and cutting off that smoking used to be instead of. Waiting means that a craving attack usually after a few minutes is over and up to ten minutes to be waited for. In deflecting means by Gusto on cigarettes to another activity to focus his attention, such as reading, a glass of water. Is cut off for a short-term change of location, for example, on the toilet or to fresh air. 

    Nicotine replacement is not recommended for pregnant women. Should quit without medical assistance not be possible, the attending physician or the patient's physician be consulted. The use of nicotine replacement therapy should only be done under medical supervision. The cost of medical assistance are not covered by health insurance. 

    Also regular exercise helps in smoking cessation to prevent withdrawal symptoms and is - in consultation with the doctor gives you - even for pregnant women possible. The benefits of physical training on smoking cessation - at least 30 minutes, two or three times per week - until proven in many studies.

    Use has been scientifically

    Researchers from the Cochrane Collaboration studies on smoking cessation programs systematically evaluated different. An important finding is that smoking cessation programs can help provide successful if pregnant women want to quit smoking with the.And babies of mothers who have participated in a smoking cessation course arrived, less often or too early in the underdeveloped world.

    About a quarter of pregnant women smokes!

    In Austria, smoking estimated 20-30 percent of pregnant women - at least at the beginning of a pregnancy. Only half are consumption during pregnancy on. However, 56 percent to catch up again after childbirth. 
    In terms of the total population smoke 19 percent of all 15-year-old women on a daily basis (27 percent of men).

    Where can I go and how is the cost cover?

    For a first discussion on the possibilities of stopping smoking or for smoking therapy itself, you can contact the following agencies: 
    • Smokers phone at 0810 810 013 (maximum of € 0.10 per minute): As a nationwide initiative of the social security institutions, the countries and the Ministry of Health smoking phone supports the way into the smoke-free!Experienced Clinical and health psychologists offer Monday to Friday 13:00 bis 18:00 clock telephone advice and support during smoking cessation, especially for expectant parents and pregnant women. The site also contains a list of counseling centers in Austria: .
    • Outpatient smoking cessation of health insurance: Health insurance companies offer their facilities and outpatient smoking cessation counseling programs in. The cost of the insurance company takes over, only the cost of any medical assistance must pay for itself. The consultancy is an appointment necessary and the e-card to bring. The current offers are available directly from the individual health insurance.
    • Inpatient smoking cessation in specialized institutions: This is usually a several-week "cure" with special cessation programs. Under certain conditions (for example, secondary disease COPD , severe dependence) costs borne by the respective social security up to the deductible. This requires, however, in the run-together family doctor / family doctor or the lung specialist doctor to the lung specialist, an application for "rehabilitation, spa and recreation residence" are made with the. Rehabilitation centers, for example for Pulmonary Diseases, see the rehabilitation compass . More information (including the Kostenabdeckdung), see the rehabilitation and recuperation .
    • Established medical doctors with additional qualifications smoking cessation,see . A one-time advice on the screening of relaying to the smoker phone is for patients / patients free of charge. The smoking cessation in a / an established doctor / physician is not paid by health insurance.
    • Specialised psychologists / psychologists: contract psychologists / psychologist contract can cost a smoker with the insurance r├╝ckverrechnen the diagnosis. This requires a medical referral for clinical psychological diagnosis with suspected "abuse of nicotine," "nicotine dependence" is necessary. Specialised psychologists / psychologist (smoking treatment, smoking cessation) can be found . Also a list of all psychologists with cash contract is available on the website of the professional association. Some have health insurance list of its cash and cash psychologist psychologists on its website published.