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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Foods That Fight Allergies?

    Content to come: See Kim Smith

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  7. 5 Nasal Allergy Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

    If you have nasal allergies, you may be used to sneezing and congestion that last the entire day. But you don’t have to just put up with it. Whether you’re allergic to dust mites, tree pollen, or animal dander, you can find relief for your nasal allergy symptoms. “Some people suffer with seasonal al

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  8. Worst Allergy Cities in America for Spring Allergies

    It’s a top ranking that Knoxville, Tenn., won’t be promoting any time soon: It’s No. 1 on the list of “most challenging” places to live if you have spring allergies. That’s according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s 2010 ranking of 100 U.S. cities. The city earned the dubious honor

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  9. 6 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Seasonal Allergies

    If "gesundheit" is becoming the byword of the day, you may have entered hay fever season. That's the time of year when your immune system may go a little haywire, overreacting to all the pollen in the air. There's a lot you can do about seasonal allergy symptoms – especially if you work closely with

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  10. The Best Cities for Allergies in the United States

    Each year, as spring rolls around, many seasonal allergy sufferers lament, “Maybe I should just move to Alaska!” Warm weather arrives, the trees bud, the flowers bloom -- and noses burst with sniffles and irritation. Then just as the allergic reactions of April and May have become a memory, fall hit

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