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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. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. Xolair May Treat Milk Allergy in Kids

      March 21, 2011 -- A small new study suggests that children with severe milk allergies may be able to rapidly overcome their sensitivities with the help of a biologic drug that helps to quiet an overly aggressive immune response. The study appears to be so promising that if larger trials, which are u

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    10. Low Vitamin D Linked to Allergy Risk in Kids

      Feb. 25, 2011 -- Children who don’t get enough vitamin D may be at increased risk of developing allergies, new research indicates. Researchers in New York examined serum vitamin D levels in the blood of more than 3,100 children and adolescents and 3,400 adults. No association was found between low v

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