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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Spring Allergy Relief Can Be Hard to Find

    March 24, 2010 -- As the snow melts, seasonal allergy sufferers may be heading for relief indoors rather than enjoying the springtime weather. A new survey shows 60% of people with springtime allergies have limited success treating their itchy eyes, sinus pain, and scratchy throat. For nearly one in

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  5. 3 Questions About Pollen Allergies

    Do you suffer from frequent sneezing, congestion, watery eyes, and an itchy, runny nose? If so, you may have seasonal allergic rhinitis, often called hay fever. It strikes when pollen starts to fly. About 18 million U.S. adults and more than 7 million children suffer from hay fever, according to the

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  6. 3 Questions About Fragrance Allergies

    If you find yourself developing a killer headache when riding an elevator with someone who was a bit generous dabbing on the perfume, you have company. More than 2 million Americans have fragrance allergies or sensitivities -- and the number is on the rise. Although that person's perfume may have be

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  7. Could It Be an Allergy?

    Wondering if your nagging cold is actually an allergy? Or what about your new skin cream that made your hands break out? Distinguishing an allergy from a non-allergic condition is not always a clear-cut task. But knowing the difference can sometimes help you solve what's ailing you, which in turn co

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  8. 4 Reasons Your Allergies Aren't Improving

    Got allergies that don't seem to get better, no matter what you do? Check these four common reasons why allergies don't improve -- and what to do about it. Tightening up in these four areas may go a long way toward reducing allergy symptoms of all kinds. Nonadherence -- that is, not doing all you ca

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  9. Kids With Food Allergies Need Medicine Nearby

    March 3, 2010 (New Orleans) -- Some children with peanut allergies are at risk of potentially fatal allergic reactions because they don't have their lifesaving epinephrine medication on them at school, Canadian researchers report. At issue are autoinjectors such as EpiPen or Twinject -- syringes fil

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  10. Immune Therapy Cracks Egg, Peanut Allergies

    March 1, 2010 (New Orleans) -- An experimental treatment in which children with food allergies are fed tiny amounts of the very food to which they're allergic is allowing some kids with peanut allergies to enjoy peanut butter and some with egg allergies to eat scrambled eggs. Three new studies sugge

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