Contact Allergies Common in Eczema

Approximately one-third of children with Eczema may have one or more hidden contact allergies, possibly contributing to or maintaining the skin symptoms. Metals were the most common allergens among patch tested children with Eczema, nickel being the most common. Reactions to cobalt chloride and potassium dichromate were also frequent among the children […]

Allergy Shots Effective for Older Patients Too

Recent years have seen an increase in those suffering from allergies, including baby boomers. And because older people tend to have additional chronic diseases, diagnosis and management of allergic rhinitis (hay fever) can be a challenge. A new study shows immunotherapy (allergy shots) reduced symptoms by 55 percent after three […]

FDA Clears First Epinephrine Autoinjector for Infants

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first and only epinephrine autoinjector (EAI) specifically designed for the treatment of life-threatening allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, in infants and children weighing 16.5 to 33 pounds (7.5 to 15 kg), according to a company statement. Auvi-Q is a compact epinephrine […]

Allergy to Grains, Fruits and Vegetables

A survey of 785 adults in the Netherlands, using validated questionnaires found that 6.25% were avoiding wheat due to reported symptoms related to gluten ingestion. The most popular use of a wheat-free diet is to alleviate symptoms related to irritable bowel disorder (IBS); however, it is possible that only one-third of […]

Food Allergy vs. Intolerance: Knowing the Difference

Food allergies affect roughly five to eight percent of all children. A food allergy diagnosis can dramatically alter one’s life as it requires constant vigilance during meals and snacks and preparation in case a severe allergic reaction occurs. While many people experience various symptoms after eating certain foods, it is […]

Sinus Infection

Overview Sinus infection (known as sinusitis) is a major health problem. It afflicts 31 million people in the United States. Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on over-the-counter medications to treat it. Sinus infections are responsible for 16 million doctor visits and $150 million spent on prescription medications. […]

Flu vaccine is safe for those with severe egg allergy

The flu is responsible for the hospitalization of more than 21,100 children under the age of five annually. Yet according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), up to 2 percent of children may not be receiving the vaccination this year. The reason? The flu shot has […]

Asthma during Pregnancy

One in 10 pregnant women worldwide has asthma. Asthma symptoms worsen in one-third of women, improve in one-third, and remain similar in another third;[7] however, these changes are variable from woman to woman, and pregnancy to pregnancy. At least 20 to 45% of women have been reported to have an exacerbation of asthma […]