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Heat Beats Cold for Treating Jellyfish Stings

Posted 29 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 – If you're unlucky enough to suffer a jellyfish sting, new research says that heat is better than cold for easing the pain. The team at the University of Hawaii at Manoa noted that jellyfish stings are a growing health problem worldwide. But, there has been disagreement over how best to treat and manage the painful stings. "People think ice will help because jelly stings burn and ice is cold," study author Christie Wilcox, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Hawaii's School of Medicine, said in a university news release. "And if you Google it, many sites – even those considered reputable – will tell you to put ice on a sting to dull the pain. But research to date has shown that all marine venoms are highly heat sensitive, thus hot water or hot packs should be more effective than cold packs or ice," she explained. In an attempt to resolve the ongoing ... Read more

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Health Tip: Enjoy a Healthier Plane Ride

Posted 28 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Planning a plane trip? There are steps you can take for a better, healthier excursion. Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Family Physicians: Store medication to be taken during the trip in a carry-on bag. Pack extra meds in case of unexpected delays. Talk to your doctor about whether you'll need to adjust your meds during your trip. Keep an identification card with you at all times if you have epilepsy or diabetes. Also, bring a list of all medications and doses, and your doctor's contact information. Drink plenty of water before and during your flight to prevent dehydration. Read more

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Can Certain Allergy Meds Worsen Restless Legs Syndrome?

Posted 19 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 – Over-the-counter allergy medications may worsen symptoms of restless legs syndrome, a neurologist contends. People with the syndrome experience uncomfortable sensations and strong urges to move their legs, which can be painful and disrupt sleep, according to Dr. William Ondo. He is director of the Movement Disorders Clinic at Houston Methodist Hospital. Nearly 12 million people in the United States have restless legs syndrome, according to the American Sleep Association. "Patients with restless legs syndrome already have difficulty sleeping as their symptoms tend to worsen at night or with rest, but sedating antihistamines ... can intensify the symptoms," Ondo said in a hospital news release. Many people take sedating antihistamines to treat sneezing, runny nose and other symptoms of seasonal allergies. "We don't yet understand why sedating antihistamines ... Read more

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Spring Allergies? Don't Assume It's Only Pollen

Posted 15 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 – Spring allergy season is here, so if you know your triggers you can start reducing your symptoms, experts say. You may believe pollen is the culprit. But, other substances such as mold may be involved in your allergies as well, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. The college says more than two-thirds of people with spring allergies actually have symptoms all year long. Here are some of the experts' tips for keeping your sniffles and sneezes at bay during allergy season: Monitor pollen and mold counts. This information is often included in weather reports. Keep windows and doors shut at home and in your car during allergy season, and try to stay inside at midday and during the afternoon, when pollen counts are highest. When mowing the lawn or doing other outdoor chores, wear a N95 filter mask rated by the U.S. National Institute ... Read more

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Health Tip: Managing Food Allergy

Posted 6 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

-- A family member with a food allergy deserves serious attention to help protect against an allergic reaction. But does that mean you should ban the problem food? Consider these questions, courtesy of the Food Allergy Research and Education website: How have you handled accidental exposure and allergic reactions in the past? How tough would it be on all other family members if the food were not allowed at home? What ages are children living at home, and how many are there? Will banning the food affect the quality of life? How will you teach the allergic child to avoid the problem food outside the home if it's banned at home? Read more

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Blooming Trees Can Bring Misery to Allergy Sufferers

Posted 21 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, March 20, 2016 – Tree pollen season has arrived, but there are a number of ways allergy sufferers can prevent or control their symptoms, an expert says. Mid-February is when blooming trees begin to flower. By the time the blossoms have fallen in April, grass pollen season is well underway. This is followed by mid-summer and fall allergens, such as ragweed, according to Dr. Jeffrey Culp. He is an assistant professor of medicine and an allergist in the asthma, sinus and allergy program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, Tenn. Some allergens stick around all year long, such as pet dander, dust mites and mold, he added. Most people aren't allergic to everything, Culp said, and there are a number of ways people can deal with both indoor and outdoor allergens. The first is doing everything possible to avoid allergens, he suggested. "This can take different forms. ... Read more

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An Expert's Guide to Sneezin' Season

Posted 16 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 – This could be a bad spring allergy season and people with allergies need to be prepared, an expert warns. "With the crazy up and down weather, some parts of the country could see worse allergy-provoking conditions. There is likely to be a pollen superburst this season, so sufferers should get ready," Dr. Jordan Josephson, a sinus specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said in a hospital news release. "It promises to be a nasty spring," he added. It's crucial to deal with allergy symptoms immediately, according to Josephson. "Allergies left untreated can cause sinus swelling leading to chronic sinusitis. Allergies can also affect your digestive tract. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can be a direct response of the allergic response. So allergies can seriously affect your quality of life. Just ask any allergy or sinus sufferer," he said. ... Read more

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Allergy Shots Still Effective for Seniors

Posted 9 Feb 2016 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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