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Allergic to Peanuts? Tree Nuts Might Still Be Safe

Posted 19 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 27, 2017 – Having an allergy to one type of nut may not necessarily doom you to a lifelong avoidance of all nuts, a new study suggests. In fact, more than half of the people who were allergic to one type of tree nut did not have a reaction to other tree nuts, the researchers reported. Tree nuts include almonds, Brazil nuts, pistachios, cashews, walnuts and hazelnuts. Interestingly, the scientists also discovered that almost none of those with peanut allergies were allergic to tree nuts. Peanuts are actually legumes, and not nuts. Even if you have a positive skin or blood prick test to a tree nut, you aren't automatically allergic, especially if you've never actually eaten that tree nut, the researchers explained. Instead, allergy sufferers should take what is called an oral food challenge, the researchers said. In such a challenge, they eat increasingly larger amounts of ... Read more

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Shorter Winter, Longer Spring?

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 20, 2017 – Spring is officially here, and the world around you is transitioning from winter to warmer weather. But, scientists say this transition appears to be lengthening. And, this could have significant environmental and economic consequences. "Historically, the transition into spring is comparatively shorter than other seasons," said Alexandra Contosta, a research assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire's Earth Systems Research Center. "You have snow melting and lots of water moving through aquatic systems, nutrients flushing through that water, soils warming up, and buds breaking on trees," she said in a university news release. "Something striking happens after a very cold winter or when there's been a lot of snow. Things seem to wake up all together, which is why spring seems to happen so quickly and can feel so dramatic," Contosta explained. But, ... Read more

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Welcome Spring and Still Survive Your Allergies

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, March 19, 2017 – If you have seasonal allergies, the arrival of spring on Monday is probably less about warmth and flowers and more about itchy eyes and congestion. But there are ways to ease allergy misery and keep asthma symptoms in check, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). "People think they're doing everything they can to battle spring allergies," said AAAAI President Dr. Stephen Tilles, a Washington-based allergist. "But many still find themselves under siege from pollen and other allergens that appear once the weather starts to warm up. What they don't realize is that by following a few simple rules they can make life a lot more pleasant, and their allergies more bearable," he said in a news release from the group Here, he offers some tips: Do some spring cleaning. Dust and cobwebs can accumulate over the winter. Mold can also ... Read more

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Early Allergies -- Payback for a Mild Winter?

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – The mild winter in many parts of the United States looks like it could mean an early and severe allergy season, a physician says. "For weeks, I've had patients arrive in my office with complaints of allergy symptoms," said Dr. Jennifer Caudle, a family physician with Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, in Stratford, N.J. During spring, tree pollen and mold are the primary allergens. With the mild winter, mold spores in the environment could continue to grow and spread rather than go dormant, Caudle said. Also, trees are starting to bloom in many parts of the United States, in some cases weeks before they normally do, she added. "The good news is that only a relatively small number of tree species produce pollen that can cause an allergic reaction," she said in a university news release. "The bad news is that trees are prolific pollinators and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Create an Emergency Plan for Deadly Allergy Reaction

Posted 20 days ago by Drugs.com

-- An anaphylaxis emergency plan is key to protecting your child against a deadly allergic reaction – especially at school when you're not around. Here's what the plan should include, courtesy of the American Academy of Pediatrics: A simple explanation of symptoms that indicate a serious allergic reaction. Guidance on when to use epinephrine. Used properly and when appropriate, it can save a life. Customize the plan to your child's allergies, as well to the school and local laws that could apply. The plan should be easy to understand for anyone who cares for your child. Keep copies of the plan at your child's school, daycare and after-school care facility. Read more

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Banishing Asthma-Inducing Mice Allergens on the Cheap

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 – Professional pest management may not be needed to control asthma in kids with a mouse allergy, researchers say. Mice are a common cause of asthma flare-ups in low-income urban neighborhoods, according to prior research. In this new study, scientists found that teaching families how to reduce mice allergens on their own can help control children's asthma symptoms about as well as paying an outside expert to do the job. "Our findings suggest that giving families good instructions about how to reduce the mouse allergens that trigger asthma in their children may be enough to get the job done and, consequently, improve asthma symptoms," said study lead author Dr. Elizabeth Matsui. She's a professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. About 7 million children in the United States have asthma – a chronic lung disease that ... Read more

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Secondhand Smoke Linked to Food Allergies in Kids

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – Exposure to secondhand smoke in the first few weeks of life could boost the risk that kids will develop food allergies, a new study suggests. "Early life exposure to secondhand smoke is a well-established risk factor for asthma and, in some studies, for allergic sensitization and eczema in children," said study co-author Anna Bergstrom. She is from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. "However, no studies have prospectively looked at its impact on the risk of pediatric food-related symptoms," Bergstrom said in a news release from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). In the new study, researchers followed the health of almost 3,800 Swedish children between 1994 and 1996. Researchers followed the kids' health until they were 16. The researchers periodically surveyed the parents about whether or not kids showed any signs of food allergies. ... Read more

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Itching for a Solution to That Rash?

