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Does Your Child Really Have a Food Allergy?

Posted 19 hours ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 – Many people misunderstand what food allergies are, and even doctors can be confused about how to best diagnose them, suggests a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. It's common for people to think they have a food allergy, but the reality may be different, said Dr. Scott Sicherer, the lead author of the AAP report. "If you ask someone on the street if they have a food allergy, there's a good chance they'll say 'yes,' " said Sicherer, who heads pediatric allergy and immunology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. But a true food allergy involves an immune system reaction against a particular food, he explained. Just because you think a food upsets you, that doesn't mean it's an allergy, Sicherer said. And it's critical to distinguish an allergy from other "adverse reactions" to food, he stressed. "Some people may have an intolerance, such as ... Read more

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Health Tip: Rid Your Bedroom of Allergens

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Sneezing and sniffling triggered by allergies can prevent a good night's sleep. The National Sleep Foundation suggests how to rid your bedroom of allergens: If you're allergic to pets, keep them out of the bedroom. Bathe pets weekly. Cover your mattress and pillows in dust mite covers, and wash sheets regularly in hot water. Opt for blankets made of synthetic materials, not wool. Limit mold by keeping windows open in the bathroom. Fix leaks and clean up water promptly. If you do have a moldy area, hire a professional to clean it. Skip candles, scented laundry detergent, air fresheners and other heavy fragrances in your bedroom. Clean furnace, air conditioner and vacuum filters regularly. Read more

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Protect Yourself Against Reactions To Insect Stings

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 29, 2017 – For most of us, an insect bite means an annoying itch and some minor discomfort. But more and more people are having serious – and even potentially deadly – reactions to bites and stings, researchers report. Up to 7 percent of the adult U.S. population now appears to be allergic to insect stings. Reactions can vary from a large, long-lasting swelling just at the site of the bite to a body-wide response that can even interfere with breathing. And once you have an allergic reaction, you stand a good chance of having another one, even 10 or 20 years later. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), the most serious allergic reactions come from yellow jackets, honeybees, paper wasps, hornets and fire ants. Experts suggest that if you've ever had an allergic reaction to a sting, schedule a visit with a board-certified allergist. ... 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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Climate Change May Up Asthma Irritant, Study Says

Posted 8 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 8, 2017 – Climate change may increase people's exposure to an outdoor fungus that can damage airway cells, leading to a rise in asthma and allergy symptoms, a new study contends. The widespread fungus, called Alternaria alternata, produces spores in the dry, warm weather of late summer and early fall, said the researchers from the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Previous research has shown that the fungus produces up to three times more spores when atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels are high. Rising CO2 emissions are thought to contribute to climate change. In some people, exposure to the spores can trigger allergy symptoms and asthma, the researchers explained. For this study, the research team exposed cells from the linings of human airways to Alternaria and found it produced more cell damage. They warned that climate change might ... 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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What's the Best Seasonal Allergy Med for Your Kid?

Posted 17 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 17, 2017 – Choosing an over-the-counter allergy medicine for a child sounds easy enough. But a new survey finds that the wide range of allergy medications, along with dosing and labeling differences, can make it a challenge to select the right medicine for kids. "Parents often face an overwhelming selection of allergy medicine without clear guidelines on how to choose the right one for their child," said pediatrician Dr. Gary Freed. Freed is co-director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan. "If parents are unsure how to navigate allergy medication choices, they should always check with their child's health-care provider," Freed said in a university news release. Freed's group surveyed more than 1,000 parents of children aged 6 to 12 across the United States. More than half of the parents had given allergy ... Read more

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Don't Let Bugs Dampen Your Outdoor Fun

Posted 17 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 15, 2017 – If you've spent any time outdoors recently, you may have found yourself swatting away a fly or mosquito – and that means it's time to bone up on bug avoidance. "Although most bug bites are harmless, some can spread dangerous diseases like Zika virus, dengue, Lyme disease and malaria," said Dr. Lindsay Strowd, an assistant professor of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. "Particularly if you're visiting areas with known insect-borne diseases, it's important to take steps to reduce your risk," Strowd said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. Here are Strowd's tips to avoid unwanted bites. Your best defense against insect bites is to cover yourself – with bug spray and clothes. Apply insect repellent with 20 to 30 percent DEET. If you're also wearing sunscreen, apply your sunscreen first, let it dry, and ... Read more

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Say Goodbye to Allergy Misery in Spring

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, April 1, 2017 – Spring can rain misery on allergy sufferers, but there are a number of ways to ease your agony, a physician expert says. "Allergies affect millions in the U.S., and while there is no way to avoid irritants like pollen entirely, there are simple solutions to mitigate allergic reactions," said Dr. Joseph Cooke. Cooke is chair of the department of medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Queens. In the springtime, trees and plants release pollen into the air to fertilize other plants. This pollen can enter your nasal passages and trigger an immune response, he explained. "As winter evolves into spring, sometimes it just makes sense to stay indoors," Cooke said in a hospital news release. "Allergy sufferers should pay attention to the pollen index, use vacuums designed to better pick up common irritants, and close their windows when the pollen count is high," ... 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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Allergic to Peanuts? Tree Nuts Might Still Be Safe

Posted 27 Mar 2017 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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Welcome Spring and Still Survive Your Allergies

Posted 19 Mar 2017 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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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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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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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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