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Make it Your Best Thanksgiving Break Yet

Thanksgiving break comes at the right time for college students. The fall semester has been dragging on and winter break still seems ages away. So, we get to count down to Thanksgiving break.college student fall thanksgiving break

We all know that Thanksgiving break is the first of a string of holiday meals, parties and wintry snacks. It is hard to survive a Thanksgiving break without feeling a little regret for the calories consumed.

Don’t Fret Over Thanksgiving Break!

Even though you’re sure to indulge a little this coming break, it doesn’t mean you can’t make smart, healthy choices.

Want to come back to campus feeling accomplished and refreshed? Follow these steps for having a healthy and productive break.

Make a Plan

Make your break plans well in advance, so you aren’t stressed. If you can’t make it home to celebrate with family, ask friends what they’re doing. Friends may invite you to their family dinner or you could plan a gathering on your own.

Get Work Done Before Break

Nothing will dampen your break faster than stress. Try to leave the stress behind by making a to-do list and crossing off every item before you leave campus. Think about your papers, studying and assignments. Make a packing and cleaning list to make sure you’re prepared to leave your room for a few days.

Think Healthy

The best way to prepare yourself for a successful break is to focus on healthy decisions. If you head into the break ready to eat in moderation, stay active and prioritize time with friends and family, you’re more likely to stick to your guns.

Make Appointments

Depending on how many days you get off, your Thanksgiving break might be perfect for a few health-related appointments. Maybe you can squeeze a trip to the dentist or get allergy testing to see why you can’t stop sneezing.

Focus on Relationships

No matter where you spend your Thanksgiving break, the best part of the time off is the time spent with loved ones. Don’t let the break go to waste — enjoy the meal with your family, take a walk with a friend, start a pick-up game of basketball, or call a relative you won’t be able to see. You’ll head back to class feeling refreshed after time spent with the ones you’ve been missing.


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Milk Allergy Testing

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Problems from game day snacks? You may consider testing for food allergy.

If the cheese dip and milkshake you gouged down while watching the Jayhawks in the tourney didn’t sit so well, it might be more than a case of nerves.

Milk allergy is one of the Top 8 allergens and could be the cause of your problems.

Do you suffer from milk allergy?

First things first – milk allergy and milk protein intolerance (lactose intolerance) are not the same thing.

Milk allergy is an immune system disorder that fights off milk proteins as foreign invaders to your body.

Lactose intolerance is a digestive system issue where your GI tract cannot break down the sugar in milk.

Unlike milk allergy, lactose intolerance is not life-threatening. Although both conditions can cause abdominal pain, gas, bloating, swelling and diarrhea – they are not the same condition.

Testing for milk allergy is critical to determine if you suffer from lactose intolerance or a true milk allergy.

Symptoms of milk allergy

Signs of a milk allergy may look like lactose intolerance at first, but if milk is not avoided and the allergy not taken seriously, serious complications can occur. According to Mayo Clinic, the signs of a milk allergy include:

Immediately after consuming milk:

  • Hives
  • Wheezing
  • Vomiting

Signs and symptoms that may take more time to develop include:

  • Loose stools, which may contain blood
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy skin rash, often around the mouth
  • Colic, in babies

Avoiding more than milk

As KidsHealth.org points out, those with a milk allergy must be careful with everything they eat.

Some foods that contain milk are obvious, like pizza. But others, like baked goods, may not be so obvious.

Milk products like ice cream and yogurt are not the only “off limits” foods for someone with milk allergy. Foods with milk baked into them may also cause a problem since the proteins in the milk can trigger a reaction.

Testing for milk allergy in Lawrence, KS

Although uncommon, a milk allergy may cause anaphylaxis – a life-threatening condition from a severe allergic reaction.

That’s why it’s critical to know if your “bathroom problems” following those yummy, creamy game-day snacks is intolerance or a true milk allergy.

To receive an allergy test, call our ARCpoint Labs of Lawrence location. Our staff will perform a blood test to determine if you have milk allergy. We’re affordable. No insurance required. No doctor’s prescription needed.

Call us today at (785) 542-6533.

 


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Peanut Allergy

peanut-allergyWhile on the airplane last week, a Southwest Airlines stewardess announced that the airline would not serve peanuts that morning due to a passenger’s food allergy. The airlines staff also asked all passengers who brought snacks containing peanuts to avoid eating them during the duration of the flight.

Apparently, a passenger on-board could have suffered from a severe allergic reaction even if someone simply opened a snack containing peanuts.

About peanut allergy

Although children most commonly experience peanut allergy, adults can suffer, too. Some experience discomfort only when they eat peanuts – others cannot even be near products (like granola bars) that contain traces of peanuts. Some allergies produce mild results; others can be severe (anaphylaxis). In those cases, the throat swells up, breathing is constricted and a trip to the ER is in order.

Peanut allergy symptoms

According to Mayo Clinic, here are some of the signs of a nut allergy:

  • Skin reactions, such as hives, redness or swelling
  • Itching or tingling in or around the mouth and throat
  • Digestive problems, such as diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea or vomiting
  • Tightening of the throat
  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Runny nose

Whether you had a mild or severe reaction to peanuts, testing for food allergy and a physician consultation is always recommended upon the first sign of a peanut allergy.

What causes peanut allergy?

There is not a clear consensus on the cause of peanut allergy. PeanutAllergy.com states that the cause of peanut allergy is a mystery, but that allergy is likely to be inherited. Many others are not so sure – some even believe that the quick movement to ban peanuts is more mass hysteria than anything. Some new studies associate a nut allergy risk with breastfeeding for at least six months. And yet others blame a spotless house with a rise in allergy – including peanuts.

Do you have a peanut allergy?

Despite the varied opinions on the cause and validity of (some) nut allergies – one thing is clear:  some do suffer from peanut allergy. And those who have a true allergy (not just intolerance) face high risk of serious complications. It’s more critical than ever to receive proper testing if you suspect you or your child have a peanut allergy.

If you’re in the Kansas City area, please contact any of our three ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City locations to get your allergy test. No insurance needed. No doctor’s prescription required.