In cases where expectant mothers were found to have a low vitamin D level in the blood, the occurrence of food allergies among their two-year old children was rarer than in cases where expectant mothers had a high vitamin D blood level. In reverse, this means that a high vitamin D level in pregnant women is associated with a higher risk of their children to develop a food allergy during infancy. Furthermore, those children were found to have a high level of the specific immunoglobulin E to food allergens such as egg white, milk protein, wheat flour, peanuts or soy beans.
Apart from diet, the level of vitamin D is mainly affected by conditions such as season, exposure to the sun and the amount of time spent outdoors — these factors were also taken into account in the current risk analyses of vitamin D and food allergy. Even though the occurrence of food allergies is undoubtedly affected by many other factors than just the vitamin D level, it is still important to take this aspect into consideration. It is advisable for pregnant women not to take vitamin D supplements. and excess of vitamin D can increase the risk of children developing a food allergy in the first two years of their life.
Spring time is approaching, which primarily means that green and yellow dust will start to appear on your cars, windows, and start to take over in North Texas. Most species of tree pollen starts to emerge in February and can persist well into the summer. Allergy suffers should try to minimize their time outdoors during the day as the tree pollen counts are often higher and more potent while the sun is out. It is very important to determine which species of trees you may be allergic to, and this can be done with routine allergy skin testing.
If the trees are causing your sniffles and itchy, watery eyes stop your job as a lumberjack and come see us!!