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  1. Butterbur May Be Effective Hay Fever Remedy

    Aug. 22, 2005 -- An herbal product derived from the leaves of the butterbur plant was found to be as effective for treating hay fever as a widely used antihistamine. But concerns remain about the safety of unregulated products containing the plant extract sold in the United States. The Swiss study w

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  2. Most Americans Allergic to 1 or More Triggers

    Aug. 5, 2005 - A growing number of Americans are allergic to at least one or more common allergy-causing substances, like dust mites, rye grass, and ragweed. A nationwide health survey shows that 54% of Americans aged 6 to 59 had a positive skin allergy test to at least one of 10 common allergy trig

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  3. Allergy Relief: Astelin Edges Zyrtec

    May 19, 2005 -- Hay fever sufferers may get better relief from a nasal antihistamine than from an oral antihistamine, a clinical trial shows. Astelin is a twice-a-day nasal spray. Zyrtec is a once-a-day pill. Both significantly relieved the runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose, and nasal congestion of s

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  4. Using Nasal Sprays Only When Needed Can Ease Allergy Symptoms

    April 25, 2000 --Doctors now recommend daily use of steroid nasal sprays for many patients whose seasonal allergies cause sniffling, sneezing, and stuffiness. But a new study shows that simply using the sprays when they're needed can relieve nasal congestion. Allergic rhinitis affects 20 to 40 milli

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  5. Worst Cities for Spring Allergies

    April 22, 2005 -- As spring blossoms, so do allergies, especially in Southeastern cities. This year, spring allergies have been worst in Lexington, Ky., according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's annual ranking. Here is the AAFA's list of the 10 worst U.S. cities for spring allergie

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  6. Allergies Are on the Rise

    April 15, 2005 -- April truly is the cruelest month for allergy sufferers, bringing nasal-assaulting tree pollen along with all those lovely spring flowers. If you live in a current pollen hot spot like Atlanta; Austin, Texas; or Hartford, Conn., it may seem like more people than ever are sniffling,

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  7. New Treatment May Scratch Out Cat Allergies

    March 28, 2005 - A new therapy may one day allow humans to lick their cat allergies and perhaps even take a bite out of food allergies, a new study suggests. Researchers tested a novel protein in mice bred to be allergic to cats and in human cells made to react to cat allergens. They found the thera

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  8. Immunotherapy Benefits Last After Shots Stop

    March 23, 2005 -- Immunotherapy Immunotherapy may keep your allergies at bay long after the shots stop, according to a new study. Researchers found people who had immunotherapy, which consists of repeated shots containing low levels of allergy-causing substances (allergens), were still reaping the b

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  9. Treating Allergies Without Shots

    March 18, 2005 -- Under-the-tongue medications may safely treat allergies in little kids and ease dust mite allergies in adults. Two new Italian studies report favorable results with under-the-tongue treatments called sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) that boost immunity to allergy triggers. The studi

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  10. Allergy Major Cause of 'Toxic Mold Syndrome'

    Feb. 24, 2005 -- Mold allergies -- not mold poisoning -- cause most cases of " toxic mold syndrome ," new study explains. But the study also shows that many cases of mold-linked illness can't be explained by allergic reactions. The report, by allergists David A. Edmondson, DO, Jordan N. Fink, MD, an

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