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a bottle of PredniSONE 1mg, short-term steroid use, prednisone side effectsAllergiesJoe Graedon - June 20, 2022 - 18 comments

Prednisone Withdrawal: Can You Ever Stop Corticosteroids?

Corticosteroids are prescribed to millions of people. Many may not be informed about side effects or strategies for prednisone withdrawal.

Terry Graedon - September 27, 2021

Can You Take Quercetin for Your Allergies?

Terry Graedon - September 13, 2021

Mystery Allergen Nutmeg Is Tough to Avoid

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.

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.

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.