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Allergies

Can You Take Quercetin for Your Allergies?

Plants make some compounds to defend themselves that can be helpful for people, too. Should you be taking the flavonol quercetin for your allergies?

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Allergies

Singulair – Montelukast Warning About Psych Side Effects

Singulair is sold as a generic allergy and asthma drug under the name montelukast. The FDA has just issued a montelukast warning about serious side effects.

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Allergies

Prednisone Withdrawal: Can You Ever Stop Corticosteroids?

Corticosteroids are prescribed to millions of people for a variety of medical conditions. Many may not be told about side effects or prednisone withdrawal.

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Allergies

Are Household Cleaners Harmful to Babies?

Babies exposed to the fumes from common household cleaners during their first few months are more likely to develop asthma as youngsters.

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Allergies

Are Your Medicines Delivered in Cold Weather?

Do you get your medicines delivered? Many insurance companies require people to get their drugs through the mail. Are there concerns about cold temperature?

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Allergies

Do Doctors Know About Zyrtec Antihistamine Withdrawal ?

Why doesn't the FDA require a warning about cetirizine - Zyrtec antihistamine withdrawal on the OTC drug label? Ditto for levocetirizine (Xyzal). Help FDA!

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Allergies

Should You Use NasalCrom for Your Allergies?

Decongestant nose sprays can be used for only a few days before you risk becoming dependent. Using NasalCrom for your allergies is an alternative.

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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.

Young woman experiencing horrendous itching scratches her arm
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.