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Preparation and transportation instructions for stool specimens
It is advisable to bring stool specimens before treatment or not earlier than 14 days after the end of the course of antibacterial and antimycotic therapy. If the feces are given while taking medication, be sure to point out this in a doctor's referral. 3-4 days before the study, avoid taking drugs that increase intestinal motility, or change the color of feces. Before a defecation, do not use fat-based rectal suppositories, enemas and thermal procedures on the stomach.

Collect faeces on a clean surface, which can be a clean new sheet of polyethylene or white paper. Feces are used after natural defecation. When using the vessel, it is preliminarily thoroughly washed with soap and a sponge, rinsed repeatedly with tap water, and then poured over with boiling water and cooled.
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Lactose intolerance. What is it?

Milk is a tasty and healthy product. But with an increased sensitivity of the body to lactose, one of the main components of milk, it causes significant harm to a person. If the enzyme that breaks down milk - lactase, is absent in the body or is present in small quantities, then complete or partial lactose intolerance occurs. This condition is called lactase deficiency. 

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Gluten intolerance. What is it?
Every day, the number of people who refuse gluten (a sticky substance that is part of wheat, rye, barley and makes pastries airy) is increasing. Someone refuses, suffering from chronic diseases, and someone - for the sake of prophylaxy. But giving up gluten isn't always justified. If your body does not have hypersensitivity, then it is absolutely unnecessary, and even harmful, to deprive it of important products.

How do you know if you need or, conversely, you can not give up gluten?"

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Poplar fluff, heat, allergies: how to understand that you are ill and save yourself?
Doctors say whether poplar fluff is as terrible as they say about it

We began to sneeze more often, buy pills for allergy symptoms, and set fire to the poplar fluff lining the sidewalks. Seasonal allergies came to the cities along with May.

We talked to two allergists to find out if allergists suffer from poplar fluff, how to recognize a reaction to pollen, and what to do if you live in a flourishing city. The questions of Karabas LIVE were answered by the President of the Association of Allergologists of Ukraine, Professor Boris Pukhlyk, and Candidate of Medical Sciences, Director of the Kyiv Medical Center ""Alergologi"" Marina Borisyuk.
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5 life hacks to avoid unnecessary expenses when taking tests
It’s not worth saving on health, but it’s better to avoid unnecessary expenses, isn’t it? Let’s not overpay!
Today we publish 5 life hacks on how to avoid unnecessary expenses when taking tests:

1. Taking tests.
Pay attention to the so-called pre-analytical stage, this is a separate line in the price list that you may not notice. Be sure to look at how much it will cost you to take the analysis.
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Hypoallergenic pets - which pets are suitable for allergy sufferers
The unfavorable ecological situation and the peculiarities of the modern lifestyle have led to an increase in the percentage of people suffering from allergies. The disease causes many inconveniences to pet lovers. Hypoallergenic breeds could be an ideal solution for them, but not everything is so simple here.

Are there hypoallergenic animals?

Many people believe that the main source of allergies is animal fur - this is not entirely true. Various factors associated with pets can cause a reaction: odors, saliva, dander, sebum, urine and food. It is impossible to say with certainty that an animal will not cause an allergy. An allergic reaction can occur even in those who previously kept a pet in the house or who have one now.
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Diagnostics of celiac disease

It is difficult to name a more secretive disease than celiac disease. It masquerades as various diseases, none of its symptoms can be considered specific, indicating this particular disease. Moreover, we will not find all significant symptoms in any patient with celiac disease. Meanwhile, if celiac disease is not diagnosed and a gluten-free diet is not started, then the disease will progress, causing more and more symptoms, turning into formidable complications that can even lead to death. At the same time, a complete rejection of gluten upsets the balance of iron, vitamins and calcium, and this also greatly undermines health.

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Mold is the enemy in your home
Some types of mold can save lives, others can kill.

Some give a special taste to cheese and wines, others poison food. Some species accumulate on wood, others in the bathroom or on books. Mold surrounds us everywhere and, unfortunately, it is a terrible allergen.

Mold allergy is a serious threat to human health. Mold fungus is a large group of living organisms found in any climatic environment, in any season. It is almost impossible to exclude contacts with them. The fungus thrives in damp and warm conditions, both indoors and outdoors.
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Histamine intolerance
Often after the New Year's feast, we notice a rash on the skin, redness and feel itchy. Allergy? Maybe. But there is another factor that is much more common than food allergies and manifests itself in culinary excesses. This is a histamine food intolerance.

Histamine is a natural mediator that is constantly present in the body, and also enters the intestines along with food.

Histamine is produced during allergic reactions, acting on specific receptors and causes the corresponding clinical manifestations, such as itching, urticaria, runny nose and bronchospasm.

Food intolerance to histamine (HIT - Histamine Intolerance) occurs when there is an excess or insufficient utilization of histamine by the body. Excessive levels of histamine affect all organs and systems of the body, causing various specific symptoms reminiscent of food allergies - rash, itching, hives, runny nose, bronchospasm, as well as various intestinal disorders, migraines, and others.
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Cat allergy
According to the statistics of the World Health Organization, more than 15% of the population of our planet suffer from cat allergies to one degree or another.
Different people may show one or more of the following symptoms:
  • runny or stuffy nose;
  • sneezing
  • irritability or watery eyes;
  • manifestations similar to asthma symptoms - cough, wheezing, shortness of breath;
  • redness of the skin where the cat has scratched, bitten or licked.
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Why does a runny nose turn into otitis

Many parents do not consider a runny nose in a child a serious illness, and in vain - it can lead to otitis media. What does the prevention of otitis media in a runny nose include? How to blow your nose?

The development of otitis with a runny nose is associated with a violation of the patency of the Eustachian tube, which connects the nasopharynx with the tympanic cavity of the middle ear, which is primarily due to its swelling and blockage with thick nasal mucus.
In children, the Eustachian tube is wide and short, so microbes easily and quickly overcome the let from the nasopharynx to the middle ear.

Nasal congestion and improper blowing of the nose contribute to the reflux of infected mucus into the ear.

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Allergic to what?
When an allergy starts, many people cannot understand what exactly the body reacted to. It happens, of course, that after trying a new product or purchasing a new flower, a person wakes up with an allergy and a firm conviction that it is an enemy, I know it by sight! But more often than not, a survey is indispensable.

There are three main groups of allergens:
1. Food.
2. Pollen.
3. Household.
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Allergy to tea
"Tea is not just a drink, it is a whole culture that dates back thousands of years. The diverse traditions of tea drinking, characteristic of different regions of the world, many recipes, and even Tea Day, although not official, all this speaks of the leading position of this drink. Black and green, hot and cold, with milk, sugar, and even salt, tea is a tonic effect, vitamins, and just a few minutes of relaxation.

But, unfortunately, like any product, tea can cause allergic reactions. If you suspect that you have a tea allergy, should you give up your favorite drink?

We recommend that you do not make hasty decisions, but first understand the situation.
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