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  1. Expect Those Allergies to Get Worse

    March 28, 2002 -- Whether you're one of the millions already sniffling and sneezing, or you've never yet been bothered by seasonal allergies -- just wait. A Harvard study shows that global warming is directly affecting pollen production. And as our atmosphere becomes clogged with carbon dioxide, pla

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  2. Claritin to Be Sold Without Prescription

    March 8, 2002 -- The popular allergy drug Claritin may soon be available without a prescription. Schering-Plough, the drug's manufacturer, this April will ask an FDA advisory board to approve the plan. Full FDA approval is expected by the end of November 2002. Over-the-counter drugs usually cost abo

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  3. For Hay Fever, Steroid Nasal Sprays Are Best

    March 6, 2002 -- If you're fighting hay fever with Claritin or Singulair, you may want to switch to Flonase. It's cheaper and seems to be more effective in curbing the sneezing, runny nose, and congestion. A new study compares these three leading hay fever medications, finding that Flonase (a nasal

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  4. New Hay Fever Treatment

    March 2, 2002 -- Hay fever victims, here's one more shot at relief. Instead of years of allergy shots -- which only help marginally -- researchers have come up with another solution that seems to be even better. It's a new, improved treatment -- just six allergy shots, total -- that substantially re

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  5. Echinacea Linked to Allergies

    Jan. 22, 2002 -- Echinacea was recently found to be one of the top 10 most popular herbs and supplements. But a new study shows that this herb shouldn't be taken lightly as it can cause life-threatening allergic reactions. Echinacea is commonly taken to help prevent colds and other infections. But a

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  6. Herbal Remedy Soothes Seasonal Allergies

    Jan. 18, 2002 -- A European study suggests that an obscure herbal supplement may be as powerful as the most effective antihistamine for treating the symptoms of hay fever, but an expert warns that it is way too soon to head to the health food store for it. Researchers in Switzerland report that seas

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  7. Steroid Nasal Sprays Bring Better Hay Fever Relief

    Nov. 27, 2001 -- Instead of popping antihistamines during allergy season, try nasal sprays instead. Looks like they're a better choice for getting long-term relief. In a study that compared leading steroid nasal sprays and antihistamines, people using the nasal sprays got more complete symptom relie

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  8. Are You a Sneezer, Wheezer, Sniffer, or Dripper?.

    Nov. 9, 2001 -- Dripping noses, aching sinuses, and hurricane-force sneezes send millions of people to the drugstore for over-the-counter remedies for hay fever. But nonprescription antihistamines and decongestants can have serious side effects, some of which you might not even notice while you're t

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  9. Catnip Fends Off Mosquitoes

    Aug. 28, 2001 -- Your cat's favorite herb may become yours too if you enjoy spending time in the great outdoors. The essential oil of catnip may be 10 times more potent than standard insect repellents in fighting off mosquitoes. Researchers at Iowa State University compared the essential oil of catn

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  10. Food Labels Failing Allergic Consumers, Say Groups

    Aug. 15, 2001 (Washington) -- Consumer groups urged the FDA at a meeting this week to enact regulations that would require food manufacturers to list any ingredients known to trigger allergic reactions -- such as peanuts, eggs, and milk -- on product labels, and to do so in simple language easily un

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