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  1. Should You Get Allergy Shots?

    Allergy shots don't cure allergies, but they should reduce your symptoms noticeably. They are best if you have severe allergy symptoms or symptoms that last more than three months every year, says Michael Land, MD. They can also help people who can't take allergy medicines because of side effects or

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  2. Asthma Drug Takes the Itch Out of Chronic Hives

    Feb. 25, 2013 (San Antonio, Texas) -- The asthma drug Xolair appears to be a safe and effective treatment for chronic hives, a new study shows.  The results of the study were presented at a news conference here at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) meeting. The results were

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  3. Acupuncture May Help Ease Hay Fever

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Hay fever sufferers may find some relief with acupuncture, a new study suggests, though the therapy's appeal in the "real world" is yet to be seen. The study, of 422 people with grass and pollen allergies, found that those randomly

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  4. Kids With Food Allergies Targets for Bullies

    Dec. 24, 2012 -- Colorado Springs high school junior Morgan Smith can’t remember a time when he didn’t have life-threatening food allergies. The 16-year-old had his first reaction to peanut butter at 9 months of age when he broke out in hives after touching his sister’s PBJ sandwich. He had his firs

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  5. Food Allergies Linked to Pesticides

    Dec. 3, 2012 -- People exposed to higher levels of certain germ- and weed-killing chemicals may also be more likely to develop food allergies, a new study shows. The chemicals are called dichlorophenols (DCPs). They are created by the breakdown of common pesticides, including chlorinated chemicals u

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  6. Best Diet for Nasal Allergies

    Could what you're eating affect your nasal allergies? It's possible. Here are some tips on which foods may help your nasal allergy symptoms -- and which foods are making them worse. Foods That May Help Warm fluids. Whether you're sipping tea or eating chicken soup, warm fluids help break up congesti

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  7. Cell Phone Shopping? You May Be Allergic to Some

    Nov. 9, 2012 -- If you're allergic to the metals nickel or cobalt, you may want to consider that when you pick a mobile phone. In a new study, researchers tested new and used mobile phones for nickel and cobalt. Some people are allergic to those metals. The allergies can cause skin redness, swelling

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  8. Global Warming May Double Pollen by 2040

    Nov. 9, 2012 -- If you're allergic to pollen, brace yourself. "By the year 2040, we will get about 1.5 to two times the amount of pollen that we have now," says Leonard Bielory, MD. Bielory is professor of environmental prediction at Rutgers University and attending physician at Robert Wood Johnson

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  9. Allergy Relief Tips Wherever You Go

    Do your allergies act up as soon as you set foot outside? Use these simple tips to reduce exposure to pollens, molds, and other allergens and enjoy the outdoors again. It’s rough when the plants you love don’t love you back. Here's how to make your time in the yard more pleasant: Choose the right pl

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  10. Foods That May Worsen Pollen Allergies

    What can you get when you cross a cantaloupe with a ragweed plant, or an apple with a birch tree? An itchy mouth. For many people with hay fever (seasonal allergies), eating cantaloupe can cause itching or hives in their mouths. Eating uncooked apples may do the same to people with birch pollen alle

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