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  1. 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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  2. Nasal Spray: Are You Overdoing It?

    Spring is here, which for millions of people means itchy noses, watery eyes, and nasal congestion. For many allergy sufferers, relief is often just a quick spritz away; prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) nasal sprays are one of the most common ways to treat nasal congestion caused by allergies

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Does Your Child Have a Cold, or Is it Allergies?

    For a week, you've wiped your preschooler's runny nose all day long, then listened to her cough in her sleep all night. She's been looking and feeling miserable, and you want to help her get better, but you aren't sure exactly how to categorize her symptoms. Is it a cold, or does she have allergies?

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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