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Quitting Smoking Can Bring Healthier Sinuses Years Later: Study

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 – Smoking can wreak havoc on your sinuses, but new research shows symptoms reverse within 10 years after quitting the bad habit. Researchers believe the findings may provide new motivation for smokers to stop smoking. "If patients tell me that they are smoking, I now have direct evidence to say that the same symptoms that are making them miserable are exacerbated further by smoking," said senior study author Dr. Ahmad Sedaghat, a sinus surgeon at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. "On the other hand, we can also be optimistic, because we have evidence to suggest that if you quit smoking, things will get better – on the order of 10 years," he added in a hospital news release. Sedaghat is also an assistant professor of otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) leads to facial pain, poor sleep and trouble breathing due to blocked ... Read more

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Climate Change Delivers 'Double Whammy' to 4 in 10 Americans

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 – Four in 10 Americans live in areas where they face a climate change-linked "double whammy" of smog and high ragweed pollen levels. That's the conclusion of a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Washington, D.C., was the worst of these "hot spots," the findings showed. People in areas with high levels of ozone smog and ragweed pollen are at increased risk for respiratory allergies and asthma. This can lead to more sick days, increased medical costs, and a higher number of heart problems and premature deaths each year, the report authors noted in an NRDC news release. "It's alarming: Today, 127 million Americans live where ragweed and ozone can threaten their next breath. And climate change can make matters worse," said project leader Kim Knowlton, a senior scientist at the NRDC. "This double-whammy health threat will just get worse if ... Read more

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A Sufferer's Guide to Easin' Sneezin' Season

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – When seasonal allergies strike, what remedy is right for you? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has some answers. An allergy is your body's reaction to a substance it considers an invader. The body reacts to that invader by releasing chemicals called histamines, which cause the sneezing, wheezing and itchy, watery eyes that make life miserable, the FDA explains. Antihistamines are available in many forms, including tablets and liquids. Many oral antihistamines are available over-the-counter (OTC) and some are available by prescription and in generic form, according to the FDA. When choosing an OTC antihistamine, always follow label instructions, said Dr. Jenny Kelty, a pediatric pulmonologist at the FDA. Some can cause drowsiness and interfere with your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery. Others do not have this side effect, she noted in an FDA ... Read more

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Shifting Weather Can Unleash Pollen 'Superburst'

Posted 2 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 2, 2017 – The changeable weather that many areas of the United States experiences may lead to a pollen "superburst" – and for allergy sufferers that may mean misery, a sinus specialist cautions. "It promises to be a nasty spring," Dr. Jordan Josephson, from Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said in a hospital news release. Usually, pollens come in waves. First, trees, then weeds, then grasses. But this year, they may all hit around the same time, he said. About 60 million Americans suffer from pollen allergies. Symptoms can include nasal stuffiness and discharge, headaches, cough, sore throat, swollen glands, hoarseness, bad breath, mouth breathing, chapped lips, decreased sense of smell or taste, facial and dental pain, general fatigue, ear pressure, hearing loss and dizziness. It's important to deal with allergy symptoms immediately, Josephson said. "Allergies left ... Read more

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Nearly 4 Percent of Americans Suffer From Food Allergies

Posted 31 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 – Millions of Americans have had to swear off shellfish, eggs, peanuts or soy to avoid allergic reactions that can range from stomach cramps to life-threatening swelling of the airways, new research shows. Approximately 4 percent of Americans have a food allergy, with women and Asians the most affected, the study found. "Recent reports suggest that food allergies are on the rise, with more food allergy-related hospitalizations in the U.S. over the last decade," said lead researcher Dr. Li Zhou. She's with the division of general medicine and primary care at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Food allergies cost the United States an estimated $25 billion annually, Zhou said. For the study, Zhou and her colleagues reviewed nearly 3 million medical records identifying more than 97,000 patients who suffered from one or more food allergies or an intolerance to a ... Read more

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Ready for Spring Allergies?

Posted 30 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 – Spring routinely spells misery for allergy sufferers, but a recent survey reveals that most patients don't try to manage their symptoms until it's too late. The survey asked more than 1,000 adults with seasonal allergies and more than 500 parents of children with seasonal allergies how they prepared for the high pollen counts that come with warmer weather. The survey found that three out of four only thought about managing symptoms once they were experiencing those symptoms or when allergy season had already started. Also, more than half did not know what prescriptions were available to ease their allergy symptoms, while roughly a third did not know their allergy triggers or how to ease symptoms. And less than half of adults surveyed visited a doctor for advice or got a prescription for an allergy treatment before allergy season began. The survey was ... Read more

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FDA Approves New Treatment for Dust Mite Allergies

Posted 2 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 2, 2017 – A new treatment for dust mite allergies has won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Odactra is a year-round, once-a-day tablet that's dissolved under the tongue. It's approved for use in people aged 18 to 65. "House dust mite allergic disease can negatively impact a person's quality of life," said Dr. Peter Marks, 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," he added in an agency news release. House dust mites are tiny bugs found in such places as bedding, upholstered furniture and carpets. Symptoms of dust mite allergies include a cough, sneezing, runny nose and congestion, as well as itchy and watery eyes. Odactra exposes patients to dust mite allergens in order to retrain the immune system, and reduce ... Read more

