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FDA Warns Top National Bakery to Stop Listing Allergens in Products When They Aren't There

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent a warning letter to one of America's biggest bakeries, asking the company to stop claiming there are allergens such as sesame or nuts in products when in fact they are not there.

In a statement release...

Your Allergy Meds Come With Hazards: Be Aware

People with seasonal allergies often turn to over-the-counter and prescription medicines to relieve symptoms like coughing, sneezing, runny nose, congestion and itchy eyes, nose or throat.

But they often aren't aware that these meds -- including antihistamines -- have as much risk for potential side effects, drug interactions and overdose as other drugs.

"All medicines have side eff...

Watchdog Group Says U.S. Food Recalls Rose Again Last Year

U.S. recalls of foods for salmonella, foreign objects or undeclared allergens are rampant nowadays and the highest they've been since 2020, a watchdog group warns.

"Everyone needs to do better: food producers, regulators and lawmakers,” said Teresa Murray, consumer watchdog at U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). "We shouldn't...

Planning Safe Summer Camp Fun for Kids With Allergies & Asthma

Preparing a kid for summer camp is already a daunting task, and it's even more complicated if your child has allergies or asthma, experts say.

"Kids with allergies and asthma need an extra layer of protection when they head off to summer camp,” said allergist Dr. Gailen Marshall Jr., president of the Amer...

Know Your Spring Allergens and the Meds That Can Help

Spring is in the air, and along with it loads of tree, grass and weed pollen.

Sneezing, watery and itchy eyes, runny nose and all the other miseries of seasonal allergies can prevent a person from fully enjoying the season of rebirth.

Worse, seasonal allergies also can trigger or worsen asthma, or lead to health problems like sinus and ear infections, according to the U.S. Food and ...

Dangerous Allergies? An Expert Gives Tips to Protect Yourself

Allergic reactions can range from mild sneezing to life-threatening episodes where the throat closes and the airways tighten.

That's why people need to prepare themselves for any potential allergies they might have, said Dr. Sanjiv S...

Sun Plus Certain Foods, Meds Can Bring on 'Margarita Rashes'

Slicing some fresh limes for that margarita savored in the sun could be a bad combo for some people's skin, dermatologists warn.

Folks can break out in what are nicknamed "margarita rashes" if they are skin-sensitive to certain fruits or vegetables and then get sun exposure soon after. The medical term for these outbreaks is photocontact dermatitis.

"Sun sensitivity is a common cond...

Food Allergies in College 101: Tips to Cope

Food allergies are difficult to manage at any age, but college students face complex challenges when it comes to navigating the dangers posed by the possibility of life-threatening anaphylaxis.

A recent review published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the journal of the

  • Todd A. Mahr, MD, Executive Medical Director, American College Of Allergy, Asthma And Immunology HealthDay Reporter
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  • Is It Allergies or Sinusitis? Many Folks Are Misdiagnosed

    What if you'd been treated for years for a condition, only to find out that you'd long ago been misdiagnosed?

    That's what's happening to a sizable number of Americans who are taking allergy meds (to little effect) when in fact they have chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), a new study contends.

    "We have seen so many patients suffer for so long due to the confusion between allergies and CRS...

    What Is Chronic Sinusitis, and How Is it Treated?

    Stuffy, sneezing, miserable: folks plagued by chronic sinusitis know the feeling all too well.

    Experts at University of Cincinnati Health say it's also an all-too-common affliction, affecting an estimated 14.6% of Americans.

    What is chronic sinusitis?

    The sinuses are air-filled spaces in the skull at the back of the face, and they rely on mucus to stay moist a...

    Spring Allergies Have Wide-Ranging Effects

    Spring allergies bring to mind thoughts of stuffy noses and watery eyes.

    But allergies actually affect many different and interconnected systems within a person's body, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

    "Spring allergens such as pollen, mold spores and other airborne particles not only trigger nasal allergies, but also can have a profound e...

    Allergy Alert: What Could New Guidelines on Anaphylaxis Mean for You?

    If you or someone close to you suffers from severe allergic reactions, you have probably heard there are new recommendations out that offer guidance on the diagnosis, management and treatment of anaphylaxis.

    The latest guidelines come from Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters, a partnership between the

    Mom's Opioid Use in Pregnancy Raises Child's Asthma, Eczema Risk

    Fetal exposure to opioids may change a baby's immune system, triggering a rise in risks for eczema and asthma through early childhood, new research shows.

