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How to Allergy-Proof Your Home May 3rd, 2024

About 81 million women, men, and children in the United States have seasonal allergies, otherwise known as hay fever. And many people with allergies have more than just hay fever. During an allergic reaction, your body goes into attack mode when you breathe in otherwise innocuous substances, such as pollen,...

Did You Know That the Day After a Rainstorm, Pollen Counts Rise, Triggering Allergy Symptoms? Apr 17th, 2024

Seasonal allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis or hay fever, affect approximately 67 million adults and 14 million children in the United States. That’s a lot of runny noses, itchy eyes, and general malaise for a good portion of the year. If you have pollen allergies, you might think that...

Will I Always Have Eczema? Mar 5th, 2024

Eczema is a group of skin conditions that affects approximately 32 million women, men, and children in the United States. Eczema usually appears early in life. If you’ve had itchy, dry skin since you were a child, you probably have a form of eczema, such as:  Atopic dermatitis Contact dermatitis...

Here's When to See a Doctor About Your Cough Feb 7th, 2024

Irritants and mucus in your throat trigger the reflex that you know as a cough. Coughs clear your throat of everything from smoke to viruses, and the air from a cough travels through your throat at the rate of about 50 miles per hour. It’s normal to cough every once...

Do Hives Go Away on Their Own? Jan 12th, 2024

Hives, also known as urticaria, are raised bumps, welts, or rashy areas on your skin that occur as a reaction to something you touched, inhaled, or ate. They can appear suddenly, out of nowhere, and you may not even know why you got them. You also may get hives from...

The Link Between Your Earache and Your Sinuses Dec 3rd, 2023

Earaches can be excruciating. Although they’re common in children, whose eustachian tubes are shorter and oriented more horizontally, adults develop earaches, too. An earache could have a number of causes, including: Swimmer’s ear Allergies Jaw arthritis Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder Ear injury  Obstruction due to an object or excess earwax ...

3 Key Components of Every Asthma Action Plan Nov 2nd, 2023

Asthma is a chronic condition that makes breathing difficult. If you have asthma, the airways in your lungs can become inflamed and narrow. You may find yourself gasping to try to get enough air into your lungs. If you’ve been diagnosed with asthma, you should always carry quick-action medication, such...

4 Risk Factors for Chronic Sinus Infections Oct 3rd, 2023

Sinuses are pairs of hollow, air-filled cavities around your nose, eyes, and forehead. Your sinuses produce mucus to keep your nasal passages lubricated and reduce the number of pathogens that reach your lungs. Sinus infections usually develop due to exposure to bacteria or viruses. When you have sinusitis, the tissues...

Anaphylaxis Prevention: How to Avoid This Serious Allergic Reaction Sep 6th, 2023

Anaphylaxis is a sudden, severe reaction to an allergen that can be life-threatening. About one in 20 women, men, and children in the United States have experienced at least one episode of anaphylaxis. Half of adults with food allergies have had an anaphylactic reaction. If you have allergies, you’re at risk for anaphylaxis,...

What's Causing My Eczema? 10 Common Triggers Aug 7th, 2023

An estimated 31.6 million women, men, and children in the United States suffer from an inflammatory skin condition called eczema, which is characterized by scaly, rough, itchy patches. There are several different types of eczema: Atopic dermatitis: dry, itchy skin Contact dermatitis: reaction to allergens on your skin Dyshidrotic eczema:...

What Causes Asthma? Jul 14th, 2023

Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory lung disease that narrows your airways and causes shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and chest pain. About 21 million Americans age 18 and older have asthma, as do approximately 5 million children and teens.  You’re more likely to have asthma if you’re a woman than if you’re a...

5 Tips for Beating Allergy Attacks Jun 8th, 2023

Every year in the United States, more than 50 million women, men, and children suffer from some type of allergy. Seasonal allergies from pollen and ragweed are most common, but you can be allergic to almost anything, including your own pets and the foods you eat. If you have allergies, you may not...

How to Tell If Your Cough Requires a Visit to Your Provider May 24th, 2023

Coughing is a form of self-protection. A cough is your body’s way of expelling irritants, pathogens, mucus, and other fluids from your airway, and it’s an automatic reflex, such as sneezing or blinking. Coughs are powerful forces: They move air through your throat at speeds near 50 miles per hour....

5 Ways to Treat Your Chronic Hives Apr 14th, 2023

What’s the worst thing about the raised red bumps and welts appearing on your skin for weeks? For most people who develop chronic hives, the most aggravating thing about them isn’t how they look or the itchy discomfort they cause but not knowing why they appear in the first place. ...