Archive for July, 2014

An unlikely source of seasonal allergies

There are few things as refreshing as biting into a cool, juicy fruit on a hot summer day. The sweetness and natural juices are ideal to help quench your thirst.22029048_xxl

For people who suffer from seasonal allergies, this seemingly healthy indulgence may possibly lead to other health issues that include an itchy feeling in the mouth, throat and on the lips.

“Some fruits and vegetables have identical proteins to those in pollen which can trigger allergic reactions,” said Frances “Ed” Neuzil, Jr. PhD, MSN, ARNP, FAANP and owner of the Allergy, Sinus and Asthma Family Health Center in Central Florida. “Eating these plant-based foods can cause what’s called oral allergy syndrome and can cause an immune response similar to when a person inhales airborne allergy triggers.”

For example, melons such as cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon, have a protein which mirrors what’s in ragweed pollen. Other fruits and vegetables which share similar triggers are banana, zucchini, cucumber and kiwi.

Apples are another common source of oral allergy symptoms for people who are allergic to birch pollen.

Neuzil notes that not everyone who suffers from seasonal allergies experience the oral allergy symptoms and that the itchiness may not occur each time the food is consumed. He says it may only happen during a person’s respective allergy season when those airborne proteins are more prominent.

The key is recognizing when you have symptoms and to stop eating the offending food. Sometimes, removing the skin or eating canned or frozen forms of the fruit may be better tolerated.

Neuzil recommends consulting with a medical practitioner to help determine the source of the allergic reaction to learn ways to avoid further symptoms.

Bragging Rights!

You’ll please pardon us for a little bit of shameless, self-promotion but we’re especially proud of a certain fellow.

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Dr. Neuzil’s Irrigator founder Ed Neuzil was recently inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. He’s pictured here with his sponsor Gail Sadler MSN, ARNP-BC, FAANP (left) and Mary Ellen Roberts, DNP, RN, APNC, FAAN, FAANP (Chair of the Fellows).

Nurse practitioner and creator of Dr. Neuzil’s Irrigator nasal cleansing spray Edward Neuzil, Jr. was recently inducted as a Fellow with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

He’s been in the medical industry for more than 35 years and has owned his own allergy, sinus and asthma practice for 13 years.

“I love helping people, which is why I decided to become a nurse practitioner,” said Neuzil, PhD, MSN, ARNP-BC, FAANP, who was a volunteer firefighter/paramedic before pursuing his nursing career. “Nurse practitioners provide a tremendous service in ensuring more people have access to medical care. A fellowship is an honor because it means colleagues across the country look at you as a leader in both the community and in the nation. Not only are they looking at one’s accomplishments but his or her commitment to patients and how they can impact health care as a nurse practitioner.”

His dedication to his patients was the impetus for creating Dr. Neuzil’s Irrigator. He just couldn’t get patients and family to use common nasal irrigation therapies such as the Neti Pot or sinus rinse to help with their chronic nasal issues and allergies.

The spray he developed is more pleasant, easy-to-use and just as effective. In fact, it has the Parent Tested, Parent Approved Seal of Approval.

So please join us in congratulating Ed for his most recent accomplishment. We think it’s pretty nifty that his peers have recognized him for his commitment to health care.