Allergies: As American as Apple Pie?

April 30, 2013

Children living in the United States who were born elsewhere are less likely to have allergies than those born in the United States, a new study shows. However, the risk of certain allergies among foreign-born children increases after they have lived in the United States for a decade, according to the researchers.

A Parents’ Guide to Food Allergies at School

April 17, 2013

Have you noticed how much talk there is about food allergies these days? While you may not remember any of your grade-school classmates having a food allergy, the odds are that at least two kids in your child’s classroom have been diagnosed with one.

Springtime Allergies More Severe, Last Longer Now, Experts Say

March 28, 2013

In much of the United States, there’s little evidence of spring yet, unless you have seasonal allergies. Folks with spring allergies are likely already experiencing sneezing, watery eyes and fatigue because of tree pollen, experts say.

Allergy Season Has Already Started in Some Parts of U.S.

March 4, 2013

The start of allergy season is overlapping with the cold and flu season in some parts of the United States, leading some people to wonder which ailment they have, an expert says. “We are already seeing patients coming in with allergy symptoms in Atlanta,” allergist Dr. Stanley Fineman, immediate past president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), said in a college news release. “Several people in the Southeast have been confusing their allergy symptoms for cold viruses.”

Beverley Mitchell’s Baby Blog: Do Food Allergies Disappear in Pregnancy?

January 14, 2013

Actress Beverley Mitchell (remember her? she played Lucy Camden on the TV show 7th Heaven) announced she is expecting a baby girl in April, and she’s blogging about her pregnancy on In her first post she mentioned that her food allergies to yogurt, eggs, and cheese have gone away and she can now happily munch on things she hasn’t had in years, like pizza! I had no idea that pregnancy could affect allergies, so I decided to find out more.

Tap-Water Chemical May Be Linked to Food Allergy

December 3, 2012

MONDAY, Dec. 3 (HealthDay News) — Certain chemicals used to purify tap water may play a role in the development of food allergies, a new study suggests.
Researchers from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) noted that the chemicals, known as dichlorophenols, are also used to make pesticides and may be found […]

Pollen Increasing at Feverish Pace, Study Finds

November 9, 2012

Many people believe that this was the worst year for hay fever, but seasonal allergies will get worse as pollen counts more than double over the next 28 years, a new study predicts. Pollen counts, which averaged 8,455 in 2000, are expected to reach 21,735 by 2040, according to the research presented Friday at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) in Anaheim, Calif.

Some Kids May Overcome or Outgrow Egg Allergy, Study Suggests

November 9, 2012

Early new research offers some hopeful findings for parents of children with food allergies. One new study suggests that some children with hen egg allergies could safely consume such eggs if they are baked at a high enough temperature for a long enough time. What’s more, investigators suggest that parents who start to incorporate such cooked eggs into their child’s diet may actually help them develop a broader tolerance to eggs than by avoiding eggs altogether.

Better Economic Status Tied to Peanut Allergy in Kids: Study

November 9, 2012

FRIDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) — Children in more affluent families are more likely to develop peanut allergy, a preliminary study suggests.
The researchers said their findings support the theory that a lack of exposure to germs during early childhood increases the future risk of allergies. This so-called “hygiene hypothesis” suggests that living in an overly […]

Study: Allergies Need to Be Taken Seriously

November 9, 2012

FRIDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) — The number of emergency room visits and hospitalizations caused by a life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis could be reduced if people with allergies took proper preventive measures, according to a new study.
Anaphylaxis can occur as a result of food and drug allergies or insect bites and stings.

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