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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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