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Anaphylaxis: Prevention and Treatment

Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention. Learn what to do if you develop anaphylaxis and how you can help prevent this potentially life-threatening allergic reaction.

May 12th, 2020
What to do When Your Child Has Eczema

Eczema is a common skin condition that can be hard to ignore, especially when you’re a child. Discover what you can do to help your kids deal with eczema and the itchy, flaky, irritating rash it causes.

Mar 16th, 2020
Get the Jump on Managing Spring Allergies

Do you wish you could just skip spring and its high pollen counts that make your eyes water and your nose drain? And what about all that sneezing? Learn how to manage springtime allergies before the wildflowers bloom and the grass grows.

Feb 27th, 2020
What will palforzia do for peanut allergy sufferers?

It is expected that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will approve a new drug that treats peanut allergies in children in January. The drug, developed by a California-based startup called Aimmune Therapeutics, is Palforzia...

Nov 14th, 2019
Lessons From Asthma Peak Week

The 3rd week in September marked Asthma Peak Week for 2019. What is Asthma Peak Week? It is a week when certain conditions come together to create a perfect storm for asthma sufferers...

Oct 15th, 2019
There’s a new vaccine for cat allergies

Roughly 1 in 10 people in the United States are allergic to cats. Despite exposure to cats resulting in symptoms including coughing, sneezing, wheezing, stuffy noses, and rashes in this part of our population,...

Sep 16th, 2019
Sesame allergies: More common than we thought

Northwestern University researchers have found that sesame allergies are more common in the United States that experts previously thought. According to their analysis of data from 50,000 households and more than 80,000 people, sesame allergies affect...

Sep 4th, 2019
What is Intermittent Asthma?

Many asthma sufferers do not realize that there are different types of asthma diagnoses that depend on the frequency of asthma symptoms. Whereas people who suffer from asthma symptoms regularly are often diagnosed with persistent asthma...

Aug 3rd, 2019
Do restaurant workers understand food allergies?

For those with food allergies, eating out can be anxiety-provoking, as it is difficult to control what ends up on your plate. Even if the problematic ingredient is not purposefully included in a dish, cross-contamination can occur in the kitchen...

May 16th, 2019
Can vitamin D protect against asthma?

Over 6 million children in the U.S. suffer from asthma, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is approximately 12% of all children in our country. However, the prevalence of asthma amongst children is not evenly distribute

Apr 17th, 2019
Can Dieting Minimize Asthma Symptoms?

Asthma has long been linked to obesity, and researchers have shown over the years that not only does obesity increase the chances of developing asthma, but asthma also increases the chances of developing obesity...

Mar 1st, 2019
Why the FDA is worried about sesame allergies

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) currently requires that companies include on their food labels the inclusion of eight common food allergens, including: peanuts, wheat, eggs, milk, shellfish, tree nuts and soybeans...

Nov 29th, 2018
Can you really outgrow Seafood Allergies?

Food allergies are often considered allergies that may be outgrown. However, the likelihood of outgrowing a food allergy depends in large part to both the severity of the allergy and the specific food that causes the allergy. Allergies to milk, egg...

Nov 14th, 2018
Are Asthma and Obesity Linked?

The medical community has long recognized that obesity increases the risk of developing asthma. However, new research is complicating the story, suggesting that the opposite may also be true – i.e., that asthma may also increase the risk of becoming...

Oct 18th, 2018
How Chiggers Are Spreading Meat Allergies

Over the last decade, a major mystery in the rise of red meat allergies has been partially solved, as scientists have discovered that being bitten by the Lone Star tick – which tends to be found in the southeastern United States...

Oct 1st, 2018
Can you be allergic to gel manicures?

The short answer is yes. The British Association of Dermatologists have recently reported on what they call an “allergy epidemic” resulting from exposure to a methacrylate – a chemical that is commonly used in gel polish, gel nails and acrylic nails...

Sep 16th, 2018
Can Diet Reduce Asthma Symptoms?

A new study published in the European Respiratory Journal concluded that diets that include high levels of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are correlated with better asthma outcomes. These foods are known to be healthy,...

Aug 16th, 2018
Can allergies protect you from skin cancer?

When people experience allergic reactions, a blood protein or antibody, called Immunoglobin E (IgE) has recognized an allergen, interpreted it as harmful, and initiated the reaction that leads to allergy symptoms...

