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  1. Neti Pot, Nasal Irrigation Pros and Cons

    Chronic sinus or allergy problems can leave you feeling as though your nose is perpetually stuffed. To breathe freely again, many sinus sufferers rely on nasal irrigation, a technique that flushes out clogged nasal passages using a saltwater solution. "I find it to be the first line of defense in de

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  2. Smog: Not an Allergen, but an Irritant

    For people with allergies and asthma, sometimes the very air they breathe can be bad for their health. That’s because a variety of pollutants in our air -- collectively called smog -- can aggravate asthma and allergy symptoms, leaving people with these conditions struggling to breathe. Smog is a typ

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  3. Nasal Spray: Are You Overdoing It?

    Spring is here, which for millions of people means itchy noses, watery eyes, and nasal congestion. For many allergy sufferers, relief is often just a quick spritz away; prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) nasal sprays are one of the most common ways to treat nasal congestion caused by allergies

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  4. Does Your Child Have a Cold, or Is it Allergies?

    For a week, you've wiped your preschooler's runny nose all day long, then listened to her cough in her sleep all night. She's been looking and feeling miserable, and you want to help her get better, but you aren't sure exactly how to categorize her symptoms. Is it a cold, or does she have allergies?

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  5. What's an Itch?

    Does the world outside make you itch? Warmer months can bring you in contact with any number of scratchy culprits: poison ivy, bug bites, and sunburn, to name a few. From a survival perspective, there isn’t a good explanation for why we itch. One theory goes that animals itch in order to get parasit

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  6. Preventing and Treating Mosquito Bites

    It’s summer -- time to enjoy the outdoors! But we’re not the only ones. Bugs like mosquitoes thrive in the warmer weather, too. And that means more chances of itchy mosquito bites. Try these methods for itch relief: Wash the area with soap and water. A cold compress or ice may help reduce itching an

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  7. Surprisingly Ouchy Plants

    Even experienced gardeners have to deal with irritating plants that can cut, sting, and cause painful or itchy, irritated skin. Here are some ways to relieve the discomfort and treat skin abrasions from plants. A cactus is pretty obvious in showing its thorny side. Other plants are more subtle, but

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  8. Summer Without Sunburn

    Bright red, tender skin is often the mark of a summer day spent outdoors. But sunburn is not a healthy glow. It’s a sign of skin damage that can lead to premature aging and skin cancer. Even if you “tan, don’t burn,” you’re inviting trouble, says David Leffell, MD. “Any amount of unprotected sun exp

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  9. 5 Ways to Beat Spring Allergies

    At last, the first warm days of spring! Time to open the windows, pack away the winter coats, get out in the garden -- and head to the pharmacy to stock up on allergy medications. If you greet the arrival of spring each year with a stuffy nose and watery eyes instead of a happy heart, it's time to t

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  10. Foods That Fight Allergies?

    Content to come: See Kim Smith

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