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Allergy Shots Still Effective for Seniors

Posted 2 days 12 hours ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 – Allergy shots can still benefit seniors with allergies, a new study suggests. The study included 60 people with hay fever between the ages of 65 and 75 who were given either allergy shots or a placebo for three years. Those who received the allergy shots had a 55 percent reduction in symptoms and a 64 percent decrease in their use of allergy relief medication, according to the study results. They were published Feb. 9 in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The researchers, led by Dr. Andrzej Bozek of Medical University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland, said diagnosis and management of hay fever in seniors can be challenging because they tend to have other health conditions. The researchers added that their findings show that an aging immune system doesn't significantly reduce the effectiveness of allergy shots. While allergy shots are known to benefit ... Read more

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Health Tip: Are You Allergic to Your Pet?

Posted 5 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If you suspect you're allergic to your pet, be on the lookout for typical symptoms. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology mentions these potential signs of animal allergy: Sneezing and runny nose. Watery, itchy eyes. Nasal congestion. Itchy skin or hives. Signs of asthma, such as wheezing, chest tightness or trouble breathing. Read more

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Health Tip: Recogize Signs of Mold Allergy

Posted 21 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Mold is a common allergen that can grow indoors or outside. If you have a mold allergy, your immune system overreacts when you inhale mold spores. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says possible symptoms of mold allergy include: Stuffy or runny nose. Frequent sneezing. Wheezing or coughing. Itching of the throat or ears. Itching and swelling of the eyes. Difficulty breathing. Read more

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Allergy and Asthma Sufferers Beware as Holiday Season Kicks In

Posted 23 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Nov. 21, 2015 – There are a number of steps people with allergies and asthma can take to deal with the challenges they may face over the holidays, an expert says. "Two-thirds of allergy sufferers have symptoms year-round, so it's not just a matter of the first freeze hitting and your symptoms disappearing," Dr. Bryan Martin, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), said in a college news release. "Even after the pollen season dies down, there are environmental triggers to deal with – things like mold, dust and pet dander. The winter holidays can bring a whole new set of triggers," he explained. For example, very cold, dry air can trigger asthma, experts warn. When going outside in very cold weather, people with asthma should cover their mouth and nose with a scarf or face mask, especially if they're exercising. People with allergies and ... Read more

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Medicines Last as Long in Space as Here on Earth: Study

Posted 13 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2015 – Medicines don't degrade faster in space than they do on Earth, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed nine medications that were stocked on the International Space Station for 550 days and returned unused to Earth, where they were kept under controlled conditions for three to five months. The medications included pain relievers, sleeping aids, antihistamines/decongestants, an anti-diarrheal and an alertness drug. The researchers assessed whether the active ingredients and the amount of degradation in the medications met United States Pharmacopeia (USP) guidelines for viability. One medication met the USP standards five months after its expiration date, four met the standards up to eight months after their expiration dates, and three met the standards when tested three months before their expiration dates. A dietary supplement/sleeping aid did not meet the ... Read more

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Don't Assume Siblings Will Have Food Allergies, Too

Posted 5 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2015 – Only about one in 10 siblings of children with food allergies also has such allergies, a new study finds. "Too often, it's assumed that if one child in a family has a food allergy, the other kids need to be tested for food allergies," said lead author and allergist Dr. Ruchi Gupta, an associate professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. The study included 1,120 siblings of children with a diagnosed food allergy. Patient histories and testing revealed that while 53 percent of the siblings had a food sensitivity, only 13 percent had an actual food allergy, the researchers found. The study was scheduled for presentation Thursday at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, in San Antonio. The findings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal. The study authors ... Read more

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Dogs in the Home May Lower Kids' Odds for Asthma

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – Exposure to dogs or farm animals early in life appears to reduce a child's risk of developing asthma, a new study shows. Researchers looked at more than one million Swedish children. They found that those who grew up with dogs in the home were nearly 15 percent less likely to develop asthma than those not exposed to dogs. The new study also confirmed earlier research showing that children who grow up on farms have lower rates of asthma. While the study can't prove cause-and-effect, it does "support the 'hygiene hypothesis,' in that early exposure of children to microbes may support the development of a healthy immune system," said Dr. Sherry Farzan, an allergist and immunologist at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, N.Y. She was not involved in the study. The findings were published online Nov. 2 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. The study was led by ... Read more

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Drugs May Be as Good as Surgery for Chronic Sinusitis