Jul 31st, 2018
How does allergy proof bedding work

When people are allergic to dust mites, allergy symptoms are often worse at night. Dust mites live within dust and feed on skin cells that we regularly shed. Given the amount of time we spend in our beds, our beds tend to hold relatively high volumes of...

Jul 11th, 2018
How to get allergy shots without needles

For those who receive or are thinking of receiving allergy shots for allergies such as those related to grass pollen, ragweed, or dust mites, there is an alternative that has been deemed effective by the American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology.

Apr 26th, 2018
New experiment to find an allergy vaccine

Food Allergy Research and Education, the largest private funding source for food allergy research and the leading organizing that supports people living with food allergies,...

Apr 26th, 2018
How an antibody may prevent allergic reactions

Researchers at Aarhus University have made a serendipitous discovery that could help an enormous amount of patients who suffer from allergies. Though they were searching for a way to improve existing allergy treatments, their data pointed to a new way...

Mar 8th, 2018
Can you be allergic to the cold?

Many of us tend to get sick during the cold months, but if allergy symptoms arise, we are likely to blame a cold. Though rare, some people are actually allergic to the cold itself, suffering from what is known as cold urticaria. For comparison, about...

Feb 22nd, 2018
Identified: 6 genes that contribute to peanut allergies

A study published in Nature Communications at the end of 2017 has identified 6 genes involved with children’s allergic reactions to peanuts. Unlike many other studies, which compare the physiology of those with allergies to those without allergies,...

Jan 25th, 2018
How cats can protect newborns against asthma

A new study conducted by scientists at the Copenhagen Studies on Asthma in Childhood Research Center in Denmark has revealed a way that cats may help protect newborns from developing asthma. According to the investigation, cats may also prevent babies...

Dec 14th, 2017
What it’s like to age with asthma

A new review published in The Lancet has revealed that older people who suffer from asthma are five times more likely to die from the condition than their younger counterparts. Unfortunately, the rate of asthma in older adults is climbing...

Sep 7th, 2017
How tick bites can lead to meat allergies

When most people think of food allergies, they think of things like nuts, eggs, or shellfish. However, red meat has been causing more allergic reactions in recent years, ...

Jul 13th, 2017
Can testosterone protect men from asthma?

Women are twice as likely to develop asthma after puberty than are men, and they are also more likely to suffer from more severe forms of the disorder. More girls develop asthma than boys during childhood as well...

Jun 22nd, 2017
Why asthma inhalers are being recalled

Albuterol inhalers are commonly used to treat patients with asthma and allergy. Specifically, albuterol combats bronchospasms that can be induced by exercise or that occur as a result of reversible obstructive airway disease. Bronchospasms occur...

May 25th, 2017
Skin patch for peanut allergy showing good results

In 2014, researchers released results from a study on a new skin patch called Viaskin, aimed at treating peanut allergies. Now, more results have been released. The idea behind the patch was that by exposing people to small amounts of the protein...

May 11th, 2017
Most People Use Their Inhalers Incorrectly

It has long been recognized that patients who suffer from asthma may struggle to use their inhalers properly. There are a number of mistakes that people can make when using inhalers...

Apr 21st, 2017
Epipen Competition is Growing

Last year, Mylan the company that produces the EpiPen, received a lot of backlash for its increasing prices that reportedly preventing access for a number of people who require the medicine. The EpiPen is an injectable device that delivers epinephrine...

Apr 7th, 2017
Are you really allergic to penicillin?

Penicillin refers to a group of safe and inexpensive antibiotics that are frequently prescribed for an array of bacterial infections. Unfortunately, some people have demonstrated allergies to penicillin. These allergies occur when the immune system...

Mar 23rd, 2017
Is there a link between insomnia and asthma

There are a number of known risk factors for asthma. Pollution, dust, as well as certain chemicals increase the risk for developing asthma. Smoking, allergies, viral infections, and obesity are also linked with the chronic disease...

Mar 9th, 2017
Do cured meats worsen asthma symptoms?

The few scientific studies that have investigated a potential link between cured meats (including sausage, salami, and ham) and asthma have not found any relationship. A new study published in the academic journal Thorax, however, claims to have...

