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  1. Children With Food Allergies Face Bullying

    Sept. 28, 2010 -- About one in four children is bullied, teased, or harassed because of a food allergy, a survey shows. The survey was completed by 353 teens, adults up to age 25, and parents and caregivers of children with food allergies. Researchers at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at The Mount

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  2. How Your Clothes Can Make You Sick

    By Dr. Amy Wechsler   Consider it the worst type of fashion blunder: Your favorite items could be at fault for otherwise-unexplained breakouts and rashes. See how your duds measure up. Metal Awareness: If you’ve ever noticed an itchy, red rash on your earlobes, the nickel in your everyday earrings c

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  3. Pets, Dust May Worsen Ragweed Allergies

    July 23, 2010 -- People who have hay fever and who also have an allergy to cats, dogs, dust mites, or grass pollen have hay fever symptoms that are more severe and occur earlier on, according to a new study. Hay fever season occurs in late summer when ragweed is in full bloom. However, not everyone

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  4. Food Allergies: 5 Myths Debunked

    Nearly a third of people living in the U.S. believe they have a food allergy, according to a recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association . But only 5% of children and 4% of teens and adults have true food allergies. Why do many people think they have a food allergy when

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  5. America's Worst Cities for Spring Allergies

    May 18, 2010 -- Knoxville, Tenn., has garnered the No. 1 spot as the "most challenging" place to live in America for people with spring allergies, says a new ranking by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Knoxville has it all: high pollen counts, high use of allergy medications by r

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  6. Peanut Allergies in Kids on the Rise

    May 14, 2010 -- Peanut allergies in children have more than tripled in the United States from 1997 to 2008, an alarming trend that can’t yet be explained, a new study says. “We don’t know why this is happening, but there are many theories,” study author Scott H. Sicherer, MD, of the Jaffe Food Insti

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  7. FDA: Don't Swallow Benadryl Gel

    May 12, 2010 -- The FDA today warned people about potentially serious side effects from mistakenly swallowing Benadryl Extra Strength Itch Stopping Gel, an over-the-counter (OTC) product that should only be used on the skin. The FDA has received reports of serious side effects in people who have mis

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  8. Study: Food Allergy Guidelines Needed

    May 11, 2010 -- Food allergies are common, especially among children, but it is not clear just how common they are because there is no generally accepted definition for them, a review of past studies finds. Researchers say the lack of an accepted definition and evidence-based guidelines for diagnosi

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  9. Pollen 'Explosion' Has U.S. Sneezing

    April 19, 2010 -- Pollen has choked most of the U.S. in an unusually intense spring allergy season. Is it the worst ever? What can you do about it? Which allergy treatments work best, and how do they work? Prepare for some surprises in WebMD's pollen/allergy FAQ. In some parts of the U.S. -- the tre

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  10. Kids With Food Allergies May Need 2 EpiPens

    March 26, 2010 -- Children with a history of severe food allergies should carry two doses of self-injectable epinephrine instead of one, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed outcomes among more than 1,200 children treated for food allergies in emergency rooms at two large Boston hospitals betw

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