Posted 29 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 – If you struggle with chronic sinus infections and think surgery is the only way to end your misery, new research suggests that's not always the case. Sticking with treatments that can include nasal sprays, antibiotics and antihistamines may be as effective as surgery in helping some patients achieve a better quality of life, the small study found. Among 38 patients with chronic sinus infections who continued with medical therapy rather than have surgery, the annual cost of lost productivity dropped from more than $3,400 to about $2,700 over almost 13 months of treatment. Moreover, absenteeism was reduced from five days to two days and going to work sick was cut from 17 days to 15 days, the researchers reported. "Patients who have relatively minimally reduced productivity at work and minimally reduced quality of life from their underlying chronic sinusitis can ... Read more

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Halloween Can Be a Fright for Kids With Food Allergies

Posted 27 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2015 – Parents of youngsters with food allergies may feel Halloween is more trick than treat, but the holiday's risks can be reduced with some simple precautions, an expert says. "Every year Halloween is a bigger celebration. And every year, parents of kids with food allergies have to think about ways to keep their child safe from potential allergic reactions," allergist Dr. Janna Tuck said in an American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) news release. "About 4 to 6 percent of children in the United States have a food allergy. And while many kids are good at knowing what they're allergic to, sometimes there are hidden dangers kids and parents need to be aware of," she added. One way to make Halloween safer for children with food allergies is to put the emphasis on spookiness rather than treats. There are many fun things to do that don't involve eating, ... Read more

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Unexpected Severe Allergic Reactions Strike Many Schools

Posted 26 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Oct. 24, 2015 – More than one in 10 U.S. schools reported at least one student who suffered a severe allergic reaction during the 2013-14 school year, new research shows. And 22 percent of those students had no previously known allergies, the researchers added. Epinephrine is typically used to treat severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). "There's always a first time for a reaction – it can be at home, it can be in school, it can be in a restaurant, it can be on the soccer field," said study author Dr. Martha White, research director of the Institute for Asthma & Allergy in Wheaton, Md. "But the bottom line is that many students experiencing anaphylaxis in school had no prior known allergies and would not have had medication there or at home," she said in a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The study included more than 6,000 schools participating ... Read more

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Health Tip: Easing Hives

Posted 20 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Hives are red, itchy skin welts that stem from an allergic reaction. Finding out what caused the hives is a first step in ending the itch. The ease the discomfort and prevent hives from returning, the American Academy of Dermatology advises: Hives may be triggered by food, medication, animals, pollen, stress or infection. A mild case may not need treatment and may subside on its own. A cool shower or cool compress placed on the hives can help soothe itch. If you have frequent bouts of hives, you may want to find a support group to help you cope. Hives accompanied by serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, may need an emergency medication. Speak to your doctor. Read more

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Health Tip: Climate Can Affect Allergies

Posted 5 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Allergies can make the coming of a new season miserable. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology explains how: Pollen from ragweed and trees tends to ramp up when the nights are cool and days warm. The morning hours tend to be highest for pollen counts. High humidity and high temperatures can promote rapid growth of mold. While rain can help wash away pollen, counts can soar when the rain ends. Days without wind are best for those with allergies. It's just about impossible to escape seasonal allergens simply by moving to a new location. Allergens lurk just about everywhere. Read more

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Health Tip: Is Dust Causing Your Allergy?

Posted 24 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

-- An allergy to dust can lead to lots of teary eyes, sneezing and coughing. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says sources of dust discomfort could include: Dust mites, which are most often to blame for a flare of allergy symptoms. These tiny creatures thrive in warm, moist environments. Cockroaches, which shed tiny particles that contribute to house dust. Molds, which can grow throughout your home, especially in moist, warm areas. Pollen, which may be spread by trees, weeds and other plants. Pet allergens, which may include dander, saliva and urine. Read more

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Health Tip: Coping With Chickenpox

Posted 24 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- What can you do if you get chickenpox – besides scratch? The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Keep the room cool, as heat can make itchy skin worse. Put a cool, damp compress on the itchiest spots. Keep fingernails trimmed short so you don't break the skin if you do scratch. Soak in a lukewarm oatmeal bath. Apply calamine lotion. Read more

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Got a Rash? You Might Be Allergic to Nickel, Dermatologist Says

Posted 20 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 – Nickel is one of the most common causes of a skin rash that occurs due to contact with an allergen, a dermatologist says. This type of rash, allergic contact dermatitis, can be caused by nickel in jewelry, a patient's diet, nickel in a medical implant or nickel in a medication that's applied to the skin, said Dr. Jennifer Chen, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, in Stanford, Calif. Typically, an allergic reaction to this metal occurs in an area of skin that comes into contact with an item such as a necklace, belt buckle, zipper, eyeglass frames or cellphone. But nickel in foods can cause an allergic reaction that is more widespread on the body. Foods high in nickel include nuts, seeds, chocolate, wheat and rye, Chen said. "Although allergic reactions to dietary nickel are not as common as nickel allergies overall, ... Read more

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