    Children born to women who used opioids during pregnancy had much higher rates of eczema, as well as conditions such as "diaper rash," during infancy, Australian researchers report.

    These children also went on to have significantl...

    Mouse Study Hints at New, Safe Way to Counter Allergies

    Allergic to peanuts? To cats? To pollen?

    A new targeted therapy may have the potential to help a person ward off an allergic reaction prompted by the specific source of their allergy, Northwestern University researchers report.

    The therapy uses nanoparticles to deactivate mast cells, which are the immune cells responsible for immediate allergic reactions.

    In a mouse study, the...

    Could Inhaling a Statin Help Ease Asthma, COPD?

    Drugs already used by millions to lower cholesterol might someday have a new role: Relieving asthma and COPD.

    That's the hope of a new line of research underway at the University of California, Davis.

    A study funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health is seeking to determine whether a "statin inhaler" might reduce the airway inflammation that makes breathing difficult for folk...

    Winter Is Prime Time for Indoor Allergies

    Folks with allergies might want to breathe a deep, sneeze-free sigh of relief when winter rolls around.

    Unfortunately, the cold weather that puts pollen-producing trees and grass to sleep can also keep a person cooped up inside -- increasing their risk of indoor allergies.

    Millions of people suffer from indoor allergies caused by dust mites, household pets, cockroaches and mold, the...

    Is a Gluten-Free Diet Right for You?

    Chances are you know at least one person who's given up eating gluten. Maybe you've even given it up yourself. But who can really benefit from a gluten-free diet?

    "Gluten is one of the main proteins found in wheat, barley and rye," said Dr. Joseph Levy, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone, in New York City. "It's actually a group of proteins and...

    Resolve to Keep Your Allergies, Asthma in Check in 2024

    If you're one of the 50 million Americans with asthma or allergies, 2024 is another year to redouble efforts to manage them.

    But how?

    "It's not always easy to get allergies and asthma under control,” allergist Dr. Gailen Marshall, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunolog...

    Following Disasters, Untreated Mold Sends Many to Hospitals

    Climate change-driven hurricanes, floods and superstorms are threatening to create a surge in mold growth in people's homes, sickening residents and robbing them of breath.

    Local hospitals witness a nearly twofold increase in diagnoses related to mold exposure following a storm-related natural disaster, according to a study being presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Co...

    Ragweed, Mold & More: Get Ready for Fall Allergies

    While the hot, dry summer may have offered a break to people with some environmental allergies, that reprieve could be over.

    Ragweed and mold are in the air this fall.

    "This summer was good news for people who are sensitive to mold and pollen as there were little of those allergens in the air, but now that we're seeing more rain coming in after this drought, we're experiencing a big...

    Seniors, Here Are the Meds That Can Harm Your Driving Skills

    Some common medications -- including antidepressants, sleep aids and painkillers -- may dull the driving skills of seniors, a new study finds.

    Many different medication classes have been linked to the risk of driving impairment, as anyone who has ever read the label warning "do not operate heavy machinery" might have guessed.

    But the new study took a particularly rigorous approach t...

    Kids With Eczema May Need Further Allergy Tests

    Some children who have a common form of eczema should also be tested for allergic reactions because they may have a second allergic-type eczema, a new study suggests.

    While atopic dermatitis is common and usually develops by age 5, allergic contact dermatitis has similar symptoms and can be triggered by a range of substances. In general, eczema is a group of medical conditions causing in...

    FDA Wants More Data on First Needle-Free Antidote for Severe Allergic Reactions

    In a surprising move, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has opted not to approve a needle-free alternative to the EpiPen for emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions.

    Approval of the Neffy nasal spray was widely anticipated. An FDA advisory panel voted to recommend approval of the drug for children and adults in May. While the FDA is not obligated to follow the advice of...

    Healthy, Diverse Infant Microbiome Could Shield Kids From Asthma

    Babies who have more mature microbes in their gut are less likely to have allergy-related wheezing and asthma in early childhood, according to new research.

    "Our studies on the Barwon Infant Study showed that a more mature infant gut microbiota at one year of age...

    Back-to-School Tips on Preventing Asthma, Allergy Flares in Kids

    Heading back to school requires supplies and planning for all, but if you're a parent of a child with allergies or asthma then you have even more to consider.

    "The start of a new school year is exciting for some, but for parents of children with allergies and asthma, their thoughts are probably on keeping their child free from triggers that can cause allergic reactions,” said allergist ...

