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Friends having fun while preparing fresh vegetablesAllergiesTerry Graedon - January 4, 2021
Woman hugs a pillow in bed. Do you love your pillow this much?AllergiesTerry Graedon - November 9, 2020
woman with spring allergies blowing nose in a field of wildflowersAllergiesJoe Graedon - March 1, 2021 - 80 comments

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!

Terry Graedon - October 1, 2020

Show 1229: The End of Food Allergies

Terry Graedon - May 25, 2020

Reader Regains Sense of Smell Lost to Flonase

Terry Graedon - May 4, 2020

Quercetin Is a Natural Way to Relieve Spring Allergies

Terry Graedon - April 16, 2020

Show 1208: Keeping Kids Healthy in the Age of Coronavirus

Terry Graedon - April 6, 2020

Can You Take 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!

woman using nasal spray
AllergiesTerry Graedon - October 14, 2019

Should You Use NasalCrom for Your Allergies?

Decongestant nose sprays can be used for only a few days before you risk becoming dependent. Using NasalCrom for your allergies is an alternative.

assortment of full-fat cheese
AllergiesTerry Graedon - September 9, 2019

Will You Breathe Better by Cutting Out Dairy?

One reader found a way to greatly improve hay fever symptoms: cutting out dairy. Would this work against your sniffles and sneezes?

Young woman experiencing horrendous itching scratches her arm
AllergiesTerry Graedon - August 19, 2019

Can You Stop Zyrtec Without Horrendous Itching?

After some people have taken cetirizine (Zyrtec) or levocetirizine (Xyzal) for months or years, they may develop horrendous itching when they stop.

Woman using an EpiPen Epinephrine injector into her leg
AllergiesTerry Graedon - July 23, 2019

Will New Epinephrine Shot Be More Affordable?

Novartis has brought out a new epinephrine shot for emergency use in case of allergic reactions. Called Symjepi, it costs less than EpiPen.

Neti pot with sterile water and salt for rinsing sinuses
AllergiesTerry Graedon - June 3, 2019

Why Sterile Water Is Best to Flush Sinuses

You can use a saline solution made with salt and sterile water to wash out your nasal passages and clear your sinuses during allergy season.

David B. Peden, MD, MS, expert on seasonal allergies
PodcastsTerry Graedon - May 23, 2019

Show 1166: How Can You Manage the Misery of Seasonal Allergies?

Seasonal allergies can make you miserable, but a combination of medication and common-sense measures can help you manage the symptoms.

young woman with sinus congestion
AllergiesTerry Graedon - March 18, 2019

Can You Ease Sinus Woes by Avoiding Dairy?

One reader found that dropping dairy products eliminated sinus woes. Could this be a symptom of a food allergy?