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  1. Pets May Reduce Children's Allergy Risk

    June 13, 2011 -- Having a dog or cat at home during the first year of life may help prevent pet allergies later on. Researchers say parents often worry whether having animals in the home will increase the risk of their children developing pet allergies. But a new study suggests that’s not the case.

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  2. Allergy Self-Diagnosis Leads to Misdiagnosis

    May 18, 2011 -- Many people misdiagnose themselves as having allergies when they actually have sinusitis, a survey shows, and skip a visit to the doctor. The survey was conducted by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). The AAFA says that when people confuse sinusitis symptoms with si

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  3. 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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  4. Worst Cities for Spring Allergies

    April 8, 2011 -- The charm of a Southern spring may be lost on millions of seasonal allergy sufferers. A new study shows Knoxville and a host of other Southern cities top the list of the worst places to live with spring allergies. It’s the second year in a row the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of Am

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  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. Birth Order May Affect Risk of Allergies

    March 21, 2011 -- First-born children may be more likely to develop certain types of allergies than their younger brothers or sisters, a study suggests. Researchers found the prevalence of several types of allergies, such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever or seasonal allergies), allergic conjunctiviti

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