Allergy

Are allergies linked to anxiety and depression?

Researchers from Germany and Switzerland have recently investigated the possible associations between conditions relating to mental health, such as depression and anxiety, and the presence of different types of allergy. Their findings, they say, should prompt scientists to pay more attention to these links. New research identifies an association between generalized anxiety and the presence […]

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Benadryl (diphenhydramine)

What is Benadryl? Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a brand-name, over-the-counter medication that’s classified as an antihistamine. It’s used to help relieve symptoms of hay fever (seasonal allergies), other allergies, and the common cold, as well as itchy skin due to insect bites, hives, and other causes. Benadryl is effective for decreasing itchy skin from hives. It’s […]

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How to tell if a sore throat is from an allergy or a cold

Pain, irritation, scratchiness, and swelling are common symptoms of a sore throat. Allergies, common colds, the flu, and other respiratory infections can all cause a sore throat. Knowing what has caused a sore throat allows a person to treat it more effectively. Sore throats due to allergies, colds, and the flu generally respond well to […]

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93 percent of medications contain ‘potential allergens’

According to a recent study, many of the medicine ingredients that people consider to be inactive may, in fact, cause health problems for some consumers. Are the inactive ingredients in pills truly inactive? Alongside the active components in medicines, there is almost always a list of other ingredients. Manufacturers add these inactive components for a […]

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How to manage a polyester allergy

Polyester is a synthetic fiber present in a lot of clothing and other fabrics. In some people, coming into direct contact with polyester-based fabrics can cause a skin reaction. In this article, we look at the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of a polyester allergy. What is a polyester allergy? Polyester is common in clothes, bedding, […]

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What are the effects of black mold exposure?

Black mold can infest homes or other buildings, especially in damp areas. Long-term exposure to black mold is potentially harmful to health and may cause a range of symptoms. In this article, we explain what black mold is and look at the effects it can have on a person’s health. We also discuss how to […]

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How to use cromolyn sodium to treat allergies

Cromolyn sodium is an over-the-counter medication for treating nasal allergies. It comes as a nasal solution and works best when a person uses it before they come into contact with the substance that triggers their allergy. Allergic reactions occur when the body’s immune system mistakenly responds to harmless substances known as allergens. Allergies that affect […]

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What to know about bee sting allergies

People with a bee sting allergy often worry about spending time outdoors in the summer months. People who have never been stung may fear that they could be allergic. For most people, a bee sting only produces temporary pain and irritation at the site of the sting. For others, bee stings cause an allergic reaction […]