Allergies News & Features
- Dogs, Cats Could Lower Children's Allergy Risk
March 29, 2023 — A study finds that exposure to indoor cats and dogs in utero or early infancy leads to fewer allergy cases in children. Over 65,000 children were tested, and 22% who were exposed to pets had fewer food allergies than those who were not tested.
- Achoo! Pollen Seasons Are Getting Longer
March 8, 2023 — Climate change has caused temperatures to rise in 203 American cities since 1970, contributing to longer allergy seasons in more than 170 of them, the report by Climate Central says. Some areas of the country see first blooms weeks earlier.
- Weather Report: Cold, Then Hot, With Chance of a Runny Nose
February 24, 2023 — Recent extreme swings in temperature and weather across the U.S. can trigger health issues for many people, such as allergies, infections, or worsened heart conditions.
- Sesame Added to FDA’s Allergen Labeling Guidelines
January 4, 2023 — The federal government has added sesame to its list of major food allergens, which already includes milk, eggs, peanuts, and other dietary staples. Foods containing sesame must follow regulatory requirements on labeling and manufacturing.
- The Social Aspects of Living With Eosinophilic Esophagitis
Ryan Piansky has had eosinophilic esophagitis since he was 2 years old. Learn more about how he’s learned to navigate his social life with the condition.
- Childhood Allergies: Fleeting or Forever?
November 8, 2022 — People can outgrow allergies they had as children, and should get tested as adults, especially if their last allergic reaction was a while ago.
- Nasal Spray for Allergies Now Available Without a Prescription
July 12, 2022 — According to the product’s website, the medication costs anywhere from $15.99 to $24.99 at Target stores across the country.
- Food Allergy Test Breakthrough: Less Risk, More Useful Results
June 16, 2022 — What would you do if you believed you had a serious health issue, but the best way to find out for sure might kill you?
- How I Manage My Chronic Congestion
Chronic congestion is a common issue with nasal polyps. Get tips on how to manage them.
- Medications for Nasal Polyps
Doctors can treat nasal polyps. Find out what might work for you.
- Nasal Polyp Surgery: What to Expect
You might need surgery for nasal polyps if medicine doesn't help. Get details on what you can expect.
- Why Do I Have Nasal Polyps?
Nasal polyps are teardrop-shaped growths in your nose and sinuses. Find out more about what causes them.
- Children's Peanut Allergies: A Parent's Perspective
Tips for managing your child's peanut allergy, from one parent's point of view.
- Steps to Take for Your Child's Peanut Allergy Success
Learn how creating a food allergy action plan and educating your child about their peanut allergy can help keep them safe from allergic reactions.
- Who Needs to Be Aware of Your Child's Peanut Allergy?
Learn about which people who need to know that your child has a peanut allergy and find out what kind of information you need to share.
- Can Early Exposure Fix Food Allergies?
Evidence suggests that slow, sustained exposure to peanuts under a doctor’s care may cut the odds of an accidental reaction down the line in kids and adults.
- Antihistamines linked to male infertility
March 9, 2018 — New research carried out on animals is linking over-the-counter antihistamines, commonly taken for allergies, with impaired fertility in men.
- Fish oil in pregnancy 'cuts child allergy risk'
March 1, 2018 — Pregnant women who take fish oil supplements during the later stages of pregnancy and while breastfeeding may reduce the risk of childhood allergies, according to new research.
- Does breast milk prevent food allergies?
November 20, 2017 — New research suggests that pregnant women might be able to protect their offspring from common food allergies by eating some specific trigger foods such as peanuts and eggs, especially if they go on to breastfeed.
- Skin patch shows promise for peanut allergy
November 14, 2017 — Treating children and adults with peanut allergy using a skin patch has proved effective in preliminary trials, say doctors.
- Spare allergy pens now allowed in schools
October 2, 2017 — Schools in the UK are now permitted to keep spare auto-injectors to treat pupils who develop a severe allergic reaction.
- GPs to prescribe 2 auto injectors for severe allergies
August 22, 2017 — The medicines regulator MHRA has updated guidance to doctors on adrenaline auto-injectors (AAIs) for people with severe allergies to conform that 2 should now be prescribed.