Feb 9th, 2017
Are food allergies on the rise?

It is often claimed that food allergies have been on the rise for years. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4 million children currently suffer from food allergies, the most common of which are to peanuts, tree nuts...

Jan 26th, 2017
Can we create a less allergenic peanut?

It's frequently asserted that the food allergies have been rising for several years. As stated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4 million kids now suffer with food allergies, the most frequent of which are to peanuts...

Jan 12th, 2017
What food labels tell you about allergens

Since 2006, labels on foods that contain the major food allergens, which are peanuts, milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, wheat, soy, and tree nuts, must make it clear that these allergens are present.

Dec 22nd, 2016
How does antibiotic exposure affect allergy risk?

Researchers at the University of South Carolina recently published a study in Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology, suggesting that exposing children to antibiotics very early in life may increase their risk for developing allergies...

Oct 20th, 2016
What’s going on with epipen prices?

EpiPens could be purchased for less than $50 in the United States in 2007. The injection devices deliver epinephrine through the thigh to combat anaphylaxis, a severe, potentially fatal allergic reaction that closes the airways...

Oct 6th, 2016
Is there a relationship between fracking and asthma?

A study released in July in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine claimed that a group of asthma patients that researchers studied in Pennsylvania were more likely to have asthma attacks if they lived near fracking developments...

Jul 21st, 2016
What is the link between asthma and depression?

It is perhaps not surprising that allergies and allergic diseases can have a negative impact on quality of life. Patients with these conditions can be chronically nagged with symptoms that in addition to causing discomfort,...

Jun 16th, 2016
Promising new asthma drug on the horizon

More than 300 million people suffer from asthma. Though many people with the disease are able to control symptoms and disease progression, many others struggle to manage the disease. For some, the struggle is simply in figuring out the best drugs...

Jun 9th, 2016
Allergies & Season of Birth

Though it is not necessarily intuitive, there is a significant amount of research that shows that the time of year when you are born can impact a number of factors in your life, including your eventual height, whether you develop diseases, and how long...

May 19th, 2016
Is asthma over-diagnosed in children?

Asthma has been reported as the primary cause of chronic disease and disability in children. Because asthma can be life threatening, effective drugs and inhalers that are used to combat asthma symptoms can be critical to survival. However...

May 12th, 2016
Peanut allergies

The significant rise in peanut allergies in recent years has puzzled physicians and scientists. In the past decade, peanut allergies have quadrupled in the United States. The scientific community has started to suspect that doctors’ recommendations to...

Apr 22nd, 2016
Formula & allergies

There are a number of reasons why babies may not be able to receive sufficient nutrition from breast milk. To combat the obstacle and ensure that babies are offered proper nutrition easily and early in life, formula was created. Given that breast milk...

Apr 8th, 2016
New Evidence for Vibration Allergies

Scientists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have discovered a genetic mutation that causes for a very rare type of allergy - an allergy to vibration...

Mar 18th, 2016
Dietary vitamin D can reduce allergy development

Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, has long been linked to allergies. Studies have shown that children who live farther from the equator are more likely to develop allergies and suffer higher rates of hospital admissions due to allergic...

Mar 3rd, 2016
Allergies & Anxiety

Scientific research has shown that having allergies makes it more likely that people will suffer certain anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and panic attacks. According to a new study published in Pediatrics, children...

Feb 19th, 2016
Can you be allergic to wi-fi?

Though the medical community has not acknowledged it as a legitimate allergy, people have begun to claim that they suffer from allergies to Wi-Fi. Over the years, a number of health risks associated with our smart devices have been revealed...

Jan 21st, 2016
Allergic Reactions to Insect Stings

Many people are allergic to insect stings, which can be associated with a number of insects including honeybees, sweatbees, bumblebees, paper wasps, white-faced hornets, yellow hornets, yellow jackets, harvester ants, fire ants, and jack jumper ants...

Dec 17th, 2015
The role of platelets in allergic reactions

There are a number of cells of the immune system that are involved in allergic reactions. Relatively recently, platelets were added to the list of known immune cells that contribute to the body’s response to allergens and to underlie aspects of asthma...

Dec 2nd, 2015
Laboratory Animal Allergies

People who work with laboratory animals are susceptible to developing allergies to the specimens to which they are regularly subjected, a condition termed laboratory animal allergy, or LAA. Lung function and changes in the immune system...

