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    1. How to Treat Allergies That Get You All Stuffed Up

      Lenore Hirsch, a retired educator, is living the good life. Her home is in the impossibly beautiful Napa, CA, and she spends her days indulging her passions: photography, writing, and travel. If only her allergies would let up. Hirsch, who considers herself "a very young 69," has had hay fever since

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    2. Can You Overuse Nasal Spray?

      Yes. Just ask Marianne McCall. A few allergy seasons back, she thought her seasonal congestion might never end. In April, she’d begun to use a topical nasal-spray decongestant. The over-the-counter (OTC) drug worked like a charm. By summer, she was still using the spray daily. Yet it was helping for

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    3. Expert Advice on Handling Your Nasal Allergies

      Nasal allergies can have symptoms that are like a cold -- watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, and congestion -- that just won’t go away. If your reaction to pollen, mold, dust, or pet hair is severe enough, it can put quite a hamper on your day-to-day life. But there are things you can do to stifle y

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    4. Makeup Tips for Bad Allergy Days

      Your eyes are bloodshot, your nose is red, and your skin is puffy. It must be allergy season! While your allergies may be a hard thing to kick to the curb for good, you don’t need to be a magician to mask the pesky symptoms that come with them. Instead, try out these simple solutions from makeup art

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    5. How to Pamper Your Allergic Nose

      Is your sniffer working overtime because of a cold or allergies? It can feel uncomfortable when you use all those tissues.  Use these expert tricks to soothe a chapped, sore nose fast. You may think pre-moistened wipes are gentler than plain-old tissue, but many diaper wipes or those made for removi

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    6. 7 Habits That Can Trigger Your Allergy Symptoms

      You may be great at dodging allergy triggers outdoors, but what happens once you’re inside? From walking in your front door to tucking yourself into bed at night, you’ll want to sidestep these common mistakes and keep your allergy triggers at bay. Regularly allowing your bathroom to get too steamy c

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    7. Food Allergy Myths and Facts

      You're done with your restaurant meal and it's time to the pay the bill. But before you even reach for your wallet, you get an itchy feeling down your back. Can't be food allergies, you think. Don't they go away when you become an adult? There's a lot of confusion out there about eating and allergie

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    8. How to Survive Spring Allergy Season

      Every spring, Denise Wilson tweaks her daily routine. Instead of running outdoors, she hits the gym. She puts on the air conditioner rather than open a window for fresh air. And she tucks her contacts into a drawer and switches to eyeglasses. Wilson, 46, a public relations exec in Brooklyn, NY, says

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    9. Does Honey Prevent Allergies?

      You’re buried beneath a mountain of tissues and can barely keep your eyelids open after a dose of allergy meds. You remember hearing that small amounts of local honey can help keep sniffles at bay. Does it work? The idea that honey can prevent allergies is based on a concept called immunotherapy. Th

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    10. Should You Get Allergy Shots?

      Allergy shots can’t cure your allergies, but they can really cut down on your symptoms. The shots are best if you have severe allergies or symptoms that last more than 3 months every year, says Michael Land, MD. They can also help if you can't take allergy medicines because of side effects or intera

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