    Stay Independent of Allergies, Asthma This July Fourth

    As outdoor gatherings begin for the Fourth of July holiday, a leading asthma and allergy group is offering suggestions on how to avoid those seasonal symptoms.

    "The Fourth of July is a great time to gather with friends and family and celebrate summer,” said Dr. Kathleen May, president of the...

    This Summer, Know Your Risk for Insect Sting Allergy

    If you're dreaming of the perfect summer vacation, one element certain to be excluded from that scenario would be an allergic reaction to a stinging insect.

    Whether you're planning to travel within the United States or to a foreign locale, you'll need to take precautions against stinging insects, especially if you've had an allergic reaction to a sting in the past.

    According to a r...

    The Most Common Symptoms for Seasonal Allergies, Food Allergies & More

    Maybe you can't weed your garden without sneezing. Perhaps your eyes start watering when you clean your home. Did your skin begin itching last night during dinner?

    You may have an allergy, but you're not alone. More than 50 million adults and children in the United States have a bad reaction to pollen, dust, mold, pet dander and other common allergens, according to the

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  • May 22, 2023
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  • FDA Panel Recommends Approval of First Nasal Spray to Combat Severe Allergy Attacks

    Outside advisors for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration voted Thursday to recommend approval of Neffy, the first epinephrine nasal spray for severe allergic reactions.

    Although most of the Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee members supported the spray for adults (16:6) and children (17:5), key questions linger about whether more data is needed from its maker, ARS Pharmaceutical...

    The Most Common Allergy Medicines

    If you suffer from allergies, you know how bothersome and uncomfortable the sneezing and itchy eyes can be. These symptoms are more than irritating -- they impact day-to-day activities like work, school, sports, sleeping and even eating.

    Not only that, but allergies can also cause more serious health problems such as asthma and even anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction.

    Latex Allergy: What It Is, Causes, Symptoms & Treatments

    Having a latex allergy is no fun, but it can be a real challenge for health professionals who have to work with a wide variety of medical equipment that can contain the allergen.

    Latex allergy can trigger a range of symptoms, from itchy hives and rashes to life-threatening anaphylaxis. While StatPearls estimates that it

  • Ann Schreiber HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 9, 2023
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  • Vacations Are No Time to Take a Holiday From Allergy & Asthma Treatments

    Summer is almost here, and its arrival brings opportunities for many people -- including those who suffer with allergies and asthma -- to plan vacations away from home.

    A recent article titled "Allergies don't take a vacation” in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology encourages those wit...

    Black, Hispanic Patients With Severe Allergies Less Likely to Get Allergy Shots

    Seasonal allergies are more common among Black and Hispanic people, but these patients are less likely to get the shots that could ease their symptoms, researchers say.

    "We already know that these underrepresented populations are more likely to suffer from allergic rhinitis [hay fever],” said researcher

    FDA Approves Drug for Cats With Allergic Skin Disease

    Cats constantly licking and chewing because of a skin condition called feline allergic dermatitis may benefit from a new generic treatment approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    The FDA approved Modulis for Ca...

    Having Asthma, Eczema Might Raise Arthritis Risk

    If you're one of the millions of people with allergic asthma or eczema, you may be more likely to develop the wear-and-tear form of arthritis as you age.

    This is the main finding from a new study that examined the risk of developing osteoarthritis among people with the two allerg...

    Don't Let Allergies Get Out of Hand During Pregnancy

    Pregnancy should be a special time, but allergies can make you miserable.

    It is estimated that up to 20% of pregnant women suffer with allergies.

    In some cases, women may notice that their allergy symptoms become even more troublesome during pregnancy. This may be due to hormonal changes. Interestingly, some women's allergies stay the same or even disappear while pregnant.

    I...

    • Todd A. Mahr, MD, Executive Medical Director, American College Of Allergy, Asthma And Immunology HealthDay Reporter
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    How Metal Implants Could Mess Up Your Skin

    Many patients worry that receiving a metal implant might set off their metal allergy, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

    "Cases in which patients are inquiring about a metal allergy as it relates to their metal implants -- including joint replacements, rods, pins, screws, plates, certain neurologic and cardiac devices such as pacemakers, and dental devices -- are becoming m...

    Parents, Plan Now for Allergy-Free Summer Camp

    Planning for a safe summer camp experience requires some extra steps if your child has asthma or allergies.

    An allergy expert noted that it's a huge concern for parents.