Oct 22nd, 2015
Can Pets Suffer From Allergies?

People often wonder if their loving pets are susceptible to the same allergies that they are. Though our pets are less likely to suffer from the same symptoms that we do when we experience allergies, they are in fact vulnerable to allergies...

Oct 8th, 2015
Impact of pollen types on allergies

It is common for people to be allergic to pollen, and to know that pollen irritates them. What is less well recognized is that there are a number of types of pollen, which peak at different times in the year and cause distinct symptoms for allergy...

Sep 17th, 2015
Allergy severity varies from year to year

Though people often feel that their allergies get worse every year, it is not highly likely that seasonal allergies get worse over time. It is true, however, that the severity of allergies varies from year to year. Predicting how bad an allergy season...

Sep 3rd, 2015
Can vacuums help reduce allergy symptoms?

When we think of treating allergies, we often think of pills, inhalers, nasal drops, and EpiPens. However, preventing allergies can be one of the most effective ways to deal with them. Because there are no cures or vaccines currently available...

Jul 16th, 2015
Role of estrogen in allergic reactions

Before puberty, boys tend to suffer from allergies and asthma more frequently than do girls. However, after puberty, these conditions are more common in women than in men. Women who suffer from acute asthma, which is related to allergies, are 60%...

Jul 2nd, 2015
Can you be allergic to the weather?

We often associate weather with our allergy symptoms because certain seasons bring with them specific allergens that trigger our sneezing, runny noses, and wheezing. Often, the causes for our allergies are agents that thrive in certain weather conditions.

Jun 18th, 2015
The Future of Medications for Allergies

Several allergy drugs are on the market. There are over-the-counter medications and prescription medications that minimize specific symptoms associated with allergic reactions. EpiPens are generally prescribed for those with severe allergies because they..

Jun 4th, 2015
How Epinephrine Reverses Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is an extremely severe allergic reaction, where the immune system releases histamine, basophils, mast cells, and other substances. The excessive reaction of the immune system to an allergen causes tightening of airways and difficulty breathing.

May 21st, 2015
Prevalence and Significance of Egg Allergy

For millions of people allergic to eggs, exposure to these agents can lead to severe and dangerous reactions. Children are much more likely than adults to suffer from egg allergies, and eggs are the second most common food that causes allergy...

May 1st, 2015
Testing Your Kids for Allergies

These days, we hear a lot about kids developing allergies at a higher rate than in previous generations. Often, these allergies are quite serious. A common example is the peanut allergy that can be fatal if it leads to anaphylaxis,...

Apr 17th, 2015
Issues in Latex Allergy

A growing number of latex allergies are being recognized and diagnosed. It is believed that about 3 million people in the United States are allergic to latex. Those allergic to latex react to a milky fluid found in latex that is produced by rubber trees...

Apr 3rd, 2015
Stanford launches center for allergy research

Almost 40% of the global population currently suffers from allergies, and the percentage is expected to increase to 50% soon. There is no cure for allergies that is currently approved by the FDA...

Feb 5th, 2015
How to Avoid Food Allergies in Your Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving is the time of year when cooks prepare magnificent feasts. Special dishes are often served that you just don't get the rest of the year. These yummy recipes are great, but you need to be careful if you have food allergies...

Nov 25th, 2014
Best dog breeds for allergy sufferers

Dogs make wonderful pets and are found in many homes throughout the world. However, about 10 percent of the people in the United States are actually allergic to some dogs and experience itchy eyes, stuffy noses, wheezing, sneezing, and coughing...

Nov 19th, 2014
How to travel safely with allergies

Traveling can create unique challenges for people with allergies. Hotels may have dust mites or even mold, and airplanes and trains seem to always contain an allergy trigger. Whether it's from spending time in new places or around new people...

Nov 11th, 2014
What is Causing Peanut Allergies?

Peanut allergies have frustrated researchers for a long time but they may have finally found a solution to the problem. Recently, researchers from the Oxford University found possibly conclusive evidence regarding the cause of peanut allergies...

Oct 7th, 2014
Avoiding food allergy mistakes with children

We are hearing talk of food allergies more often because there seems to be an increase in allergies found in children. What should you do if you think your child might have an allergy? Stay calm and consider these important points...

