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Young woman's back has unbelievable itching with allergy skin problemAllergiesJoe Graedon - October 4, 2021
woman with spring allergies blowing nose in a field of wildflowersAllergiesTerry Graedon - September 27, 2021
Young woman experiencing horrendous itching scratches her armAllergiesJoe Graedon - January 10, 2022 - 33 comments

The Itch That Won’t Quit | Itching After Stopping Xyzal (Levocetirazine)

The FDA finally responded to our questions about itching after stoping Xyzal or Zyrtec. Why aren't people warned about this on OTC labels?

Terry Graedon - September 13, 2021

Mystery Allergen Nutmeg Is Tough to Avoid

Terry Graedon - July 5, 2021

Stopping Antihistamine Leads to Unbelievable Itching

Terry Graedon - May 31, 2021

Does Watermelon or Pineapple Make Your Throat Itch?

Joe Graedon - May 17, 2021

Do Flonase and Nasacort Harm the Sense of Smell?

Joe Graedon - May 3, 2021

Solve Spring Allergy Symptoms Safely!

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.

woman with spring allergies blowing nose in a field of wildflowers
AllergiesJoe Graedon - March 1, 2021

NasalCrom (Cromolyn Sodium) Is Surprisingly Helpful for Allergies

Are you sneezing, sniffling and congested? Are allergies making you miserable? Antihistamines and corticosteroids are popular. NasalCrom is another option!

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.

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.