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  1. Seasonal Allergies: 4 Routes to Relief

    Ah, fall. The perfect time to get outside for long walks in the neighborhood, hikes in the hills, and autumn gardening. But that "ah" can quickly become "ah-choo" if you're one of the 36 million Americans with seasonal allergy problems. The runny nose, itchy eyes, and congestion -- all typical fall

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  2. Food Allergies on the Rise in Children

    Nov. 16, 2009 -- Food allergies in children, including peanut allergy, have increased by nearly 20% in the last 10 years, and certain ethnic groups may be harder hit than others. A new study shows reports of food allergies in children rose by 18% from 1997-2007 while ambulatory care visits to treat

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  3. Long-Term Neti Pot Use May Backfire

    Nov. 9, 2009 -- Long-term use of a neti pot to clear stuffy noses and blocked nasal passages may actually encourage more sinus problems rather than keep them away. A new study shows people who used nasal saline irrigation for a year and then discontinued use the following year had 62% fewer cases of

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  4. Dangerous Anaphylaxis Waiting Game

    Nov. 9, 2009 - More than 40% of people suffering a potentially life-threatening episode of anaphylaxis wait before seeking medical attention, according to a new study. Researchers say it's a dangerous waiting game, and more education is needed to urge people with severe allergies to seek first aid a

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  5. Are Allergies Cramping Your Sex Life?

    Here's a wild guess: When an allergy attack hits and leaves you sneezing and itching, with teary eyes and a nose that is runny and stuffed, you probably aren't much in the mood for romance. It may sound obvious that drippy noses don't bring out the sex kitten in people. But for the first time, a stu

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  6. Relieve Allergies the Natural Way

    Whether it's the long-awaited change of winter into spring, or the quiet fading of summer into fall, for many folks the changing of the seasons means more than just vacation plans and a new wardrobe -- it signals the start of seasonal allergies. Sneezing, wheezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery, red

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  7. 100 Worst Cities for Fall Allergies

    Oct. 2, 2009 -- McAllen, Texas, is the worst city in the U.S. this year for fall allergies, according to the new list of "fall allergy capitals" selected by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Cities are ranked based on four factors: prevalence data, seasonal pollen, allergy medicine use p

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  8. Chlorinated Pools May Raise Allergy Risk

    Sept. 14, 2009 -- Chlorine kills germs in swimming pools, but it may also contribute to risk for asthma and nasal allergies. Children with allergic sensitivities (atopy) who have spent more time in chlorinated pools have a higher risk of asthma and nasal allergies, such as allergic rhinitis and hay

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  9. Nasal Allergies May Dim Sex Life

    Sept. 11, 2009 -- Having nasal allergies may dim people's sex lives, researchers report. Nasal allergy symptoms such as sneezing and having a runny or stuffy nose may be to blame, note father-and-son research team Michael Benninger, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic and Ryan Benninger of Miami University

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  10. Fall Allergies and Sinusitis

    Autumn has arrived, and you don’t feel so good. You can’t stop sneezing and sniffling. The return of cool weather leaves you feeling not invigorated but miserable. What’s going on? You may be suffering from pollen allergy, a.k.a. allergic rhinitis or hay fever. Thirty million Americans do, and sympt

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