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Dining Out With Allergies Is Tough, But These Steps Can Help

Posted 16 Nov 2018 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 16, 2018 – When you have serious food allergies, eating at a restaurant can literally mean risking your life. But new research suggests you can take steps to protect yourself when dining out. In fact, the more steps you take to protect yourself from exposure to the allergic substance, the less likely you are to have an allergic reaction, the study found. The researchers asked 39 ...

Climate Change Could Change the Ragweed Sneezin' Season

Posted 15 Nov 2018 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 – If you live in Maine and you've never experienced hay fever, new research predicts that climate change has an unwelcome surprise in store for you. Warmer temperatures in the northern United States will allow ragweed – the plant that triggers hay fever – to flourish in areas it's never been before. About 35 years from now, the study predicts, ragweed will be found in ...

Health Tip: Treat Your Child's Allergies

Posted 4 Oct 2018 by

-- If your child has seasonal allergies, you may be overwhelmed by the process of deciding on a treatment plan. The American Academy of Pediatrics says you should start with your child's pediatrician. The doctor may refer you to a pediatric allergy specialist, or suggest a treatment plan during an office visit. The academy offers these additional suggestions: Get your child tested so you know ...

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 ...

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 ...

Many Pick the Wrong Drugs for Sneezin' Season

Posted 31 Mar 2018 by

FRIDAY, March 30, 2018 – Hay fever sufferers often choose the wrong medication for their seasonal sniffles, new research suggests. With flowers, trees and grasses springing back to life, folks with allergies will start to complain of sneezing, runny noses, and watery, itchy eyes. More often than not, though, they'll head to the allergy aisle of their nearest drug store without advice from a ...

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 ...

Sniffing Out the Best Allergy Treatment

Posted 28 Nov 2017 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 – Seasonal allergies make life miserable for millions of Americans. So, in a bid to ease some of that discomfort, experts from two leading groups of allergists created a task force that has just issued new practice guidelines on the best ways to quell those bothersome symptoms. The consensus? For most people, nasal steroid sprays are the way to go, according to the ...

Working With Your School Nurse

Posted 3 Nov 2017 by

FRIDAY, Nov. 3, 2017 – Nearly 18 percent of kids have a chronic health condition, such as asthma or allergies. If your child is one of them, working successfully with your school's nurse will help keep him or her safe. Because a good chunk of a child's day is spent in school, it's important to communicate clearly and regularly with this key member of the administration. Start every school year ...

Can Man's Best Friend Chase Away Eczema, Asthma?

Posted 27 Oct 2017 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 – Parents of children struggling with eczema or asthma might think that having a dog would only make it harder to control their child's condition. But two new studies suggest man's furry best friend might actually provide some protection against allergic diseases. The first study contends that having a dog in the house before you're even born may help keep eczema at bay at ...

Many Food Allergies May Develop in Adulthood

Posted 27 Oct 2017 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 – Is the roof of your mouth itchy after a peanut butter sandwich? Does your skin break out in hives after you've cracked your way through a lobster dinner? It's possible you're one of the many adults who developed a food allergy as an adult, a new study says. Researchers surveyed adults with food allergies and found that nearly half said that one or more of their allergies ...

Health Tip: Recognize Symptoms of Latex Allergy

Posted 20 Oct 2017 by

-- An allergy to latex is quite common. So much so that your doctor or dentist may ask you if you have one before you have any type of examination. The American Dental Association identifies these possible symptoms of a latex allergy: Skin reactions, such as itching, redness, rash or hives. Itchy nose, throat or eyes. Runny nose, sneezing, coughing or wheezing.

Allergy Relief Do's and Don'ts

Posted 5 Oct 2017 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 – As the seasons change, more and more people are sneezing because of allergies. And the numbers are rising, with those in urban areas particularly affected, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Symptoms in the fall are most likely caused by ragweed. Summer sneezes? Blame grass and weed pollens. Symptoms in the spring? You're probably ...

Could Pests, Dust Lower Kids' Odds for Asthma?

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – Early exposure to pest and pet allergens – cockroaches and mice droppings included – may actually guard children against asthma, a new study of inner-city kids suggests. "This confirms a similar finding last year that June Cleaver was, in fact, wrong," said Dr. Kelvin MacDonald, a pediatric lung specialist at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Oregon who reviewed the ...

The Best Way to Diagnose a Food Allergy

Posted 8 Sep 2017 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 – Diagnosing a food allergy isn't always simple, but the best way to do it is through an oral food challenge, according to a new study. "It's important to have an accurate diagnosis of food allergy so an allergist can make a clear recommendation as to what foods you need to keep out of your diet," said study senior author and allergist Dr. Carla Davis. "And if no allergy ...

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