    “Most kids heading off to summer camp for the first time wonder how they'll cope sleeping in a cabin with 10 other kids, if they'll make friends, and what exactly is in the bug juice,” said allergist

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  • March 12, 2023
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  • Got a Mold Allergy? Here's How to Tell

    About 1,000 species of mold exist and -- as allergy sufferers likely know -- they're everywhere.

    Even if you have a mold allergy, it's possible to make life a little easier, through avoidance, medications and reducing the mold around you, according to a blog from Ochsner Health, a Louisiana-based health syst...

    Is an Allergy to a COVID Vaccine Always Real? Placebo Trial Casts Doubt

    Allergic reactions to the Pfizer or Moderna COVID vaccines are very rare, and a new study questions whether many of those that do occur are even real.

    In a small new study of 16 people who said they'd experienced an allergic reaction to a dose of the Pfizer vaccine, those who got a follow-up placebo (fake) vaccine were more likely to complain of another round of "allergic" reacti...

    Living Near Busy Road Could Raise Your Odds for Eczema

    How close a person lives to a major road could have an impact on their eczema risk.

    New research suggests that folks who live farther from one are less likely to develop the skin condition.

    A 13-year medical chart review focused on patients in Denver, from infants to age 18.

    Those w...

    Not Allergic to Penicillin After All? Your Pharmacy May Not Know

    When testing determines that a patient who was thought to be allergic to penicillin actually is not, the warning is expected to be removed from their charts and pharmacy records.

    But that "de-labeling" is not always happening.

    “Penicillin allergy labels are associated with increased health care cost burdens as well as adverse events for patients,” said lead author

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  • February 14, 2023
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  • Allergists Less Likely to Check Black Kids for Eczema

    Doctors have dubbed kids' progression from eczema to asthma the "atopic march," and they know more about how it affects white children than their Black counterparts.

    Research scheduled for presentation at an upcoming meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) sheds new light on racial disparities.

    The atopic march typically begins early in life with ato...

    About 1 in 3 American Adults Has an Allergy

    If it seems as though everyone you know struggles with some sort of allergy, new research suggests you are not mistaken.

    As many as 1 in 3 adults and 1 in 4 kids suffers from a seasonal allergy, a food allergy or eczema, the latest government data shows.

    Caused by a reaction to plant pollen, seasonal allergies were most common type of allergy in both kids and adults. Symptoms includ...

    Make Curbing Allergies, Asthma Your New Year's Resolution

    Keeping allergies and asthma in check in the new year is a resolution worth keeping.

    With 2023 dawning, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology offers some suggestions for keeping symptoms under control all year long.

    "More than 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from allergic conditions," said allergist

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  • December 31, 2022
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  • Dangerous Myths Keep Many Adults With Food Allergies From Getting an EpiPen

    The EpiPen is a known lifesaver when someone with a serious food allergy eats something they can't tolerate.

    Yet the auto-injection treatment is greatly underused in the United States, according to a new survey.

    Just over half of at-risk adults said they had ever been prescribed the device, researchers found. And more than one-third of severe allergy sufferers mistakenly believe th...

    The Worst and Best Hours of the Day for Hayfever Sufferers

    When it comes to pollen allergies, there are not only bad days and bad seasons, experts with the right technology can now break down pollen counts by the hour.

    Specifically, pollen counts are lower between 4 a.m. and noon, a new study done in Georgia found. They're higher between 2 p.m. and 9 p...

    Your Smartphone Is a Haven for Allergens

    That smartphone in your hand could be triggering your allergies, a new study by an 18-year-old high school student suggests.

    A science fair project by Hana Ruran, of Hopkinton, Mass., found that cellphones are often loaded with cat and dog allergens, bacteria and fungi.

    “I have my phone always with me. It's always in my hand. I never put it down for anything,” said study author...

    Allergy Meds in Street Opioids Make Overdoses More Deadly

    A new study is sounding the alarm about the addition of antihistamines to street forms of opioids -- and how they might make a fatal overdose more likely.

    The prime drug in question is diphenhydramine, found commonly in over-the-counter allergy meds such as Benadryl.

    Because

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  • October 13, 2022
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  • Another Sports Bonus for Kids: Healthier Eyes

    Sometimes allergies can lead to pink, irritated eyes. But allergic conjunctivitis, or "pink eye" may have a simple fix: physical fitness.

    That's the conclusion of researchers in Taiwan who tracked health data of more than 1.2 million children. The kids were examined at age ...