- Peanut allergy treatment 'shows promise'
August 21, 2017 — A treatment for peanut allergy has been shown as effective for more than 4 years in a clinical trial.
- Food allergy rules 'help people to eat out more'
July 18, 2017 — A night out at a restaurant used to be fraught with dilemmas if you had food allergies or intolerances, but new research suggests problems have eased since the rules changed almost 3 years ago.
- Hayfever maps published for the UK
May 22, 2017 — Plant maps have been published to warn people about which hayfever 'hotspots' they should avoid.
- Kids’ Allergies: Is It Time to See an Allergist?
You’ve tried everything for your child’s seasonal allergies. Know when to call the doctor.
- Food Allergy Myths and Facts
Separate fact and fiction about food allergies, including the difference between an allergy and a sensitivity, whether children outgrow allergies, and more.
- How to Survive Spring Allergy Season
Get tips on how to manage your hay fever with drugs, nasal sprays, allergy shots, and more.
- Does Honey Prevent Allergies?
Some say a spoonful of honey makes the sneezing and sniffling symptoms of allergies go away. Here's what the experts say.
- 5 Ways to Beat Spring Allergies
Suffer from seasonal allergies? Here’s how to get fast, easy relief.
- 5 Housecleaning Tips for Families With Allergies
When you have allergies, keeping your home clean takes on a new importance. Get ideas on how to make it easier.
- How to Dodge Your Fall Allergies
Ragweed, hayrides, and apple picking can spur sneezes, a runny nose, hives, and more fall allergy symptoms.
- All About Nasal Allergies
Constant sneezing and runny nose? Don’t let nasal allergy symptoms ruin your day. Find help and learn how to manage your symptoms here.
- Adult-Onset Allergies
You might think allergies, skin tests, and shots are for kids. But if you’ve got a scratchy throat and sniffles, think again.
- 6 Foods That May Help Curb Your Allergies
Research suggests that following the right diet may help ease allergy symptoms in some people.
- Have Food Allergies? Still Enjoy Summer Spreads
Find out the steps you need to take so you can enjoy barbecues and picnics without having a reaction to your food allergy triggers.
- Get Ready for Spring Allergy Season
If you or your child has allergies, it’s important to prepare for a rise in pollen, bees, and even trigger foods in the spring.
- Do You Have a Cold or Allergies?
Can you tell the difference between a cold and allergies?
- Are Your Allergies Spoiling the Romance?
Don’t let food allergies, pet allergies, or seasonal allergies come between you and your new relationship.
- Allergies and Your Sinuses: Fighting Allergic Rhinitis
A guide to fighting nasal allergies, from prescription treatments to self-care.
- Sinus Problems: Home Remedies and Tips
Do you have sinus problems? Here's how to make your home kinder to your sinuses.
- Housecleaning Tips to Ease Allergies
Allergy and asthma symptoms getting you down? Take control with these simple cleaning strategies.
- Will Moving Help My Child's Allergies?
Switching locations might be tempting, one allergy expert says, but it's not guaranteed to bring relief.
- Should You Get Allergy Shots?
If you’ve got seasonal allergies, you might be considering allergy shots as the answer to all your sniffling and sneezing. Here’s the rundown on who should consider them.
- Smog: Not an Allergen, but an Irritant
Smoke + fog = Smog: What this pollutant can do to make your allergies and asthma symptoms worse.
- Does Your Child Have a Cold, or Is It Allergies?
WebMD helps you determine whether your child has a common cold or a case of allergies. Learn the symptoms and how to distinguish the two.
- 6 Ways to Keep Exercising With Allergies
If you’re an exerciser who loves the outdoors but suffers from allergies, try these tips to help you through pollen season.
- Preventing and Treating Mosquito Bites
Most mosquito bites cause just redness, swelling, and itching. But mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus. Here’s what to watch for.
- Surprisingly Ouchy Plants
Here are some ways to relieve the discomfort and treat skin abrasions from plants that sting and itch.