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Health Tip: Caring for Your Epi-Pen

Posted 5 days ago by

-- An epi-pen may be a lifesaving injection for a person with severe allergies. But the device must be cared for and stored properly. Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) suggests how to care for your epi-pen: Store it away from direct light. Store it at room temperature. Do not refrigerate it or allow it to freeze. Do not store it in a car, since temperatures can fluctuate drastically. ...

Many With Severe Allergies Don't Carry an EpiPen: Study

Posted 21 Jun 2018 by

THURSDAY, June 21, 2018 – Issues with cost or lack of training mean that more than half of U.S. adults at risk of a severe allergic reaction didn't use a lifesaving EpiPen or other epinephrine auto-injector during a recent attack. That's the finding from a new study of more than 900 adults with potentially life-threatening allergies. The researchers said 52 percent didn't use their prescribed ...

Health Tip: Create a Food Allergy Plan

Posted 20 Jun 2018 by

-- If you've been diagnosed with a food allergy, it is important to develop a food allergy plan so you and others know what to do in an emergency. Milder symptoms of food allergy include itching, sneezing, hives or rashes. More severe symptoms, such as trouble breathing or swallowing, may indicate a life-threatening emergency, the Food Allergy Research and Education website says. Here are the ...

Allergies More Common in Kids With Autism

Posted 8 Jun 2018 by

FRIDAY, June 8, 2018 – Children with autism are more likely to also have a food, respiratory or skin allergy, new research suggests. What's not clear from the new study, however, is whether there's a common cause behind these conditions. "More research is needed to determine whether there is a causal relation between allergies and autism, or something else causes both conditions," said senior ...

Be Smart When It Comes to Spring Allergies and Asthma

Posted 25 May 2018 by

FRIDAY, May 25, 2018 – Lots of things grow in the spring, including your risk of severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks. So people need to take preventive measures and know when to seek medical care, an emergency physician says. "Spring tends to bring more people to the emergency department," Dr. Paul Kivela, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, said in a college news ...

Health Tip: Manage a Latex Allergy

Posted 17 May 2018 by

-- Latex may be found in products such as balloons, dishwashing gloves, waistbands, rubber toys, pacifiers, rubber bands and tape. If you have a latex allergy, exposure can cause a reaction ranging from sneezing, coughing, a rash and chest tightness to anaphylactic shock. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to manage a latex allergy: Avoid direct contact with latex. If you ...

Affected by the EpiPen Shortage? Here's What to Do

Posted 9 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 9, 2018 – Production issues have made EpiPens hard to find in some areas of the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday. The devices give a shot of epinephrine to people who are hit by severe allergic reactions. "Epinephrine is lifesaving, tightening the vessels to increase blood pressure, and opening constricted airways," explained Dr. Robert ...

Health Tip: Report a Problem With Pet Medication

Posted 7 May 2018 by

-- If your pet's medication comes with a broken seal or a leaking bottle, you should report these and similar issues to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at once, the agency asks. Here's how the FDA says you can file a report: Call the drug company directly if you are reporting a bad reaction or product defect. Drug companies are required to report all instances of these problems to the FDA. ...

The Other Opioid Crisis: Shortages at U.S. Hospitals

Posted 2 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 – U.S. hospitals are running short of the injectable opioids and anesthesia drugs that most surgery patients need during and after their procedures, a new survey shows. More than 98 percent of anesthesiologists responding to the survey said they regularly experience shortages of these drugs. And recent efforts by the federal government to curb the opioid crisis – by ...

Even Living Near a Farm Might Help Prevent Allergies

Posted 1 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 1, 2018 – While allergists have long known that farm life helps prevent allergies in kids, new research shows the benefit might even extend to adults who live near a farm. The findings "are indicative of potentially beneficial health effects of living in close proximity to farms," said a team led by Dr. Lidwien Smit, of Utrecht University in the Netherlands. One U.S. expert said the ...

Health Tip: Protect Yourself Against Color Additives

Posted 23 Apr 2018 by

-- Cosmetics and personal care products may contain color additives that could harm your health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. While personal care products manufactured in the United States are regulated by the FDA, imported products may contain unregulated dyes, the agency says. The FDA advises: Approval of a color additive for one use does not mean approval for other uses. For ...

Got Asthma? Avoid Allergens

Posted 22 Apr 2018 by

SATURDAY, April 21, 2018 – If you have asthma, it may help to reduce your exposure to allergens. Previous research has shown that roughly two-thirds of all people with asthma also have an allergy, allergy experts say. "What many people don't realize is that the same things that trigger your seasonal hay fever symptoms – things like pollen, dust mites, mold and pet dander – can also cause ...

Health Tip: Understanding Allergy Blood Testing

Posted 17 Apr 2018 by

-- Allergy testing may be recommended for people who suspect they react to allergens such as animal dander, food, dust or pollen. When you have an allergy, your immune system treats this type of harmless substance as a threat. To fight this perceived threat, your immune system makes antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE), the U.S. National Library of Medicine says. Measuring the levels of IgE ...

Spring Sneezin' Season Has Sprung

Posted 13 Apr 2018 by

THURSDAY, April 12, 2018 – If you suffer from allergies, you already know that pollen is in the air – even in the parts of the United States with unseasonably cool temperatures. So what kind of allergy season can we expect this year? Will we see a return of the pollen vortex? Might we have a blooming bombogenesis of pollen? Don't scoff: There is some evidence that climate change and ...

Heath Tip; How to Introduce Your Child to Peanuts

Posted 11 Apr 2018 by

-- Peanuts, as with any food that's at high risk of triggering a dangerous allergy – should be introduced slowly and methodically to rule out a possible reaction. Mild symptoms of an allergy include coughing, sneezing, rash or hives. More serious warning signs include lip swelling, vomiting, widespread hives, face or tongue swelling, difficulty breathing, wheezing or a change in skin color, the ...

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