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Allergy

Treatment for Peanut Allergies : Oral Immunotherapy (OIT)

What is a Peanut Allergy? A Peanut Allergy is one of the most common Allergies that causes severe allergy attacks. Some peanut allergies can be life-threatening (anaphylaxis). For some people with a peanut allergy, even a tiny amount of peanuts or smell can cause a serious...
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Relieving some of your worst allergy symptoms

If you feel as if your allergy symptoms are becoming worse and lasting longer, you are probably right. Roughly 80 percent of allergy sufferers experience some degree of symptoms all year long. If you count yourself among the 50 million Americans who suffer from nasal allergies,...
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New Guidelines for Introducing Peanut-Containing Foods to Infants

Approximately 2 percent of American children have some form of peanut allergy. The fact that some peanut allergies are so severe that they can lead to a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis has led many parents to avoid giving peanut products to their children. Despite...
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What Is Vasomotor Rhinitis?

Vasomotor rhinitis is a condition in which the blood vessels inside your nose dilate. This swelling can cause nasal congestion and increased mucus drainage. The condition is not life-threatening; however, it can be uncomfortable and annoying leading to decreased production at...
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Christmas Tree Allergies

If you spend the holiday season sniffling and sneezing because of allergies, the culprit may be your Christmas tree. According to a research study presented recently at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, live greenery can raise the...
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Older Adults & Medication Use

The majority of older adults take multiple medications. This increases the risk of interactions and side effects, especially in adults who suffer from allergies or asthma. The following information will help you have an informed conversation with your doctor about which...
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Preventing Allergies and Asthma in Children

There is substantial evidence that suggests that allergies and asthma run in families. Children with one or more parents who have some form of allergic disease are far more likely to develop the conditions themselves; however, it may not be inevitable. There are steps that you...
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Allergy Sinus Headaches

There is a common misconception that any headache affecting the front of the head or over the sinuses must be related to the sinuses. In reality, frontal headaches are most often a type of migraine. Anyone experiencing persistent headaches that appear to originate in the sinuses...
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Oral Allergy Syndrome

If you suffer from pollen allergies, and you also notice that your mouth and throat become itchy after eating certain fruits and vegetables, there is a good chance you may have oral allergy syndrome, also known as OAS. The reaction is the result of a cross-reactivity in which the...
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Do Allergies Cause Asthma?

One of the most common questions we get from parents of children with allergies is whether their child’s allergies can cause them to develop asthma. The short answer is no; allergies do not cause asthma. The two conditions are connected, so it would be natural to think that one...
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AERD – Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease

As many as 1.5 million Americans live with a little-known and often overlooked condition called aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease, or AERD. Despite the fact that AERD was first identified nearly a century ago, the lack of research and awareness regarding the condition means...
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Diagnosis and Treatment of Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis, commonly known as “hay fever,” is characterized by a runny or stuffy nose and itchy eyes, mouth or skin. Allergic rhinitis can be seasonal (due to mold spores or pollen), or perennial (due to things like dust mites, pet hair, or mold). There is also...
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Back to School with Allergies

With thousands of students in the Atlanta area heading back to school this fall, schools have created different techniques for handling students with allergies. Today, one in three children have allergies, and one in eleven students suffer from asthma. As a parent, it’s up to you...
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Exercise-Induced Anaphylaxis

Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction affecting the entire body. If not treated quickly, anaphylaxis may lead to respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest, and even death. Peanuts and bee stings are a common cause of anaphylaxis. In some people, anaphylaxis may...
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About Non-Prescription Allergy Relief

About one in five people in the United States suffers from either allergies or asthma, according to WebMD. The annual cost of allergies to the health care system and businesses in the U.S. is estimated at $7.9 billion. A number of over-the-counter medications are used to treat...
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How To Fight Fatigue Related to Allergies

Far too many people deal with constant fatigue today. Unfortunately, individuals don’t always know what causes their symptoms. Fatigue often manifests itself during the day after a restless night of sleep. It’s a vicious cycle that never seems to end. These days, a...
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Managing Seasonal Allergies

Spring and Summer are active times of the year for people living in the Atlanta area. Love is in the air, in more ways than one. Trees and grasses release pollen into the air as part of their reproductive cycles. Life is good, unless you are a person with allergies to those...
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Allergies relates to asthma in both children and adults

Asthma has often been linked with allergies. However, these studies have all focused on children or teens, rather than adults. A recent study published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the medical journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology...
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Rush Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots)

Immunotherapy (allergy shots) involves injecting very small amounts of the substances causing allergic reactions and then building up to full immunizing doses. Rush immunotherapy is an accelerated form of immunotherapy that allows patients to see clinical improvements faster than...
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Introduction to Allergies

Sneezing is not always the symptom of a cold. Sometimes, it is an allergic reaction to something in the air. Health experts estimate that 35 million Americans suffer from upper respiratory tract symptoms that are allergic reactions to airborne allergens. Pollen allergy, commonly...
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What is an allergy?

An allergy is a specific reaction of the body’s immune system to a normally harmless substance, one that does not bother most people. People who have allergies often are sensitive to more than one substance. Types of allergens that cause allergic reactions include: Pollens...
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Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)

What is allergic rhinitis? Allergic rhinitis (also called “hay fever”) happens when you breathe in something you are allergic to, and the inside of your nose becomes inflammed or swollen. Allergic rhinitis affects 40 million people in the United States. What are the signs and...
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Immunotherapy

What is Immunotherapy? (Also known as allergy shots) Immunotherapy (allergy shots) is a treatment used to alleviate allergic symptoms of hay fever or asthma by administering injections of substances called allergens, such as pollens, mold spores, dust mites, animal dander, or...
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Hives (Urticaria)

Hives are red and sometimes itchy bumps on your skin. An allergic reaction to a drug or food usually causes them. Allergic reactions cause your body to release chemicals that can make your skin swell up in hives. People who have other allergies are more likely to get hives than...
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Anaphylaxis

A potentially life-threatening reaction What is anaphylaxis? Anaphylaxis (an-a-fi-LAK-sis) is a serious allergic reaction that can cause death. It can happen in people who have allergies or asthma, and it may be caused by a number of normally harmless things called allergens....
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Food Allergy

Food allergy is an abnormal response to a food triggered by the body’s immune system. Food allergy refers to a particular type of response of the immune system in which the body produces what is called an allergic, or IgE, antibody to a food. (IgE, or immunoglobulin E, is a type...
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Sinusitis

Sinuses are hollow cavities found in the skull that contain a layer of mucus and cells that help trap and expel bacteria and other pollutants. Sinuses are found behind and between the eyes, behind the cheekbones, and in the forehead. When the lining of the sinuses become...
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Insect Allergy

People who have an insect sting allergy suffer a stronger-than-normal reaction to insect stings due to an overreaction of their immune systems. Their immune systems produce antibodies (which in turn release histamines) in reaction to the insect’s venom. Whereas most people...
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Drug Allergy

Drug allergies occur when a person’s immune system develops antibodies in reaction to the presence of foreign proteins in the drug. The next time the drug is introduced into the bloodstream, those antibodies release histamines, which cause symptoms ranging from a mild rash...
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Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

Eczema is the general term given to different types of persistent skin inflammation called dermatitis. The  most common form of eczema is atopic dermatitis, an oversensitivity to environmental factors such as allergens and other pollutants. Atopic dermatitis is commonly found in...
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Dr. Chacko and Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN. See the video here.