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  1. Will Moving Help My Child's Allergies?

    Q: Should we move to help my daughter's spring allergies? A: Moving from a humid area to an arid one may help with allergies to house dust mites, but not with outdoor allergies. Even in bone-dry regions, grasses, olive and mesquite trees, and weeds (including ragweed) grow well and release their pol

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  2. Housecleaning Tips to Ease Allergies

    Regular housecleaning can get rid of many allergy triggers and help relieve your symptoms. It helps to know some cleaning tips. Common mistakes -- shampooing carpets or using heavily scented cleaners -- could make your allergies worse, not better. Here are some ways to keep your house clean and your

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  3. An Allergy-Free Vacation: It's Possible With Planning

    Whether it's pollen in Puerto Rico or a feather pillow in Switzerland, allergic triggers can get in the way of vacation fun. Careful planning can prevent a lot of problems. Here are tips on what to do beforehand to ensure a happy, allergy-free vacation. Talk to your doctor. See if your doctor sugges

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  4. 6 Ways to Keep Exercising With Allergies

    When you have allergies, even short exercise bouts outdoors can be challenging. Follow these tips before heading outdoors to exercise to make your workout less itchy and sniffly. What triggers your allergies? It's important to know what you're allergic to. There are different readings for different

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  5. Why Do You Have Allergies All of a Sudden?

    If you’ve made it to adulthood without allergies, that’s great. You might not be off the hook, though. You don't have to be a child to have a first bout of hay fever or red, itchy skin. Half of new allergies happen in adults, most often in their early 40s. Common culprits for adult-onset allergies i

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  6. The Truth About Mucus

    Mucus is something everyone has, and some people wish they had a lot less of the stringy, gooey stuff.  Sure, it can be gross to blow globs of snot into tissue after tissue when you have a cold or sinus infection, but mucus actually serves a very important purpose. "Mucus is incredibly important for

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  7. Are Your Allergies Spoiling the Romance?

    When love is in the air, you want to breathe it in. But what if that air is also filled with pet dander or pollen? Or you’re afraid to seal your new romance with a kiss that may set off your food allergy? Take these steps to help prevent symptoms that get in the way of Cupid’s work. Sniffling, sneez

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  8. Anaphylaxis: Where to Find Information & Support

    If your child has a serious allergy, make an appointment with a pediatric allergist or immunologist. Your doctor can give you a referral. Your pediatric allergist will do tests to find your child's allergy triggers, create a treatment plan for those allergies, and tell you what you need to do to man

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  9. Serious Allergies: Keeping Your Teen Safe

    It can be challenging to have a food allergy as a teen. Some feel embarrassed to eat differently than their friends, or to ask for special meals, or to pass when everyone else is eating something they can't. In one survey, teenagers with food allergies admitted that they sometimes take risks with th

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  10. Food Allergies: Protect Your Child at Home and Away

    Most food allergy reactions start soon -- within minutes to a couple of hours -- after exposure to a trigger food. Symptoms can include: Stomach or intestinal problems, such as vomiting, colic, diarrhea, or bleeding Skin reactions, such as hives, swelling, or eczema Breathing problems, such as upper

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