Posted 5 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – Maybe it's a new soap or the dry, cold weather that has turned your hands red and itchy. "There are many reasons for hand rashes," said Dr. Melissa Piliang, a board-certified dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. And the source of the problem isn't always obvious, she and other skin doctors say. An allergy to a new soap or something else you've touched can bring on a hand rash, but it could also reflect something going on inside your body, Piliang said in a news release from the American Academy of Dermatology. "The most common cause is eczema," Piliang said. Eczema is the term for different conditions that cause skin inflammation and irritation. "But some hand rashes may have an allergic cause. Sometimes, an allergy can develop after years of touching the same things daily without a problem, like your wedding ring, skin care products or foods such as ... Read more

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Don't Believe Everything You Read on Skin-Care Product Labels

Posted 3 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 3, 2017 – Some terms on skin-care product labels may mislead consumers, so people can't always rely on what they read on the package, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. "The language on the label is not always an accurate description of the product inside the bottle or its potential effects on your skin," Dr. Rajani Katta said in an academy news release. Katta is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "Manufacturers may use certain language for marketing purposes, and the same terms may mean different things on different products – and that makes it difficult to determine what they mean for our skin," Katta explained. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate descriptions on skin-care product labels. That means terms such as "for sensitive skin" or "hypoallergenic" are no guarantee that a product ... Read more

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FDA Approves Odactra for House Dust Mite Allergies

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

March 1, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Odactra, the first allergen extract to be administered under the tongue (sublingually) to treat house dust mite (HDM)-induced nasal inflammation (allergic rhinitis), with or without eye inflammation (conjunctivitis), in people 18 through 65 years of age. “House dust mite allergic disease can negatively impact a person’s quality of life,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “The approval of Odactra provides patients an alternative treatment to allergy shots to help address their symptoms.” House dust mite allergies are a reaction to tiny bugs that are commonly found in house dust. Dust mites, close relatives of ticks and spiders, are too small to be seen without a microscope. They are found in bedding, upholstered furniture and carpeting. Individuals with h ... Read more

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Health Tip: Dust Your Home Properly

Posted 1 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Dust can be more than a nuisance. People who are allergic to dust can have trouble breathing if too much of it gathers in one place. The Environmental Working Group recommends: Vacuum your home often. Make sure your vacuum is equipped with a HEPA filter. Regularly wet-mop floors that aren't carpeted. Use a damp cloth to wipe down electronics. Use a wet cloth (no cleaning products) or microfiber cloth to wipe down furniture. Buy furniture made of wood, or filled with wool, polyester or cotton. Use caulk to seal cracks where dust might settle. Use care dusting areas where kids crawl, sit and play. Use a quality air filter in your furnace or air conditioner. Change it often. Ask someone else to clean for you if you are allergic to dust. Read more

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How the Neanderthal in Your Genes Affects Your Health

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – Neanderthals were wiped out about 40,000 years ago, but some of their genes live on in modern humans. And scientists are learning more about what that might mean for our health. Researchers have known for some time that many people carry bits of Neanderthal DNA. In fact, if you're of European or Asian ancestry, your genes are likely between 1 and 2 percent Neanderthal, said Rajiv McCoy, the first author of the new study. And while most people have heard of Neanderthals, they often have mistaken beliefs about them, noted McCoy, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington in Seattle. "A lot of people think Neanderthals were an ancestor of modern humans," he said. In reality, they walked the Earth at the same time as our modern human ancestors – and roughly 50,000 years ago, started mating with them, historians say. That happened after modern ... Read more

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Health Tip: Could Allergy Shots Help You?

Posted 21 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If you have allergies, regular shots (immunotherapy) are designed to make you less sensitive to allergens over time. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says you may be a candidate for allergy shots if: Your symptoms are moderate-to-severe and your allergy season lasts a few months or more. You want to avoid long-term use of allergy medications. You can commit the time needed for getting regular allergy shots. You can afford the cost of allergy shots and related medical visits. Read more

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There's Fun and Fitness in the Pool for Asthmatic Kids

Posted 20 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 20, 2017 – Safe, healthy fun for kids with asthma may be as near as the neighborhood pool, one respiratory specialist says. Staying active can be a challenge for the more than 6 million children with asthma in the United States, noted Dr. Tod Olin. He's a pediatric pulmonary specialist at National Jewish Health in Denver. "It can be a dilemma for many families. All it takes is one asthma attack, and suddenly patients can become very tentative about overdoing it," he said in a hospital news release. "When it comes to cardio activities that are well-tolerated, swimming, specifically, is highly recommended, particularly in indoor swimming pools," Olin said. The high humidity in indoor swimming pools protects against asthma attacks by keeping airways open, he said. "We think that the way asthma attacks happen is that the airways dry out, and that sets off a cascade of ... Read more

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How to Control Mold, Avoid Allergies

Posted 19 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 17, 2017 – Mold can grow almost anywhere. But limiting moisture can help prevent it from developing indoors and causing health problems, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If mold develops it must be removed, because it can cause allergic reactions, asthma and other breathing problems. Use water and detergent to remove mold from surfaces and dry affected areas completely afterwards. If mold develops on absorbent materials, such as ceiling tiles, they may need to be replaced. To prevent mold from returning, it's important to get rid of the water or leak that's causing it to grow. Indoor humidity or moisture must be reduced to no more than 60 percent. To do this, the EPA offers these tips: Provide ventilation to the outside for clothes dryers, bathrooms and other areas that produce moisture. Use air conditioners and de-humidifiers. Use exhaust fans while ... Read more

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