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two whole nutmeg and powder in spoonAllergiesTerry Graedon - June 21, 2021
fruit platter with watermelon, grapes, kiwi, pineapple, honeydew, starfruit, strawberries could make your throat itch if you have OASAllergiesTerry Graedon - May 31, 2021
Young woman's back has unbelievable itching with allergy skin problemAllergiesTerry Graedon - July 5, 2021 - 56 comments

Stopping Antihistamine Leads to Unbelievable Itching

Abruptly stopping the antihistamine cetirizine (Zyrtec) led to unbelievable itching. The doctor who reported this had not seen it in the medical literature.

Joe Graedon - May 17, 2021

Do Flonase and Nasacort Harm the Sense of Smell?

Joe Graedon - May 3, 2021

Solve Spring Allergy Symptoms Safely!

Terry Graedon - April 26, 2021

Are There Natural Ways to Reduce Allergy Symptoms?

Joe Graedon - April 5, 2021

Should You Report Drug Side Effects to the FDA?

Joe Graedon - March 1, 2021

NasalCrom (Cromolyn Sodium) Is Surprisingly Helpful for Allergies

Friends having fun while preparing fresh vegetables
AllergiesTerry Graedon - January 4, 2021

Will an Allergen-Free Diet Help Your Joint Pain?

One reader found that following an allergen-free diet without dairy, eggs or gluten eliminated joint pain. Will it work for you?

Woman hugs a pillow in bed. Do you love your pillow this much?
AllergiesTerry Graedon - November 9, 2020

Is Your Pillow the Source of Your Allergy Symptoms?

Your pillow, much as you love it, could be harboring dust mites that can cause allergy and asthma. Do you need to replace it?

Sloan Barnett & Kari Nadeau MD, authors of The End of Food Allergies
PodcastsTerry Graedon - October 1, 2020

Show 1229: The End of Food Allergies

Strict avoidance is one way to manage food allergies, but it can be very difficult. Oral immunotherapy now offers an alternative approach.

dry nostrils
AllergiesTerry Graedon - May 25, 2020

Reader Regains Sense of Smell Lost to Flonase

Some anti-inflammatory nasal sprays have been linked to the loss of the sense of smell. One lucky reader celebrated its mysterious return.

woman with spring allergies blowing nose in a field of wildflowers
AllergiesTerry Graedon - May 4, 2020

Quercetin Is a Natural Way to Relieve Spring Allergies

The flavonoids quercetin and luteolin can dampen mast cell response to allergic triggers and ease symptoms from spring allergies.

Alan Greene, MD, expert at keeping kids healthy
PodcastsTerry Graedon - April 16, 2020

Show 1208: Keeping Kids Healthy in the Age of Coronavirus

How are parents and grandparents keeping kids healthy when they can't go to school or the playground? Dr. Alan Greene has suggestions for families, 4/18/20.

woman with spring allergies blowing nose in a field of wildflowers
AllergiesTerry Graedon - April 6, 2020

Can You Take Quercetin for Your Allergies?

Plants make some compounds to defend themselves that can be helpful for people, too. Should you be taking the flavonol quercetin for your allergies?

young boy with asthma using an inhaler
AllergiesJoe Graedon - March 16, 2020

Singulair – Montelukast Warning About Psych Side Effects

Singulair is sold as a generic allergy and asthma drug under the name montelukast. The FDA has just issued a montelukast warning about serious side effects.

a bottle of PredniSONE 1mg, short-term steroid use, prednisone side effects
AllergiesJoe Graedon - February 24, 2020

Prednisone Withdrawal: Can You Ever Stop Corticosteroids?

Corticosteroids are prescribed to millions of people for a variety of medical conditions. Many may not be told about side effects or prednisone withdrawal.

Several containers of household cleaners
AllergiesTerry Graedon - February 20, 2020

Are Household Cleaners Harmful to Babies?

Babies exposed to the fumes from common household cleaners during their first few months are more likely to develop asthma as youngsters.

a winter frozen mail box under snow
AllergiesJoe Graedon - January 20, 2020

Are Your Medicines Delivered in Cold Weather?

Do you get your medicines delivered? Many insurance companies require people to get their drugs through the mail. Are there concerns about cold temperature?

Woman scratching itchy arm
AllergiesJoe Graedon - January 6, 2020

Do Doctors Know About Zyrtec Antihistamine Withdrawal ?

Why doesn't the FDA require a warning about cetirizine - Zyrtec antihistamine withdrawal on the OTC drug label? Ditto for levocetirizine (Xyzal). Help FDA!