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 […]
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CVS Cuts Price of Generic Competitor to EpiPen
A generic competitor to Mylan’s EpiPen is now available at CVS for about one-sixth the price. CVS will charge $109.99 for a two-pack of the generic version of Adrenaclick, a lesser-known treatment than EpiPen, which can cost more than $600, the Associated Press reported. The products are auto-injectors that contain the hormone epinephrine and provide emergency […]
New Study Suggests Introducing Peanut Mush to Infants!
An update to the 2010 guidelines has been made based on a review of 64 publications including LEAP (Learning About Peanut allergy) trial. There are 3 different risk levels and the higher the risk, the earlier peanuts need to be introduced. For those at the highest risk (severe eczema or egg allergy) peanut mush should be introduced at […]
Mylan’s Cheaper Generic EpiPen Hits the Market
Drugmaker Mylan is rolling out a generic version of its emergency allergy treatment EpiPen at half the price of the brand name option. The company’s been under fire this year for its astronomical pricing of an inexpensive drug and has attracted Congressional inquiries. The EpiPen is filled with epinephrine and when injected can counter the […]
How the Holidays Can Affect Your Allergies
Are the Holidays Making You Sneeze?? Allergens could be lurking around this holiday season. Common allergens can include scented candles, smoke from a fireplace, mold spores from fresh pine trees and also seasonal flowers like poinsettias. You might also sneeze a little more from getting those dusty holiday decorations from the attic or basement. If your allergies […]
Food Allergen Labels Can be Confusing!
Shoppers are often confused by food labels that warn of potential allergens, and the consequences can be serious, new research suggests. “Up to 40 percent of consumers who either themselves have a food allergy or a child with a food allergy are purchasing products with precautionary allergen labels,” said lead researcher Dr. Ruchi Gupta. She […]
A Clean Home Could Reduce Your Child’s Asthma Symptoms!
Reducing indoor allergens and pollutants can help control children’s asthma, reducing their need for medication, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Many things in the home contribute to asthma symptoms and attacks, said report co-author Dr. Elizabeth Matsui. Dust mites and mold top the list, along with furry pets, smoke, […]
Teal pumpkins to make Halloween safe for kids with food allergies!
Halloween can be extra scary for kids with food allergies. Chocolate is frightening if you’re allergic to milk, and a candy bar with nuts can be deadly. With eggs, soy and wheat also common allergies in kids, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. finding treats without tricks can be a challenge on […]
Research has Shown Antibiotics Before Age 2 May Be Linked to Allergies
Taking antibiotics at a very young age could increase the risk of certain allergies later in life, new research suggests. “Early life exposure to antibiotics is related to an increased risk of both eczema and hay fever later in life,” said Fariba Ahmadizar of Utrecht University in the Netherlands and colleagues. The researchers analyzed dozens […]
Steep Rise in EpiPen Prices is Cause for Concern Among Allergy Sufferers
A steep increase in the price of the EpiPen, a lifesaving injection device for people with severe allergies, has sparked outrage among consumers and lawmakers who worry that parents won’t be able to afford the pens for children heading back to school. With a quick stab to the thigh, the EpiPen dispenses epinephrine, a drug […]