The itchy rash of eczema, also sometimes called atopic dermatitis, can be painful and unsightly.
March 4, 2015 Just a rash? Not if you have eczema. People with eczema often have a hard time finding appropriate health care and are apt to miss work dealing with the chronic skin problem, a study finds.
February 23, 2015 Swedish kids growing up in families that wash their dishes by hand are less likely to develop certain allergies than those in families with dishwashers, a study suggests. But there may be more to it.
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February 2, 2015 Over-the-counter remedies can help a lot if your stuffy, drippy nose is caused by allergies, new guidelines say. Acupuncture might help, too, but there's no evidence that herbal remedies do a thing.
People with severe allergies often carry an epinephrine pen to stop life-threatening reactions.
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December 2, 2014 Mom may be more up to speed on the right treatment for life-threatening allergic reactions than doctors, a study finds. Epinephrine should be the first and fastest choice for treatment.
To keep children healthy, it may take a city that's dirty in just the right way.
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June 6, 2014 It was widely thought that the grunge in inner-city housing was causing high rates of asthma. But now it looks like being exposed to just the right kinds of bacteria and vermin actually helps.
Could this be the end of grass and gesundheit?
April 3, 2014 Allergy shots work, but they're inconvenient and painful. Now there are pills that can help people tolerate grass pollen. But allergies are rarely limited to grass alone.
The glasses aren't going to help with your allergies. But some inventors think that a tiny dust-blocking device might.
March 11, 2014 Tiny Nose Filters sounds like a prog-rock band on NPR. But these filters do exist. They're designed to block allergens, and one study says they help. Other allergists aren't yet convinced.
November 4, 2013 Bacteria aren't all bad for you. In fact, they may well be the reason you're healthy.
Sucking may be one of the most beneficial ways to clean a baby's dirty pacifier, a study found
May 6, 2013 Instead of rinsing off the pacifier when it falls out of your baby's mouth, new research suggests that sucking it clean for them could help keep them from developing eczema and asthma. Researchers say the harmless bacteria in parents' saliva works by stimulating the babies' immune system.
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Otolaryngologist Sandra Lin uses under-the-tongue drops to treat patients with allergies at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
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March 27, 2013 Drops under the tongue to treat allergies sounds a lot nicer than allergy shots. A new review in JAMA says they're moderately effective, and relatively safe. But they're also not FDA-approved. Still, doctors, including an author of the study, are prescribing them off-label.
Hairdresser Paramjit Kaur paints a traditional Indian henna design on a client's hand in Kent, Wash.
March 25, 2013 Henna tattoos have become a popular beach souvenir and tween fashion accessory. But some are made not with the henna plant, but with a chemical that can cause a painful allergic reaction, the Food and Drug Administration warns.
The sting of Solenopsis invicta, the red imported fire ant, is well known to many in the Southern United States, but immunotherapy is possible.
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March 4, 2013 Fire ant stings are a painful fact of life in the South. Sometimes the stings can cause fatal allergic reactions. Yet many people who know they're allergic aren't getting allergy shots that could protect them.
Contact with animals and dirty environments may be one reason farm kids are less likely to get allergies, researchers say.
June 11, 2012 Soaring rates of allergies among children in recent decades have researchers puzzled. One theory says we're too clean, so kids' immune systems never learn how to deal with foreign invaders — even the harmless ones. Researchers now hope they'll find some answers by studying kids on farms.
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Maybe the kids would be healthier if Mom skipped this sometimes.
March 23, 2012 The so-called hygiene hypothesis is right. Scientists say they've figured out how exposure to germs in infancy reduces the risk of allergies and other immune system problems.
November 8, 2011 Allergists see an uptick in problems reported by people sensitive to chemicals in products used to freshen up the home. The symptoms can be mistaken for allergies, but the treatment is different.
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