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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. Pork-Cat Syndrome an Under-Recognized Allergy

      Nov. 7, 2011 -- Some people with cat allergies may also be allergic to pork and other meats because of a rare type of cross-reactive allergy known as pork-cat syndrome. A new study describes the first six cases of pork-cat syndrome documented in the U.S. The syndrome has been established in Europe s

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    3. 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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    4. Carbon Dioxide Gas May Treat Nasal Allergies

      Sept. 15, 2011 -- Shooting a quick blast of carbon dioxide gas into the nose may ease some allergy symptoms, and the relief appears to last for about four hours. When carbon dioxide (CO2) is blown through the sinuses in a kind of pressurized gas rinse, it may relieve symptoms like itchy, watery eyes

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    5. African-American Kids May Have More Food Allergies

      Sept. 6, 2011 -- African-American children in the U.S. have a higher rate of food allergies than children of other races, and new research suggests that genetic and environmental factors may explain why. Researchers found self-reported black race to be associated with a higher risk for all food alle

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    6. Skin Allergies May Protect Against Cancer

      July 12, 2011 -- There may be an upside to contact skin allergies. New research suggests that people who develop itchy rashes when their skin comes into contact with certain metals or chemicals have a lower risk for certain cancers. Investigators say the findings support the idea that allergies may

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    7. Study Questions Claims About Hypoallergenic Dogs

      July 12, 2011 -- If you are thinking about adopting a dog and someone in your household suffers from pet allergies, you may have been told that certain breeds, including the Portuguese water dog made famous when it was adopted by the Obamas, are less likely to cause symptoms. But this may be just a

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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