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woman scratching her backAllergiesTerry Graedon - October 24, 2022 - 255 comments

Zyrtec Withdrawal Is a Nightmare

We've heard reports from many people that getting off of Zyrtec (Cetirizine) poses a real itching challenge. Is there such a thing as Zyrtec withdrawal?

Terry Graedon - September 27, 2021

Can You Take Quercetin for Your Allergies?

two whole nutmeg and powder in spoon
AllergiesTerry Graedon - September 13, 2021

Mystery Allergen Nutmeg Is Tough to Avoid

With a lot of work and some luck, a reader identified nutmeg as the mystery allergen that had been causing misery. Pea protein is another.

Young woman's back has unbelievable itching with allergy skin problem
AllergiesTerry Graedon - July 5, 2021

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.

fruit platter with watermelon, grapes, kiwi, pineapple, honeydew, starfruit, strawberries could make your throat itch if you have OAS
AllergiesTerry Graedon - May 31, 2021

Does Watermelon or Pineapple Make Your Throat Itch?

If you have pollen allergies, eating certain fruits with related proteins might also make your throat itch.

man with a clothespin on his nose
AllergiesJoe Graedon - May 17, 2021

Do Flonase and Nasacort Harm the Sense of Smell?

Steroid nasal sprays may reduce or damage the sense of smell or taste; in some cases, they do not recover.

girl on grass with medicines for seasonal allergies
AllergiesJoe Graedon - May 3, 2021

Solve Spring Allergy Symptoms Safely!

Should you use antihistamines, steroid sprays or more natural approaches for spring allergy symptoms?

cones hold pine pollen, May cause allergy symptoms
AllergiesTerry Graedon - April 26, 2021

Are There Natural Ways to Reduce Allergy Symptoms?

Air filters and saline nasal washes can help reduce allergy symptoms. So can quercetin, a supplement, and plant-derived cromolyn.

Lots of pills with the sign SIDE EFFECT in the middle
AllergiesJoe Graedon - April 5, 2021

Should You Report Drug Side Effects to the FDA?

Have you ever taken the time to report drug side effects to the FDA? You should! Most doctors are too busy and drug companies hate bad news.

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? She will be sleeping a little longer.
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.