Oct 5th, 2014
Breastfeeding linked to lower allergy risk for children

Breastfeeding has seen an increase in popularity in recent years, with advocates touting a number of benefits for both mother and baby. Two recent studies provide more information on the health-related benefits that many babies enjoy...

Sep 29th, 2014
The Types of Allergy Tests

If you suffer from allergies, you are probably curious about what exactly causes your specific problems. Allergy testing can help you to get to the bottom of the cause of your symptoms. Whether you get red, itchy eyes when you go outside during springtime

Jul 7th, 2014
Why are itchy eyes a common allergic reaction?

If you have allergies, you've probably experienced most of the symptoms involved. While most people think sneezing is a common reaction, many people don't realize that it's our eyes that are also under attack when we sneeze...

Jul 6th, 2014
The worst U.S. Cities for spring allergies

Watery eyes. Itchiness. Trouble breathing. Some of us know much better than others that the effects of spring allergies can be very problematic during that certain time of the year...

Jul 6th, 2014
Will the polar vortex make allergy season worse?

You may think the misery of the “polar vortex” winter is over, but sadly, it can still have an effect in months to come for allergy sufferers this allergy season. It seems as if the extreme cold temperatures should have killed everything,...

Jun 4th, 2014
How do you choose an allergist?

We know you have choices when it comes to picking an allergist., and we think there are a lot of reasons to pick Premier Allergy & Asthma. First, we have eight convenient locations in the Columbus metro region...

Apr 21st, 2014
Take Charge of Your Allergies

Have you been suffering from seasonal allergies for months or years, but were afraid to get tested for fear of needles or discomfort? What if we told you that we could give you a skin test without needles and get you results in just 20 minutes?...

Apr 7th, 2014
The eight most common Food Allergies

Food allergies are typically caused by eight common ingredients: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. These foods can initiate annoying skin reactions or life-threatening breathing problems. Because of the danger posed to those..

Apr 2nd, 2014
Is rush immunotherapy right for you?

Immunotherapy is a medical term for the treatment of disease by inducing, enhancing, or suppressing an immune response. Not surprisingly, this type of therapy is often used for treating allergies...

Mar 19th, 2014
A Cure for Peanut Allergies?

People who suffer from allergies understand the fear of becoming violently ill, or even facing a life-threatening situation due to minute traces of a particular substance. These substances are often otherwise harmless, or even prevalent food items...

Mar 11th, 2014
Common skin disorders sometimes mistaken for hives

Hives are itchy, red bumps that are a common condition for those who suffer from allergies. Those bumps may be quite swollen and can vary in size from being under an inch to as large as a few inches in diameter. They can appear on just about any area...

Mar 5th, 2014
Allergy education important for kids, teachers, and parents

As anyone who deals with life-threatening allergies knows, allergy education is a critical part of the school curriculum. Not only do children need to learn about this serious issue, including the ability to identify it, seek help, and even treat it, but s

Feb 27th, 2014
Get relief using natural allergy remedies

Natural allergy remedies are a real source of relief for sufferers of all ages. Fortunately, since they don’t involve chemicals or drugs of any kind, most of them can be used on everyone from young children to senior citizens...

Feb 20th, 2014
How to find relief from weather triggered allergies

Weather allergies are common from coast to coast, regardless of the exact climate or temperature around you. Whether it’s wet or dry, cold or hot, or anywhere in the middle, plenty of people find that they have an itchy nose, runny eyes,...

Jan 6th, 2014
Winter Allergies: an Overview

Many people associate allergies with the spring and summer months, when the pollen count is high and they’re spending a great deal of time outside. For pollen allergy sufferers, winter generally means a reprieve from the symptoms that plague them the ...

Jan 5th, 2014
How to avoid common allergy triggers

Anyone who has ever had an allergic reaction knows how uncomfortable and even dangerous it can be to come in contact with certain allergy triggers. Whether you react adversely to pollen, mold, pet dander, insect stings, dust mites, or certain foods ...

Dec 29th, 2013
Causes and Symptoms of Outdoor Allergies

Environmental allergies can occur at any time of the year, especially in warmer climates. Symptoms vary from person to person, but the most common things to expect include a runny nose, watery eyes, stuffy nose, and sneezing...

Dec 17th, 2013