How to Control Asthma Symptoms During Ragweed Season

Q: My stepson has asthma that bothers him most during ragweed season. He also gets eye symptoms (conjunctivitis) in the fall. Although he’s on a controller medication, last September he had an asthma attack that landed him briefly in the ER. I’d like to help him get better control. What would you recommend? Dr. Bassett: Ragweed […]

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Too little sleep can mean more asthma attacks in adults

A good night’s sleep is crucial to good health. A new article in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) reveals that too little sleep, and occasionally too much sleep, can negatively impact adults with asthma. “Previous research revealed that poor sleep quality has […]

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Vaccine Seeks to Eliminate Cat Allergies

Cats can be your constant furry companion or the cause of lots of sneezing, an itchy throat and red, watery eyes. If you fall into that second group, you may be in luck thanks to a pending vaccine. A Swiss pharmaceutical company has developed a vaccine but it’s not for you, it’s for the cats. […]

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Leaves are falling. autumn is calling. So are fall allergies

You may think you can’t tell the difference between the symptoms caused by spring, summer and fall allergies. They all usually involve sneezing, sniffling, itchy eyes and a runny nose. And while symptoms for each allergy season may be similar, the treatment can look very different, particularly if immunotherapy is an option. “Immunotherapy, in the […]

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Residual Bedbug Histamines Could Cause Medical Threat

New research findings could turn perceptions of the already despised bed bug from nuisance pest into medically important threat. A study from North Carolina State University shows that histamine levels are substantially higher in homes infested by bed bugs than in pest-free homes, and that these histamine levels persist for months — even if the […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Food Allergies

Did you know that eight foods account for 90% of all food allergies? These foods include peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. Even though these are the most common foods that can cause an allergic reaction, almost ANY other food can also trigger an allergic reaction. 1 in 13 children in […]

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What You Need to Know About a Peanut Allergy

Did you know that Peanut (legume) Allergy affects nearly 2% of the population and is one of the most common causes of death due to food allergies? There are three things that characterize peanut hypersensitivity: Reactions are extremely violent and life threatening with minor exposure to the allergen. The allergy is likely to persist throughout life. It’s often associated […]

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