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  • Apr 2018

    Common allergic conditions linked to mental health

    Although allergies might seem a world away from mental health, a new study finds that common allergic conditions increase the risk of psychiatric problems.

  • Apr 2018

    How long are you contagious with pink eye?

    Pink eye is a relatively common eye condition. There are many potential causes, but one of the most significant problems is how not to spread the condition to others. There are different types of pink eye, which can change the length of contagiousness. Knowing the signs can help a person avoid infecting anybody else.

  • Apr 2018

    Are RAST or skin tests better for allergies?

    A doctor may use a number of tests to check whether someone is allergic to certain substances. These include skin tests and blood tests. Blood tests include RAST and ELISA tests. Learn more about the procedure and results of RAST tests, and how this allergy diagnosis test compares with skin tests.

  • Apr 2018

    Can allergies cause a fever?

    Many symptoms of an allergy, cold, and flu are similar, including a runny nose and sneezing. However, these conditions affect the body differently, and allergies should not cause flu-like symptoms such as fever or body aches. Learn more about the differences between these conditions and how to identify allergies here.

  • Apr 2018

    How do you treat an allergic reaction?

    Allergic reactions are numerous and varied, and the best treatments depend on the specific symptoms, such as rashes or sinus problems, and their severity. Allergies can be treated at home with antihistamines, steroids, and some natural remedies. Severe cases, such as anaphylaxis, need emergency medical attention.

  • Apr 2018

    Peanut allergies may soon be treated with a vaccine

    After 2 decades of research, scientists have now developed an anti-allergic vaccine, which they have just successfully tested in mice.

  • Apr 2018

    Ragweed allergy: What it is and foods to avoid

    Ragweed allergies are common but can cause bothersome symptoms, including coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and a runny nose. In this article, learn about how to prevent symptoms and what foods to avoid. We also look at where and when ragweed grows, treatment options, and how allergy testing works.

  • Apr 2018

    Zyrtec vs. Claritin for treating allergies

    Zyrtec and Claritin are two popular antihistamines that can reduce allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and rashes. Zyrtec contains cetirizine and Claritin contains loratadine. Their effects are very similar. We compare their effectiveness, side effects, and other antihistamines such as Allegra and Benadryl.

  • Apr 2018

    Am I allergic to my dog?

    Dog allergies are one of the most common types of pet allergy. Symptoms can include hives, itchy skin, and watery eyes after contact with a dog. Home remedies and medicines can help get rid of some symptoms, especially mild itching and redness, so a person with mild dog allergies may still be able to live with a dog.

  • Apr 2018

    How to manage a nickel allergy

    Many common foods and everyday objects contain trace amounts of nickel. A person may experience an allergic reaction on their skin such as a rash, a dry patch, or blistering after contact with this metal. In this article, learn how to identify a nickel allergy, which products to avoid, and additional risk factors.

  • Apr 2018

    What is an iodine intolerance?

    Iodine is essential for thyroid function but can cause an adverse reaction in some people. It is not a true allergy but rather an intolerance. Certain disinfectants or X-ray contrast material can trigger a reaction. Although shellfish may contain iodine, shellfish allergies are not related to iodine sensitivity.

  • Mar 2018

    How to get rid of an allergic reaction on the face

    An allergic reaction on the face can cause symptoms, such as red, raised bumps, swollen lips, and wheezing. They are often caused by beauty products or hay fever. Treatments include antihistamines, cool compresses, and corticosteroid creams. Reactions can be prevented by avoiding allergens and taking antihistamines.

  • Mar 2018

    What to know about sulfa allergies

    A sulfa allergy is when the immune system reacts to substances containing sulfa, such as some antibiotics and medications. A person with a sulfa allergy should avoid certain medications but does not need to avoid any specific foods. Learn how sulfa and sulfite allergies differ, and about symptoms and treatment.

  • Mar 2018

    Can you be allergic to marijuana?

    A person can develop allergies to marijuana, as with other plants. This can occur after touching, smoking, or eating cannabis products (edibles), or inhaling the pollen. Symptoms are similar to other allergies, including sneezing, a rash, and itching skin. A person can also have a reaction to cannabidiol oil or CBD.

  • Mar 2018

    What to do when you can't stop sneezing

    Sometimes sneezing is a mild annoyance, other times it can impact everyday life. Fortunately, there is a range of things to try that might stop the sneezing. This article looks at some simple tips and tricks that may work, including pinching the nose or saying an unusual word before sneezing. Learn all about them here.

  • Mar 2018

    What is basophilia? Causes and symptoms

    Learn about what causes basophilia, a condition in which the body produces too many basophils. We also look at symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

  • Mar 2018

    What is a hay fever cough?

    Hay fever is an allergic reaction resulting in cold-like symptoms, including a cough. Learn about types, prevention, and a range of treatments, here.

  • Mar 2018

    How to cope with your food allergy

    The only way to prevent allergic reactions if you have a food allergy is to avoid the allergen. Here are some tips to help you cope with food allergies.

  • Mar 2018

    What is a yeast allergy?

    Yeast allergies are common and can range from mild to severe. How is this allergy diagnosed, and what foods should be avoided? We find answers.

  • Mar 2018

    Can you live with a cat if you have allergies?

    We take a look at cat allergies, a common pet allergy. Included is detail on how to manage them and whether you can live with a cat if you have allergies.

  • Mar 2018

    What are the symptoms of anaphylactic shock?

    An allergic reaction can result in anaphylactic shock, which can be frightening and dangerous. However, treatments and precautions can ease the condition.

  • Feb 2018

    Why are my lips swollen?

    Find out more about what causes swollen lips, including food or environmental allergies. We also look at treatments and when to see a doctor.

  • Feb 2018

    Why are my palms itchy?

    In this article we look at six possible reasons for itchy palms. We also talk about ways to relieve this itching, and how to prevent it from returning.

  • Feb 2018

    What are some itchy beard remedies?

    An itchy beard is a common complaint, but what makes it itch? We look at the causes of an itchy beard and reveal seven ways to find relief.

  • Feb 2018

    What to do about a sinus headache

    A look at sinus headache, a condition where the area around the nose becomes painful. Included is detail on home remedies and the potential causes.