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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. Kids' Allergy Shots Cut Health Care Costs

      Jan. 14, 2010 -- Allergy shots are no fun for kids. However, for children with hay fever (or allergic rhinitis), the shots are likely to reduce medications and doctor visits, according to a new study. Allergic rhinitis is the third most common chronic disease in American children, with up to 40% of

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    9. Food Allergies on the Rise in Children

      Nov. 16, 2009 -- Food allergies in children, including peanut allergy, have increased by nearly 20% in the last 10 years, and certain ethnic groups may be harder hit than others. A new study shows reports of food allergies in children rose by 18% from 1997-2007 while ambulatory care visits to treat

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    10. Dangerous Anaphylaxis Waiting Game

      Nov. 9, 2009 - More than 40% of people suffering a potentially life-threatening episode of anaphylaxis wait before seeking medical attention, according to a new study. Researchers say it's a dangerous waiting game, and more education is needed to urge people with severe allergies to seek first aid a

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