The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Allergies

Will You Breathe Better by Cutting Out Dairy?

One reader found a way to greatly improve hay fever symptoms: cutting out dairy. Would this work against your sniffles and sneezes?

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Allergies

Can You Stop Zyrtec Without Horrendous Itching?

After some people have taken cetirizine (Zyrtec) or levocetirizine (Xyzal) for months or years, they may develop horrendous itching when they stop.

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Allergies

Will New Epinephrine Shot Be More Affordable?

Novartis has brought out a new epinephrine shot for emergency use in case of allergic reactions. Called Symjepi, it costs less than EpiPen.

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Allergies

Why Sterile Water Is Best to Flush Sinuses

You can use a saline solution made with salt and sterile water to wash out your nasal passages and clear your sinuses during allergy season.

David B. Peden, MD, MS, expert on seasonal allergies
Podcasts

Show 1166: How Can You Manage the Misery of Seasonal Allergies?

Seasonal allergies can make you miserable, but a combination of medication and common-sense measures can help you manage the symptoms.

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Allergies

Can You Ease Sinus Woes by Avoiding Dairy?

One reader found that dropping dairy products eliminated sinus woes. Could this be a symptom of a food allergy?

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Allergies

Can You Overcome Allergies with Xlear?

Xlear nasal spray can help clear pollen from nasal passage to ease allergy symptoms. Saline solution may also be useful against allergies.

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Allergies

Will Tick Bites Make You Allergic to Red Meat?

Scientists have found that tick bites from two species, not just one, can trigger alpha-gal allergy to mammalian meat.

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Allergies

The Itch That Won’t Quit | Itching After Stopping Xyzal (Levocetirazine)

The FDA responded to our questions about itching after stoping Xyzal or Zyrtec. See what you think about the answer. Should people be warned about this?

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Allergies

Nighttime Nasal Congestion | Is There a Non-Addictive Treatment?

When you cannot breathe through your nose it can be hard to get a good night's sleep. Nighttime nasal congestion is tricky to treat. Here are some ideas.

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Allergies

What’s Your Personal Invisible Cloud Made of?

Each of us is surrounded by an exposome–an invisible cloud of bacteria, viruses, fungi and volatile compounds that can have an effect on our health.

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Allergies

Is It Safe to Use NasalCrom for Years?

Some people control their allergies with the preventative nasal spray NasalCrom for years. No red flags have been raised about long-term safety.

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Allergies

Can Quercetin Control Your Allergy Symptoms?

The plant compound quercetin may be as effective as NasalCrom at preventing allergy symptoms. One reader has found it works even better.

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Allergies

Can You Overcome an Afrin Addiction?

One reader reports that spicy green chile salsa would open up the sinuses enough to help break an Afrin addiction. Others have used steroid nasal sprays or even saline spray to accomplish this goal.

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Allergies

Allergy Symptoms? | NasalCrom to the Rescue!

What do you take for your allergy symptoms? Antihistamines? Steroid nasal sprays? Decongestants? Have you ever heard of NasalCrom (cromolyn sodium)? It might be a good choice.

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Allergies

A Walk Down the Aisle of Allergy Meds

There are a lot of different allergy meds available without prescription. Here's help in choosing the right one for you.

Woman using an EpiPen Epinephrine injector into her leg
Allergies

Are You Highly Allergic? What To Do About EpiPen Shortage?

The FDA has just warned about an EpiPen shortage. What took the agency so long? Read a tale of woe and intrigue about a life-saving drug.

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Allergies

You Don’t Have to Be a Farmer to Benefit from the Farm

A Dutch study shows that you don't have to be a farmer to have immune system benefits from exposure to animals and their microbes. People who live near farms have fewer allergies.

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Allergies

How to Treat Seasonal Allergies: Drugs or Natural Approaches?

Are you sniffling and sneezing. Congestion? Pollen is in the air even if you can't see it. If you are starting to suffer there are many ways to treat seasonal allergies.

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Allergies

How Can You Allergy-Proof Your Bedroom to Control Congestion?

Health professionals often prescribe drugs to control allergy symptoms. What if you could allergy-proof your home to eliminate the source of the problem.