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New Moms Still Wary of Exposing Infants to Peanuts

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FRIDAY, March 23, 2018 – Though doctors recommend an early introduction to peanuts, many new moms prefer to delay giving them to their babies, researchers report. Allergy experts now say that infants should be exposed to the allergen by the time they are 4 to 6 months old. "Food allergies are scary, so it's understandable that parents would hesitate to introduce a food they might see as ...

School Nurses at Ground Zero for Food Allergies

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TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 – Food allergies are common among American kids, with nearly one-third of U.S. school nurses reporting at least one severe reaction to food among their students in the last school year, a new survey finds. But the survey, of more than 200 school nurses nationwide, also uncovered some good news. Ninety-six percent of the nurses said school staffers had been trained on how ...

Now's the Time to Tackle Springtime Allergies

Posted 6 days ago by

SATURDAY, March 17, 2018 – With spring allergy season just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about how to deal with your symptoms, experts say. "Bottom line, very few people suffer from the same allergies or symptoms," Dr. Bradley Chipps, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), said in a news release from the organization. "You have to create a ...

Health Tip: Handling Workplace Emergencies

Posted 2 Mar 2018 by

-- Your workplace may expose you to tobacco smoke, allergens, germs, chemicals and other airborne contaminants. Warning signs for you and your co-workers could include a rapid onset of headaches, nausea, dizziness, drowsiness or breathing difficulties. If you think there is a health emergency at your job, it's important to take quick action, the American Lung Association says. It offers these ...

Health Tip: Recognize a Bad Reaction to Acne Medication

Posted 26 Feb 2018 by

-- Using certain acne products that contain the active ingredients benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can cause rare but serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. The ingredients also may cause additional side effects, including burning, dryness, itching, peeling, redness, and slight swelling where the product is applied, the agency ...

Summer Camp Tips for Kids With Asthma, Allergies

Posted 25 Feb 2018 by

SATURDAY, Feb. 24, 2018 – Your children may already be looking forward to summer camp. But when it comes to kids with asthma or allergies, parents need to take extra steps in planning their outdoor experience. "Kids with allergies and asthma need an extra layer of preparation to ensure they stay healthy and enjoy their adventure," said Dr. Bradley Chipps, president of the American College of ...

Asthma Doesn't Have to Ruin Your Valentine's Day

Posted 14 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – Asthma and allergies can put on damper on your Valentine's Day romancing, an expert warns. "Keeping everyone free of allergy and asthma flare-ups helps keep the focus on romance this Valentine's Day. Red or itchy eyes, runny noses, coughs and fatigue can ruin your celebration," Dr. Bradley Chipps, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology ...

Food Allergies: To Test or Not to Test

Posted 14 Feb 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – About 5 percent of American children and 4 percent of adults have a food allergy, but many more are getting unnecessary testing. Specific blood and skin prick tests can help detect food allergies. But the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases recommends them only for people who've had immediate allergic reactions, have a certain type of ...

Think Extermination Ends Your Bedbug Woes? Think Again

Posted 12 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – Long after you rid your home of unwelcome bedbugs, chemicals they leave behind in their droppings may continue to haunt you, a new study shows. In people, the immune system releases histamines to protect the body. These chemicals help other immune system chemicals to repair damaged cells or fight off germs. But histamines that bedbugs shed can cause rashes and trigger ...

Who Really Needs to Go Gluten-Free

Posted 29 Jan 2018 by

MONDAY, Jan. 29, 2018 – It seems like "gluten-free" labels are popping up everywhere, including on foods that never had any gluten to begin with. Is this a health bandwagon you should jump on … or shy away from? Gluten is a protein found mostly in wheat, barley and rye. A gluten-free diet is a must for the 2 percent of the population diagnosed with celiac disease, to avoid serious intestinal i ...

Hold That Sneeze? Maybe Not

Posted 16 Jan 2018 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 – Holding your nose and closing your mouth when you feel a sneeze coming on just might lead to serious trouble. The journal BMJ Case Reports includes the story of a 34-year-old man who ruptured his throat after he pinched his nose and clamped his mouth shut in order to ward off a sneeze. He suffered significant pain and was barely able to speak or swallow. Spontaneous ...

How to Fight Dry, Itchy Eyes This Winter

Posted 26 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 – Add dry eyes to the health woes of winter. "On average, the humidity drops in the winter with the colder weather [and] most people turn on the heat in their homes or offices to combat the cold," said Dr. Marissa Locy, who's with the University of Alabama at Birmingham's department of ophthalmology. "What you end up having is lower humidity outside, and even lower ...

Keeping the Holidays Allergy and Asthma-Free

Posted 21 Dec 2017 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2017 – Allergies and asthma can be worse than the Grinch when it comes to ruining your holiday spirit. "People may not want to admit their allergies and asthma interfere with their holiday fun, but the truth is, symptoms can occur any time of the year," said Dr. Bradley Chipps, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "If you keep in mind some ...

Health Tip: Going Gluten-Free?

Posted 20 Dec 2017 by

-- If you've got celiac disease or have another reason to go gluten-free, there are lots of ways to avoid dietary wheat, rye and barley. The American Diabetes Association says healthier gluten-free options include: Amaranth. Arrowroot. Beans (kidney, black, soy, navy, pinto). Buckwheat. Corn. Flax. Gluten-free baked products (made from corn, rice, soy, nut, teff or potato flour). Kasha. Millet. ...

Flu Shot Safe Even With an Egg Allergy

Posted 19 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 19, 2017 – It's safe for people with an egg allergy to get a flu shot, says a leading U.S. allergists' group. Doctors no longer need to question patients about egg allergy before giving the vaccine, according to an updated guideline from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "When someone gets a flu shot, health care providers often ask if they are allergic to ...

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