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Think You're Allergic to Penicillin? Check Again

Posted 6 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 6, 2017 – Many people who think they're allergic to penicillin don't really have an allergy to this antibiotic, a pediatric expert says. And anyone who thinks they have had an allergic reaction to penicillin should undergo an allergy test to ensure they really need to avoid these important drugs, Dr. Min Lee advised. She is a pediatric allergist at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. "Penicillins are some of the safest and cheapest antibiotics available, and people who are reported to be allergic often get antibiotics that are costlier and potentially more toxic," Lee said in a news release from the medical center. According to UT Southwestern researchers, 90 percent of people who have a penicillin allergy listed in their medical records didn't actually have a reaction when exposed to the medication during an allergy test. Doctors can test for a penicillin allergy in ... Read more

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Farm Kids Get Fewer Allergies, International Study Finds

Posted 27 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 27, 2016 – Growing up on a farm may help ward off allergies later in life, a new study suggests. The study also found that women who spend their early years on a farm typically have stronger lungs than their suburban or city-dwelling peers. Other research has suggested that exposure to germs and potential allergens in early childhood could protect people against allergies later. A team led by the University of Melbourne's Shyamali Dharmage put this "hygiene hypothesis" to the test. Dharmage is a professor in the Center for Epidemiology & Biostatistics. The team analyzed data from a survey of more than 10,000 adults in 14 countries in Europe, Scandinavia and Australia. Nearly 64 percent said they spent their first five years of life in a rural village, small town or city suburb. About 27 percent lived in the city and about 9 percent grew up on a farm. Kids who spent their ... Read more

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Early Introduction of Eggs, Peanuts May Cut Kids' Allergy Risk: Study

Posted 20 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 – Introducing babies to eggs or peanuts early on may help reduce their risk of food allergies, a new analysis finds. Researchers reviewed 146 previous studies that examined when babies were given foods that often trigger reactions, as well as their risk of food allergies or autoimmune diseases. They discovered that the timing of food introduction may affect allergy risk, but they found no similar link for autoimmune disease. The researchers reported with "moderate certainty" that babies who were given eggs when they were 4 months to 6 months old had a lower egg allergy risk. And children given peanuts between 4 months and 11 months of age had a lower peanut allergy risk than those who were older. The study, published Sept. 20 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, said early introduction could head off 24 cases of egg allergy per 1,000 people and 18 ... Read more

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Health Tip: Don't Be Surprised by Fall Allergies

Posted 5 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

-- As the weather cools down and the tree leaves turn for fall, don't let allergy season catch you off guard. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says that: Hay fever isn't an allergy to hay, and it's actually called allergic rhinitis. It's the term that's sometimes used to describe allergies that happen in late summer, often from ragweed pollen. Ragweed pollen is usually high from mid-August until the first hard freeze, but it varies based on where you live. Unusually warm temperatures through fall can worsen allergy symptoms. Get ahead of symptoms by taking allergy medications when the season starts and before symptoms plague you. Try not to rake leaves if you have allergies. If you must, wear a mask to limit breathing in the allergens they stir up. Remember to protect kids from allergens in school, such as chalk dust, classroom pets and food allergies. Read more

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Easing Your Child's Allergies

Posted 16 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 – Up to 40 percent of children in the United States have nasal allergies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. These kids likely have persistent sneezing, along with a stuffy or runny nose. These symptoms – known as allergic rhinitis – are more likely to develop if one or both parents have allergies, the agency noted. Nasal allergies can be caused by outdoor allergens such as plant pollens (seasonal allergies) or indoor allergens such as mold, dust mites and pet dander. If your child has seasonal allergies, pay attention to pollen counts and try to keep him or her inside when pollen levels are high, the FDA suggests. In the spring and summer, during the grass pollen season, pollen levels are highest in the evening. In the late summer and early fall, during ragweed pollen season, pollen levels are highest in the morning. Some molds may also be seasonal. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Spot Signs of Summer Allergies

Posted 6 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Think you've had a summer cold? Summer allergies might actually be to blame. Here are some warning signs of allergy, courtesy of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Dark circles below the eyes. Swollen adenoids that cause the face to look tired and droopy. A nasal crease, which is a line that forms on the bridge of the nose. Breathing through the mouth due to nasal congestion. Read more

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Health Tip: If Your Child Is Allergic to Dust

Posted 4 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If your child has a dust allergy, keeping the sniffles away can be a real challenge. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions: Choose a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, and wait to vacuum until your child is out of the home. Use a damp mop on non-carpeted floors at least once weekly. Wipe down surfaces (don't forget window sills and blinds) with a damp cloth. Keep doors and windows closed, and run the air conditioner (with a clean filter). Keep humidity levels relatively low to minimize dust mite infestation. Read more

Related support groups: Allergic Reactions, Allergies, Allergic Rhinitis, Hay Fever, Nasal Polyps

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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