Allergies & Asthma

Nut allergies are among the most common food allergies, and they include reactions to almonds, walnuts, and pecans. An allergy to peanuts, however, is not technically a nut allergy. Many of the 1.2% of people in the United States who are allergic to peanuts may mistakenly believe that they have a nut allergy, but peanuts
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An allergy is the immune system’s reaction to a foreign substance, or allergen, in the body. Typical symptoms of seasonal and environmental allergies include a runny nose, sneezing, sinus congestion, and itchy eyes. A less common symptom of allergies is vertigo, which is a severe form of dizziness. A person may experience this symptom during
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Doctors prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs long or short term to treat a range of conditions from allergies to arthritis. But could some of these drugs actually increase the risk for another chronic condition — diabetes? Share on PinterestRegular doses of glucocorticoids may increase the risk of diabetes, some researchers argue. Glucocorticoids are a type of anti-inflammatory
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The word shock can describe several different situations. Medical shock happens when the body’s cells do not get enough oxygen-rich blood. It is not a disease but a result of an illness or injury. A person may also feel shocked when they experience something unexpected. This shock is psychological and usually does not cause any
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Numbness means an absence of feeling or loss of sensation. A numb face can be a symptom of one of many health conditions, including migraine and allergies. Numbness on any part of the body usually occurs as a result of damage to the nerves or a disturbance in their function. Problems with the nerves can
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Epinephrine, also called adrenaline, is a hormone that the adrenal glands produce in the body. People use artificial epinephrine as a medication to treat severe allergic reactions. People who have allergies to specific foods, insect venom, or other substances often carry an epinephrine auto-injector to self-administer the drug in emergencies. Many people refer to this
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Some people experience itchiness, redness, or swelling after using a condom. These can be symptoms of a latex allergy. Latex comes from the milky sap of rubber trees. Manufacturers use latex in a variety of medical and commercial products, including condoms. Natural rubber latex contains proteins that can cause allergic reactions. According to a 2016
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Although most people can recognize a bee, hornet, or wasp as being a risk for stinging, many perceive flies as harmless. However, there are several types of biting fly. Although not all flies bite, those that do can be an irritation and danger to some people. This article will describe different flies that bite and
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An itchy mouth is a common symptom of viral or fungal infections. It also frequently occurs during allergic reactions. Itchiness within the mouth can range from mild to severe, depending on the underlying issue. In this article, we explore the causes of an itchy mouth. We also describe treatment options, strategies for prevention, and when
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Having an itchy neck can be frustrating. The itch may appear with or without a rash, and its potential causes include irritants and allergic reactions. Many home remedies, including cold wraps, can help soothe the sensation of itching. Having an itchy neck can range from being very mild to extremely irritating. Along with the itch,
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Itchy skin, which doctors call pruritus, is a common symptom that can affect any part of the body. When it affects the chest, this can indicate a range of causes, including allergic reactions, psoriasis, and kidney or liver problems. Depending on the cause, the itchiness may either remain confined to the chest or affect the
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The main symptoms of a shellfish allergy vary, but they can include vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain, and swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. These symptoms can occur within minutes of ingesting shellfish, but they may sometimes not appear for several hours. There are two different types of
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Skeeter syndrome refers to a significant allergic reaction to mosquito bites. Although most people will have some form of reaction to a mosquito bite, it is usually just an annoyance. However, people with skeeter syndrome are very sensitive to these bites and may develop a fever. The common symptoms of a mosquito bite include a
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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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Adult-onset asthma is asthma that develops in adulthood. In most cases, people develop asthma during childhood, though it can arise at any age. According to the American Lung Association (ALA), 1 in 12 adults has asthma. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that leads to problems breathing. It causes narrowing and inflammation of the airways
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A cough is a common symptom that occurs in a range of different conditions. Some, including pneumonia and asthma, require medical attention. It is best to see a doctor for coughs that persist for longer than 3 weeks, as they may indicate something more serious. A cough occurs when the lungs or airways become irritated.
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Something irritating or inflaming the nasal tissue of the nose is what causes it to become runny. To a stop a runny nose, a person will either need to stop what is irritating or inflaming their nose or take medications that will help reduce the inflammation and production of mucus. A runny nose is the
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